Aug 31, 2020 03:38 PM EDT
10 Things to Add to Your Routine for A Healthier Start of the Day
Do you always feel tired yet unproductive at the end of your day? That's no good! Make your days vibrant, healthy, and productive by adding positive habits to your morning routine. Assess your activities and see what you can do differently.
Often, the first hour of our days sets the tone for how the day will unfold. So how do you start a healthy routine? Here are a few ideas:
1. Plan your morning
How you start your day sets the mood or the rest of your day. To avoid feeling rushed and stressed in the morning, make your plan the night before.
Layout the clothes you will wear and mentally prepare yourself for what needs to be done. Get the proper amount of sleep. Lack of sleep usually makes you sluggish in the morning.
2. Follow your circadian rhythm
We all have internal clocks. The circadian rhythm is a natural body process that regulates our sleep-wake pattern. The mind and the body perform better when it is aligned with the circadian rhythm.
To start your day right, Wake up at the same time every day. Avoid hitting the snooze button. This will only confuse your mind and body.
Many people make an effort to wake up very early to enjoy a quiet time, all on their own before the day becomes hectic. You can do the same.
3. Drink enough water
Drink around 16 ounces of water after waking up to rehydrate your body. Doing this regularly awakens your metabolism.
While plain water is good enough, you can squeeze a lemon into hot water. It's better to drink this on an empty stomach. Drinking lemon water regularly can help you get more needed vitamins and help make your body stronger.
4. Morning workouts
The first 15-20 minutes of your morning should be spent doing vigorous movements.
Go for a short run outside. Alternate with a quick workout routine at your home gym and use Victorem bands for additional support.
The idea is to wake up your body, so you feel energized and ready for the day.
5. Deep breathing exercises or meditation
Taking a moment to breathe deeply relaxes your mind. Do a few rounds of breathing exercises. Next, spend 20 minutes doing self-reflection. Think about your goals and values.
Meditate. This practice nurtures mindfulness. Morning meditation can help clear your mind, make you calm, and develop your focus.
6. Diffuse essential oils
The scent of specific essential oils can have a calming or energizing effect. Try orange, grapefruit, or peppermint to keep you alert and focused.
7. Gratitude and journaling
Rather than focus on things beyond our control, make it a habit to think about 3-5 things you are grateful for. Acknowledge even the little things that make your life more pleasant. An attitude of gratitude brings positive impact, building your ability to face the day's challenges. Have a gratitude journal.
Journaling reprograms your subconscious mind. There's something dynamic about writing with paper and pen.
8. A good breakfast
To have a healthier body, be conscious of what you put into it. To start:
- Have some high-quality protein and healthy grains
- Eat something healthy like a vegetable salad with sliced fruits
- Try adding sauerkraut and other fermented food in your diet for bettergut healthand digestion
- Drink green tea instead of coffee
9. Read and learn something new
Make it a goal to read something every day to draw inspiration on. Pick up anything from an article or a chapter of a book. Find something exciting and inspiring for you.
In addition to reading, you can watch a TED Talk, listen to a podcast, or audiobook. Just dedicate some time for continuous learning.
10. A kind deed
Surprise someone with a good deed. Doing good deeds should not be difficult. By doing something good for them, you get the chance to improve their day - and yours!
Doing acts of kindness produces oxytocin, which helps to lower blood pressure. It increases optimism and boosts self-esteem. Kindness also powers up the production of serotonin, the chemical which makes us feel happy.
Manage your time well
Small habits, when done regularly, can instill a healthy morning routine. They don't have to take much of your time and can be practiced easily. If you cannot commit to doing all 10, choose a few to add to your morning routine. A major factor is to manage your time efficiently.
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