Do your days always seem to start off in a state of chaos? If you feel frazzled or stressed before the workday even begins, or you just find yourself in a constant state of rushing each morning, make some healthy changes to your daily routine. Making the time to slow down and ease yourself into the day can work wonders for your physical and mental health. Simple habits like being outside for ten minutes or drinking lemon water first thing in the morning can help to get yourself on a healthy track.
Here are six healthy ways to start your day right:
1. Get moving
Whether it’s a brisk walk outside or a full circuit training workout at Curves, exercising in the morning can give your mood a boost and help you get through a stressful day with ease. Schedule more intensive workouts in the morning for an endorphin boost that lasts for hours. Even something as simple as a 20-minute walk on your off days can be enough to enjoy some lasting wellness benefits.
2. Drink water
Drinking water can help you feel more energized. Drinking water first thing helps with hydration and getting a start on the 64+ oz recommended each day. Add lemon to the water for an invigorating twist.
3. Eat a well-balanced breakfast
Fueling up with the right combination of protein and healthy carbs can give you plenty of energy to get through a busy morning and can also help you keep your appetite in check the rest of the day. If you don’t usually eat breakfast, start with a nutrient-packed smoothie or a Curves meal replacement bar that will give your body the nutrients it needs after a long night fasting. Steer clear of sugar-laden cereals and fast food in favor of fresh fruit with yogurt, oatmeal, or scrambled eggs.
Get into the habit of stretching for at least 10 full minutes as soon as your alarm rings. Go easy and stretch gently as your muscles and joints aren’t warm like they are after exercise. Stretching can increase circulation and can also be a centering activity. Even though you might be feeling groggy or even a little tired when you’re getting up early, stretching can strengthen the mind-body connection and help you feel alert and focused – without the cup of coffee! This is a simple habit that will help you feel better almost instantly.
5. Skip the media ‘breakfast’
Refrain from turning on the television, radio, or even jumping online first thing in the morning. Tune in to yourself instead with a short journaling session, or read a few pages of an inspirational book. Filling your head with media reports and random social media bits first thing in the morning can make it that much harder to stay focused and feel balanced. Skip the media ‘breakfast’ in favor of more mindful activities that will help you feel focused and refreshed.