Did you know that the first thing you do in the morning affects how the rest of your day will go?
That's why a healthy morning routine is so important! And it's even more important when working from home, being stuck indoors, and dealing with an unprecedented amount of stress.
A healthy morning routine can help you set positive intentions for the day that will help you feel more accomplished, focused, and in control of your life.
When we can't control what's going on around us, it's important to remember that we still have the power to control how we will react to the situation. A healthy morning routine is one of the most powerful ways to accomplish this!
Here are a few helpful ideas to help you create a healthy quarantine morning routine, even when you aren't able to go about life as usual. If you're feeling unmotivated, just remember that one new healthy morning habit can make an impact!
There's never a bad time to drink water. But as it turns out, arguably the most beneficial time to have a glass of water (and when your body needs it most) is immediately upon waking in the morning.
When you’re asleep, your body is in a fasted state and has been without water or food for about eight hours or so. For this reason, your body desperately needs rehydration to kickstart your metabolism, eliminate toxins, and get all your bodily systems moving again.
Hydrating with plenty of water first thing in the morning can also help you wake up and leave you feeling more energized. Believe it or not, a large glass of water infused with lemon can even be more energizing than caffeine (which can dehydrate you further).
So when you first wake up each morning, try guzzling down a glass of room temperature water (or lemon water) instead of immediately reaching for your usual cup of coffee. You'll feel the difference almost immediately!
Most of us use our phones as alarm clocks nowadays. So it’s an understandable and sometimes irresistible temptation to look at all of your notifications and scroll through social media and emails immediately when you open your eyes.
But this seemingly harmless habit can actually become an unhealthy impulse that triggers your stress levels to rise and clutter up your brain, affecting your focus and mood in the AM.
Instead, try breaking this impulse by putting your phone on airplane mode so that you don’t get any notifications until a time that you mindfully decide is acceptable. This opens up space for a healthy morning mindfulness routine where you can set your intention for the day without any outside influence or interruptions.
Still can't resist the temptation? Don’t use your phone as an alarm clock, and instead, put your phone in another room entirely or on a shelf where you can’t get to it first thing in the morning.
Get those muscles going in the morning! You can start with some light morning stretches, yoga, breathing exercises, or a quick walk on the treadmill or around the block. Even if it’s only five to ten minutes of light exercise or stretching in the AM, you’ll immediately feel the energizing benefits of increased circulation and oneness with your body.
Exercise (or even just a good stretch) can improve your mood, increase energy levels, boost metabolism, and improve your focus for the day’s tasks ahead!
Applying some of your favorite moisturizer or a spritz of infused thermal water on your face can really brighten up your complexion and leave you feeling energized and refreshed. Being stuck indoors doesn't mean that you have to sidestep your favorite skincare regimen or self-care routine.
Even though we're not able to go out anywhere at the moment, a bit of time spent on a self-care routine can still be very beneficial for your confidence and feelings of productivity. Spending a bit of time caring for your skin or hair can mentally help you feel prepared for a day of productivity ahead.
For many people, it may also help you work on tasks more seriously, since many of us are working from home for the first time. Working in pajamas isn't for everybody! And even if you aren’t working, it’s always good to feel like you’ve done some self-care by pampering yourself a bit.
Start a gratitude journal, or read a page or two out of your favorite book. Listen to a positivity or mindfulness podcast. Try a simple five-minute guided mindfulness meditation. There are so many things you can do to add a bit of joy and positivity into your life at the start of your day.
Positive thinking and affirmations can help you set a great tone for the day ahead and can even help you maintain a calm and balanced mood. And not just for the day. Researchers have been looking at the link between positive thinking, improved cardiovascular health, and a stronger immune system.
You’ve heard the old adage “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” That’s still mostly true, even if it has been a hot topic of debate for a while now. Your first meal of the day will help you concentrate, regulate your blood sugar, and help you avoid mood swings and cravings later on in the day.
Oatmeal, yogurt, avocado toast, eggs, protein shakes, or green superfood smoothies are excellent options that are full of protein, fiber, and all the essential nutrition needed to fuel your day.
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