Do you have any healthy morning habits set for yourself? Or do you stumble out of bed after one too many snoozes, get ready, get the kids/family ready, and grab a breakfast to-go while gulping coffee as you drive to work?
Sound familiar? Well today I am going to share with you some healthy morning habits that will set the tone of your entire day while boosting your mood and outlook for the day.
How you start your day defines your choices throughout your day, therefore, incorporating a few of these healthy morning habits can guarantee you a productive and fantastic day ahead.
Are you ready? Here you go!
Healthy Morning Habits
1. Get up early.
I know that you have heard this one already. But trust me when I say that waking up early, especially before your kids do, will help you immensely. You get that alone and quiet time all to yourself as you do your morning chores completely uninterrupted. Getting up early also means you can squeeze in some personal time (for reading or making a healthy breakfast etc.) that you can’t do when you are in a rush.
Set your alarm to wake up a little early tomorrow morning. Baby steps is the key! Try doing it for 15 minutes early and to ensure that you do not hit snooze, move your alarm clock or your phone further away from you. This way when you get up to turn it off, you are already out of bed.
2. Do some light stretches.
If you are into yoga, get some done in the morning. Even if it’s just for about 10 minutes, stretching your body will get your blood flowing and get rid of the aches and pains you may be experiencing on your body/shoulders/back.
If you do not have a yoga mat, or you are not sure about how to stretch, just sit down on the floor next to your bed and stretch your body in all the directions. Here is a simple chart that shows you some quick stretch poses that do the trick.
3. Drink a glass of warm water.
After sleeping the whole night, your body is bound to be dehydrated when you get up in the morning. I am sure you feel thirsty as you head into the kitchen to grab a glass of water. Well, you know what, make that a cup of warm water instead. You can add lemon or honey for added benefits, but drinking just a cup of warm water after you get up has a lot of health benefits.
It helps with digestion and aids in constipation by tightening intestine muscles to ease excretion. It helps to decrease free radicals in your body, alleviates blood pressure, improves circulation by eliminating fat deposits in the nervous system, helps you lose weight, and decreases premature aging.
Wow!! All these benefits with a simple cup of warm water. What are you waiting for?
Now I understand that as a busy working parent, you may not find time or feel that it is important to read in the morning; especially when you have a whole to-do-list to tackle.
But trust me, just a few pages or 15 minutes of reading your favorite book or novel will ensure that you start your day feeling motivated and inspired. Reading encourages personal development and growth, especially in the morning when you mind is rested and refreshed. You will feel empowered and ready to handle anything that comes your way. WHY? Because not only do you feel proud that you read, but you also had that 15 minutes of alone/quiet time where you focused on nothing but the words flying off the pages of your book.
Instead of browsing through your phone or watching tv, grab a book and snuggle on the sofa for a few minutes. Watching tv or browsing online kills your rested mind by numbing your thinking, creativity, and your ability to reflect and plan.
5. Stay away from your phone.
We all know it, but we still get sucked into it! Emails and social media can be very addicting and reaching for your phone in the morning will only distract you and drain your energy before you even have a chance to fully wake up.
If your work is tied to your phone, then postpone it until after you have done the first 4 points I mentioned above.
6. Meditate or Sit in “Silence”.
As soon as my girls wake up and until they sleep at night, all I hear is “mom”, “mommaa”, “maa”. I love it, yes, but I also get exhausted from it. My girls are 5 and almost 2 years old, so it’s obvious that they will need me constantly. I love them so much, but I am sure all you moms can agree that mom life is also exhausting and draining.
Before my girls wake up and between the time my coffee is brewing to when I have to start work (5am), I sit down quietly in the living room and just stay there. I just breath and listen to the ticking of the clock on the wall, and the sound of the Keurig in the kitchen. Those few minutes, whether you do your proper meditation or just sit in a place calmly are super necessary for a mindful day!
7. Eat breakfast.
Everything starts with waking up early. When you have time in the morning, you can make and have a proper breakfast as well. Whether you like a smoothie or the classic eggs and toast, try to have a healthy breakfast every day.
8. Greet and hug your children (and spouse😉).
This is very important! How you greet your children when they wake up not only reflects on your mood, but also on their outlook towards the day. Morning hugs and kisses from little ones are the best – even from grown kids.
Research suggests that hugging produces resilient and smarter kids. It also helps them grow – hugging boosts oxytocin which stimulate growth hormones, and it also strengthens the immune system, and increases self-regulation in children. This ability to self-regulate is linked with decreased temper tantrums and emotional crashes. And the most important benefit of hugging is that it creates/strengthens your bond with your children.
9. Make your bed.
Making your bed is an easy win because it sets you up for a productive day ahead. Additionally, if your day is crappy, you will come home to a bed that is made and cozy, giving you a sense of encouragement that tomorrow will be a better day.
10. Write your to-do-list.
I am sure most of us already do this. But if you don’t, then start writing your daily goals each morning. Planning your day gives you the confidence and tool to have a productive day. By writing down what you need to accomplish, you can map out your day and time wisely which brings structure to your day and increases time management skills. Writing your goals enables you to prioritize your day and reduces anxiety and stress in the long run.
So there you have it guys! Some healthy morning habits to get you started on to a fabulous day!
What are some of your healthy morning habits?
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