In this fast-paced world where we have to battle traffic jams and road rage even before we get to work, getting a healthy start to the day is not only essential for our bodies, but also for our sanity. The way your begin your day largely determines how the rest of your day goes. These three routines can not only lift your mood, they’ll also increase your energy levels and help keep you motivated throughout your 8-5. What’s even better is that they’ll only take about half an hour of your morning and that means you won’t have to wake up that much earlier.
- Begin by hydrating
There’s no better way to increase your body’s metabolism than by drinking water in the morning. Increased metabolism gives you the energy you need to face the day without burning out and as a bonus, helps you shed those pounds you’ve been gaining from sitting at a desk for eight hours a day.
Water is also known to flush out toxins from the blood and clean up your colon. This improves digestion, a much needed benefit if you depend on fast food for lunch.
Dehydration is a major cause of headaches and drinking water is a natural remedy to relieve them, any time of the day. In fact it should be the first course of action before resorting to over-the-counter painkillers.
If you’re trying to kick a caffeine addiction, hydrating can help you cut down on the number of tea or coffee cups you have in a day while battling the withdrawal headaches at the same time.
For additional benefits you’ll want to squeeze a few lemon slices into your jug of lukewarm water and if you’re not a fan of the sour taste, add a few spoons of honey to taste. Both lemon and honey boost your immune system and will fight off colds and flu on those particularly chilly mornings. Besides that, lemon and honey compound the benefits of drinking water by injecting vitamin nutrients that are crucial to healthy functioning of the heart, brain and nerves.
*Begin with two glasses of water (or more if you can manage) and wait an hour before having breakfast for optimal benefits.
- Stretching and Breathing Exercises
Next, you want to get your blood moving. Stretching in the morning is great for easing stiffness in the muscles, particularly if you’ve got a bad mattress or spend a lot of time sitting on a chair with improper ergonomics. It also improves your posture and increases your range of movement by relieving the tension in your muscles, leaving you feeling relaxed (albeit a little sore!).
Breathing exercises are great for stress release, particularly if you’re anxious about the day ahead. It also helps lower blood pressure and is great for the heart and lungs as it improves oxygen circulation, thus strengthening major organs in the body.
- Say your Positive Affirmations
Positive affirmations are one of the most important tools for maintaining our mental and emotional wellbeing. They help us become aware of our inner dialogue, of the thoughts swimming around in our minds and the feelings we are experiencing. By so doing, we are able to guard against negative thoughts and emotions from creeping into our minds and ruining the day. Positive affirmations allow us to take control and steer the narrative of how our day is going to go and consequently our lives. They help us manifest and achieve our goals and boost our confidence and self-esteem by declaring positive things about our careers, relationships and life in general.
Practicing this daily helps us immerse ourselves into the things, situations and people we desire and hence stay focused and motivated to make them happen. Affirmations also help us keep things in perspective and that means we’re constantly reminded to appreciate the little things we have in our lives and stay hopeful for those that we do not. Doing this regularly helps us acquire the habit of positivity in thoughts, words and actions, which draws other positive people and situations into our lives. This not only injects a great deal of happiness into our days but also drastically improves our health and wholeness.
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