Here is Tip 5 of the 12 Basic Keys for Healthy Living!
Make every morning a good morning! There’s nothing quite like waking up, feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. If you start the day well, it positively affects the rest of their day. So what can you do to help ensure all your mornings begin great?
Pay special attention to what makes you feel energised to take on the day and develop a morning routine around these things.
Start by training your body to wake up at the same time each day. Grabbing a few extra minutes of sleep by hitting the snooze button may seem appealing at first but rising at the same time each day can actually help you get more rest.
Follow these tips to kick start your morning. Make it your power up session
Drink a full glass of water as soon as you wake up. This is critical for the health of your body as you have just spent the last 7-10 hours with no food or drink. You are dehydrated and your entire system desires water to arouse the joints and muscles, and stimulate activity of your brain.
Now that your body is nice and hydrated, and you feel more awake with water inside you, it is imperative to stretch your body. You have just spent the last several hours in a period of physical inactivity, and you will soon be embarking on a full day of movement so it is crucial to check in with your body and give it a good stretch from the head all the way down to the toes. I recommend spending at least 10 minutes doing a varied routine of full stretches.
After a productive morning stretch, take 15-20 minutes and let everything go and just be. Sit quietly in a comfortable area where you know you will not be disturbed. Meditate while listening to your breathing. Just close your mind and relax. Think of nothing but your breaths.
At the end of your meditation, as you start bringing yourself back to the day ahead of you, it is ideal to spend a few minutes visualizing your intentions. Visualize yourself having a tremendous day ahead of you.
Eat a good healthy breakfast. You need food for energy. Be very careful not to fill yourself with foods that have a high concentration of sugar and other simple carbs. Although these foods may solve the low energy issue, simple carbs will not sustain you and will 1) make you even more tired once the short term burst is over and 2) create some pretty detrimental health issues over the long run if eaten in excess. Eat a balanced healthy breakfast, porridge is my favourite with maybe a slice or two of wholwheat bread.
Finally purposefully feel grateful for everything that you have in your life. Begin implementing a thankful attitude in the morning for what you have in your life.
Perhaps you just have to wake up earlier, or maybe you have to replace some of your existing routines, but I guarantee you can find the time. And boy will you benefit big time from doing this every morning.