Healthy A.M. Habits For 2017
The way your morning starts sets the tone
for the rest of the day. If you want to feel
calm, accomplished, and productive, you should
start incorporating these five morning rituals
into your life on the regular:
Your Phone Alone
Incredibly, 85% of us
sleep with our mobile phones next to our bed.
Then when we wake up, the first thing we do is
grab it and check our e-mail, Facebook, and
other social media apps. This is not the best
way to start your day!
You need to put
your phone away from your bed, so when you
wake up, the first thing you do is connect
with your loved ones face-to-face. This means
no cell phones, iPads, or laptops. Making time
to connect with them each morning, even if
it’s just for 10 or 15 minutes will help
strengthen your relationships. If you live
alone, you can use this time to connect with
your inner self by meditating, having a
relaxing breakfast while looking out the
window or enjoying an extra-long shower.
Get Your Greens On!
vegetables are very healthy for you because of
the vitamins and minerals they contain. The
chlorophyll in green vegetables helps to
regenerate your blood and has anti-cancer,
anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and
may not want to eat a salad for breakfast in
the morning, you can whip up a green power
smoothie for yourself, which only takes a few
minutes! Take a ripe banana, fresh (or frozen)
berries, spinach or kale, and some water (or
almond milk) and blend for 30 seconds to 1
minute. Drinking this in the morning several
times a week will give you energy and provide
your body with the nutrients it needs.
Move Your Bod
It’s a proven fact:
Exercise is very beneficial for your physical
and emotional health! If you don’t exercise
regularly during the day, then it’s important
for you to find a physical activity you can
enjoy doing in the morning.
Wake up 20
minutes earlier than usual and do some simple
yoga moves, hop on your exercise bike for 10
minutes, or dance to a few of your favorite
tunes while your coffee brews. The point is
for you to do an activity that you think is
fun so it doesn’t feel like work! Jump
starting your morning with a burst of physical
activity for a few minutes each day will
energize your body and mind.
One With Nature
No matter how busy you
are, it’s important for you to make time to
surround yourself with the sights, scents. and
sounds of nature. The best time to do this is
during the early morning hours, when the earth
is still and just waking up.
example, sitting outside while you sip on your
green power smoothie or herbal tea can help
relieve stress and place you in a relaxing,
meditative state. Quiet time spent outdoors
for a few minutes each day or even a few times
a week can help you connect with nature and
calmly prepare you for the day’s events.
Arrive at Work a Little Earlier
If you get to the office before everyone
else does and do most of your important tasks
first, you’ll get more done and will be less
stressed throughout the day. Doing this even
just once a week can make a big difference.
Think about it: Quiet work — without any
interruptions or distractions — can be the
equivalent to several hours of regular work in
a noisy and busy environment; especially when
e-mails keep flooding your inbox, your boss or
colleagues keep asking you questions, and your
phone is ringing off the hook!
off this New Year by taking care of yourself
physically and emotionally. By weaving some
(or all) of these healthy habits into your
morning schedule, you will energize your mind,
body, and spirit while calmly accomplishing
the things you need to do each day.