These five morning habits are reasonably easy to do and you’ll feel the results quickly.
1. Drink a Morning Tonic
A tonic goes one step further than just drinking water. While hydrating first thing in the morning is an excellent idea, follow that water with a tonic to improve digestion. Apple cider vinegar tea is great for improving digestion and lemon ginger tea is good for detoxing. Experiment with peppermint, lemon, ginger, and other herbs to learn what you need and enjoy. Another plus to a morning tonic is that the warm liquids will stimulate your body, encourage regularity, and overall tastes and feels good. Great teas can be found at your local health food stores or on Amazon. I recommend that you try your local shop and experiment. When you find what you like, then you can look for it online.
2. Avoid Your Phone Like the Plague
When we first wake up in the morning, we enjoy a clarity we won’t see again for the rest of the day. Don’t spoil the moment by immediately checking text messages, status updates, emails, and alerts. Enjoy yourself. Enjoy the morning. Put social media, email, and texting on hold – all of that can come later. I put my phone on the kitchen counter, away from the coffee pot, so it can recharge nightly. I check it after I’ve done my morning power hour.
3. Get Up and Get Active
Getting up and getting active helps wake you up more fully than a cup of coffee, and it can help you stay awake longer. Starting your day off with a little moving around also helps you get some exercise before your brain can object. Whether you’re a marathon runner or you just do a few sets of yoga positions, this is a very important part of healthy morning rituals. There’s a great online yoga site that you may enjoy. I’m enrolled in the Chair Yoga for Healing, Strength and Mobility course and it helped me a great deal with my temporary mobility issues and now I use it daily as a way to warm up:
4. Eat a Great Breakfast
Having a full, healthy, well-rounded breakfast is shown to help improve healthy food choices through the rest of the day. A good breakfast should include a source of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein. Including some veggies here and there during breakfasts is great, whether you prefer them to the side or in a green smoothie. I’ve been drinking green smoothies for many years and have found them to really help with mental clarity and morning energy.
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5. Plan Your Day
While you’re probably used to having a plan, learning to prioritize while you plan is a great habit to pick up. Choose 1 – 3 big or important things that you need to get done that day. Try to get them done at the beginning of your day so that you can fill up the rest of your day more productively. And, of course, make time for yourself. Need a planner? Try this one:
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There are many different ways to customize your morning, these 5 are just a good way to begin. Play around with what works for you – aspirations, meditation, grounding – there are many options and variations available to you. The important thing is that you start now to get control of your morning and set the tone for a day that supports your goals for Mindful Living.