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Establishing a few good habits in the morning can help improve your life. It helps to keep you positive, establishes a routine that you can look forward to, and it can even be good for your mental and physical health! Here are 5 easy to pick up morning mindfulness habits you can start right away.
- Make Yourself a Morning Tonic
Whether you like an apple cider vinegar tea to help improve digestion, or a lemon ginger tea to help with detoxing, having a morning tonic is a great ritual to have. Experimenting with and adjusting your tonics to what you need that day is so much fun, plus the warm liquids will stimulate your body, encourage regularity, and is just downright fun to do! Be sure to give yourself enough time to enjoy it and take your time as best you can.
- Avoid Your Phone Like the Plague
When we first wake up in the morning, we enjoy a clarity that 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 on hold – all of that can come later. It is easy to get off track when we start with our phone early in the day.
- 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. It can help you have more energy to start your day and send out those hormones to encourage you to have a good day.
- 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! If you are not hungry right away, that is okay. Just be sure to choose some healthy foods when you do decide to eat.
- Plan Out 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! Be sure to fit in time to sit down for your lunch as well as at least a break or two away from your main job to give your brain a break so you come back to tackle the next items with a bit more clarity.
There are tons of ways to customize your morning, this is just a really fun baseboard to start with. Don’t feel like you need to implement all of them at once. Try adding one new habit at a time until you feel like it is working well. Play around with what works for you – aspirations, meditation, grounding – there are tons of options out there!
What will you add first?