The expression ‘getting up on the wrong side of the bed’ came about for good reason. Starting your day in a well-intentioned, conscious manner is highly likely to have a positive impact on the day ahead. Morning rituals are important to take time out from a busy world to ensure self-care and to set priorities and goals.
1. Plan your day the night before
Organising routine things like clothes, breakfast, what time you’ll need to leave and what you need to take with you can help you feel in control and more relaxed in the mornings. Put reminders in your phone, or write a list for the day’s priorities, this eases a sense of feeling overwhelmed with workload, instead you focus on ticking one job off after the other. Hello sense of achievement without the stress!
2. Get up straight away
Because if you nod off again, you’ll feel worse, and you’ll be rushing, which is never a good way to start the day.
3. Lemon juice in warm water
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and a capful of organic cider vinegar in your cup the night before. In the morning just put in cold water, then top up from the kettle so it’s warm. Lemon juice activates your digestive enzymes, plus it’s alkaline, making it the perfect foil to any more acidic foods you may ingest later in the day, helps keep skin clear too.
Those who exercise in the morning are more likely to stick with their workout than those who exercise later in the day. There’s never going to be anything else happening at 6am! A 30 minute walk warms you as it gets your circulation going, supports your lymph system, aids stress and sleep, oxygenates, supports happiness and peace of mind and prepares you for the day ahead.
Natural sunlight sends a signal to your brain to slow the production of the hormone melatonin, which makes you sleepy, and start producing more serotonin to wake you up.
Meditation may seem a counter-intuitive thing to do in the morning, but rather than making you sleepy, it can actually stimulate your brain and helps you focus your breath. Research shows that mindfulness also affects the structure of the brain, changing it in ways that may increase attention span, sharpen focus, improve memory and enhance productivity.
6. Enjoy a cup of tea
Tea is full of antioxidants, which not only protect our cells from free radicals, but may also balance our mood and modulate hormones including serotonin (to wake us up) and dopamine (to make us feel good).
7. Dr. Hauschka face care morning ritual
8. Get warm
Have your shower and then get dressed. If you’re feeling cold, you are using more energy to keep warm and using less on inspiration and focus.
9. Eat breakfast
Food fuels mental performance and gives us energy, so it makes sense that a great day starts with a healthy ‘break’ ‘fast’.
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