Are your mornings nothing short of chaos? Many of us struggle in the mornings – even those of us who work from home. Even those of us that have no trouble getting out of bed, and would consider ourselves to be morning people, struggle to get everything done and get out of the house on time. If you face a long commute or school runs, things can be even worse.
Have you ever noticed that your morning has a massive impact on the rest of your day? When your morning goes well, the rest of your day follows suit. But, when you have a bad morning, you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, you are rushed, things go wrong because you aren’t taking your time, you leave the house late which means that you get stuck in traffic and you are late for work, things continue in the same vein.
You arrive at work in a bad mood, having skipped breakfast. You are snappy with other people, and their mood comes down. You make mistakes, because you are annoyed with yourself, and you can easily have a whole day, where nothing seems to go quite right. All because your morning went wrong because you didn’t have a healthy morning routine.
When we have a healthy morning routine, life gets easier. Our stress levels drop, we get more exercise, we are happier, and we have more time for ourselves. Sounds good, right? So, here are some healthy habits to fit into your morning routine to start the day right.
Get Up Earlier
The best thing that you can do if you want to stop rushing around in the mornings and create a healthier routine is to get up earlier. Even an extra few minutes can make a lot of difference, giving you the chance to get what you need to be done without getting stressed out. I’ve found that 30 to 60 minutes in the morning to myself to organize my day and plan what needs to be done gets me off to a great start before the rest of the household is awake.
If you struggle to get up early, you might want to go to bed earlier. Try avoiding caffeine and screens before bed, and spend some time relaxing before you try to sleep.
Stretch Before Anything Else
Stretching first thing in the morning can help to wake you up, increase your energy levels, and boost your circulation by waking your body up. A simple morning yoga routine is great if you’ve got time. But, if not, start at your feet with some ankle rotations, and work your way up, stretching and moving every part of your body.
Exercise When You Can
Stretches are fantastic, but if you’ve got time, adding a little extra exercise is even better. Go for a run or swim if you can, or find a workout video that you can do at home.
Exercising early in the morning can boost your confidence and help you to feel good about yourself for the rest of the day. You are also less likely to put it off if you are doing it first thing in the morning.
Use a Body Brush Before You Shower
A bamboo body brush is a great way to remove dead skin cells and boost circulation. Go over your body gently, in circular motions before you get in the shower. You could improve the appearance of cellulite, create a more even skin tone and soften your skin.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Look at the products that you are using every morning. Read the ingredients. If you are using cleansers, toners, moisturizers, makeup and hair products, you might be exposing yourself to multiple chemicals every day. Try to buy more natural products, and stick to the same brands as much as possible.
Don’t Forget to Floss
It’s thought that only 40% of us floss every day and that around 20% of us never do. You might never have flossed in your life. But you should. Flossing removes trapped food and bacteria. People that floss are significantly less likely to have cavities, tooth decay and gum disease and their teeth are more likely to be clean and healthy-looking.
If you’ve never flossed before you might experience pain while flossing to start with. Try to stick with it, and any pain or bleeding should stop. If it’s still uncomfortable after a few weeks, speak to your dentist. But, don’t give up on flossing.
Set Goals for the Day and Write Your To-Do List
The first thing in the morning is a great time to set some goals and intentions for the day and to organize your to-do list. This can help you focus and give the rest of your day structure.
Never Skip Breakfast
Start a healthy morning with a healthy breakfast. People that eat breakfast are less likely to pick at unhealthy treats throughout the day and more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
What are some of your favorite tips to start your day off right? Leave them in the comments below.