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Mornings for me are when I love having my me-time. I wake up pretty early, at 5am, but don’t let that scare you! You can benefit from these healthy morning habits regardless of when you like to wake up.
The reason why I wake up so early is that I like to be up before anybody else in the house. It gives me the time I need to just sit there in peace as I go about my morning routine and get ready for the day, without any distractions or noise. I get plenty of those during the remainder of my day.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve developed a new and improved morning routine for myself which I love. So I figured, why not share it with the internet?
I love learning new ways to better my life and mental health, and if this inspires anybody to make the most of their mornings, I’ll be a happy camper.
If this seems like too much to do for you, don’t worry about it! Pick 2 or 3 habits and gradually increase them until you’ve reached your ideal healthy morning routine.
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So without further ado, below are 10 healthy morning habits I’ve been trying out, and I think you should too.
Don’t hit snooze
My biggest tip for the morning is not to hit the snooze button. Waking up the minute my alarm rings makes me less groggy than when I hit snooze. I don’t know what it is, but going back to sleep for 10 minutes after the alarm rings makes me super tired.
My rule is this: If I sleep early, there should be no reason for me to hit snooze. Keeping my phone away from my bed helps because then I am forced to get out of bed and turn it off.
Stretching in the morning helps with a lot of issues, and all it takes is a couple of minutes out of your morning. Some benefits of stretching include improved posture, increased blood flow, fewer aches and pains, and greater amounts of energy. There are tons of ideas for stretching out there. Pick one that suits your needs, and go slow if you are just starting out to avoid injury.
Water is super important first thing in the morning. When we first wake up, our bodies are dehydrated, and to rehydrate them we need to drink water. Water also helps wake us up, flushes out toxins in the body, and is an all-around winner in my book. Water is good for you, so drink up.
Let the sun in
Opening the curtains and letting the sun in is great for waking us up. Somehow it lets my body know that it’s the morning, and time to get out of bed and get on with my day. Plus, I think everything looks 10 times better with some sunlight.
Eat some breakfast
Probably one of the most cliche tips out there, but eating breakfast really is important. After a good night’s sleep, our bodies need food for fuel to get us started with our day. Breakfast doesn’t have to be a huge event either if you’re not feeling super hungry. Some fruit or a granola bar will suffice and will keep you going.
Take your vitamins
Taking vitamins in the mornings is the easiest time for me to take them, just because I tend to forget to take them later on in the day. By adding vitamins to my daily morning routine, it helps me not forget them, and they’re out of my way for the day. What you take will depend on your body and your needs so it’s always advised to check with your doctor, but what I take are a multivitamin, a hair skin and nails vitamin, and Omega 3.
Write 3 things you are grateful for
Gratitude journaling is something I’ve recently gotten into. Not gonna lie, I did feel silly at first doing it, but the more I write about what I’m grateful for, the better I feel about my life and I feel a lot more positive. If you would like to know how I’ve been writing in my gratitude journal, let me know and I will gladly make a post on it.
Make your bed
I’m not sure what it is about making my bed in the mornings, but it automatically makes my bedroom look 10 times cleaner. It also makes it so that I don’t have to worry about making my bed when I get home from work. If you haven’t been making your bed in the past, give it a try once you wake up. You’ll love it.
Put on sunscreen
This is the best thing you can do for your skin in the mornings. Even if you don’t wear makeup, putting on some sunscreen before you head out will protect your skin from sun damage. Sun damage can cause premature wrinkles, moles, and all types of health concerns.
Listen to something motivational
I love starting my mornings with listening to podcasts. I usually listen to them when I am getting ready in the morning, and it really helps me feel like I’m going to make the day my bitch. If you’re not into podcasts, maybe you could give TED talks a try. There are thousands to choose from and you learn something new from each one. Love them.
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