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How you start your morning is the key to setting the tone for the entire day. Hitting the snooze button for a few more extra minutes of sleep may seem like the best thing at the time. But you’ll find yourself more flustered, forgetful and unprepared. If you make the conscious effort to get up and incorporate a few healthy practices into your morning routine, you’ll find yourself more awake, more focused, and ready to take on the day!
1. They don’t hit snooze
Hitting snooze will only make you more tired. I know, it’s tempting to hit that button for a few more minutes in bed, but what impact will a few more minutes have? Get up, and get going! You’ll find yourself feeling wide awake within minutes.
(Publisher’s Note: Also incorporating prayer and meditation is essential to starting your day off centered, mentally sharp and spiritually capable of handling the twist and turns of life that may come your way)
2. They don’t check their phone
Your head is already full of the extensive lists you have to get through today. So, sitting on your phone is not how you want to start your morning. Put down the emails, texts, and social media for after you’ve been up for at least an hour. Turn your phone on Do Not Disturb at night and don’t turn it off until after you’ve gotten your day started.
3. They do yoga
A few rounds of morning Vinyasa yoga opens up your mind, gets your blood flowing, and prepares you for a good day ahead. If you’re someone who likes to work out in the mornings, by all means, go for it. But if not, try just a few rounds of a simple yoga flow to find a moment of calm, and wake up your muscles.
4. They drink apple cider vinegar
Fill up a glass with water and add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Does it taste as good as your morning coffee? No, but it does help with acne scars, digestion, and lowers blood sugar (and therefore appetite). But you can add a small squirt of honey to make it a little easier to gulp down!
5. They write a gratitude list
A simple and effective way to set a positive and grateful outlook on the day. Keep a little notebook or journal and write down one thing you are grateful for each morning. It makes you realize how much you have to be thankful for, and looking back on the list while you’re feeling down is a great way to get your mood back up!
What are a few ways you get your morning started? We’d love to hear from you!