25 Aug 5 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine
The way you start your day, can have a pretty huge impact on how the rest of your day pans out. A few simple habits can massively impact your energy levels and how awake and awesome you feel going in to the rest of your day. Below are 5 simple additions you can make to your morning routine that take almost no time at all but really make a difference to how fantastic you feel first thing.
Before we get to my list, my biggest tip is this…don’t be a hero! If you’re trying to do too much in the morning you can feel overwhelmed before you’ve even brushed your teeth. If you’ve decided that tomorrow when you wake up you’ll spend an hour meditating, run around the park, juice some kale, clean the kitchen, practice yoga, write a novel and learn a language (ok maybe I exaggerate but you get the idea!) the likelihood of you hitting snooze on your alarm at least 10 times is 99.9%.
BUT the habits below are so quick, simple and effective they’ll have you springing out of bed and bounding in to your day.
Make sure your read to the bottom of this post because some of the most important info is below habit number 5!
5 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine
1. lemon water
DRINK A HUGE GLASS OF LEMON WATER
I know, I know – you’ve heard it before. Drink lots of water blah blah blah. But knowing something, and actually doing it aren’t the same thing. It’s only recently that I’ve started having a huge glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon first thing and it’s definitely made a difference to how I feel in the morning. It’ll also set you up with the habit of drinking more water throughout the day. If I’ve forgotten to stock up on lemons I’ll do the same thing with just warm water.
DO MY MORNING BREATHING EXERCISES
Again its only been in the last few weeks that I’ve started doing these breathing exercises every day and wow do I feel energised afterwards. If I’m doing a morning yoga practice I’ll do this at the end of my practice but if I’m not I’ll just sit down on the floor with the stop watch on my phone and do these on their own. I really encourage you to try it – I know it sounds so simple but they really are powerful. Once you’ve done them a few times you won’t even need to refer back to my instructions you’ll know exactly what to do.
3. start simply
MAKE YOUR BED
Achieving one simple task with obvious results first thing is incredibly satisfying. Making your bed takes seconds to do and hardly any effort but you see instant results which instills a sense of accomplishment. It sounds like such a small thing but try it for yourself and see, you might find you feel a little more motivated to move in to your day and ready to get things done.
4. NOURISH your body
EAT AN AWESOME BREAKFAST
This isn’t a habit I struggle to maintain – breakfast is one of my favourite meals and I tend to have the time in the morning to enjoy making and sitting down to a yummy breakfast. However if you’re rushing out the door having some overnight oats or bircher muesli ready in a jar to take with you is an awesome idea. Eating a healthy breakfast is going to fill you with energy and set the tone for eating the most nourishing foods throughout your day.
5. stay calm and FOCUS
SWITCH YOUR PHONE TO FLIGHT MODE
If you have your phone close by while you sleep or use it for an alarm, its all too easy to wake up, switch off your alarm and go straight in to reading texts, or having a look on social media or even emails. This instantly sends your mind spinning in a hundred different directions, reacting to other people’s questions and thoughts, rather than having time to focus intentionally on you and your day. So try leaving your phone in another room, or if you need to use your alarm, switch your phone to airplane mode before you go to sleep so you don’t wake up to lots of messages and alerts.
Please don’t forget…
MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL
All of these healthy habits are simply ways to help you to feel your best. To enable you to feel your brightest and most energised so that you can have the best day possible. And that means that on those inevitable days when you wake up late and skip breakfast (or eat doughnuts dipped in coffee), when you don’t have time to exercise or make your bed, when you spend too long scrolling through your phone looking at other peoples healthy breakfasts and early morning workouts while you’ve forgotten to brush your hair (or spilled coffee and doughnut sugar on yourself), you’re still awesome! You don’t need to change anything, you are already enough, just as you are. So I fully recommend incorporating these habits in to your morning as often as you can to help you feel your best but on the days that you can’t be kind to yourself, smile and know that you’re already wonderful just as you are.
What are your favourite healthy morning habits? Comment below and let us know.