Today’s PRACTICALLY SPEAKING is about developing healthy morning habits. Do you have a morning routine? Studies show that those of us who do usually start off our day better and get more done! And it’s so much better for us to make healthy, purposeful choices in our lives! I must admit that I often roll out of bed way too early, grab a glass of water and coffee, turn on the news and get to work. Not the best way to start the day. So I’ve been researching a better way to start the day and am sharing what I found. Let’s work together to make a healthy morning routine part of our day!
Last week I shared 8 SMART THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU GO TO BED EVERY NIGHT. So, this week I thought we would talk about a morning routine!
These are such tried and true ideas.
WAKE UP EARLY AND AT THE SAME TIME EACH DAY
Having a set bedtime and a set wake up time is the best thing for your body! Make sure to get up a little earlier and enjoy a morning “routine” before you face the day! And don’t hit the snooze button. Studies have shown that it does not give us more sleep and only makes us rush through the morning creating more stress. Wake up and greet the day!
My husband, the doctor, swears by this habit. Bobby rises and goes to bed at the same time every day… even on the weekends! And he has a set routine in the morning before work. I call it “puttering”. But it works for him and gives him time to get set for the day! He’s my “perfect example”!
Reach for a warm cup or two of water with lemon or mint first thing in the morning! The warm water won’t shock our bodies. We have been without water for the whole night and needs rehydrating before we get our first cup of coffee! Make this a habit EVERY DAY! But do what I say and not what I do. I love ice water in the am!
After water… then we can drink our coffee!!!!
DON’T TURN ON THE TV… LISTEN TO SOME INSPIRING MUSIC INSTEAD
I’m such a news hound that this is hard for me. But I’m starting this new good-for-me habit. I have a Pandora station called INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TO WAKE UP TO. Choose music that gets you going in the am!
MAKE YOUR BED
This is a biggie! Studies have shown that people who make their bed every day are more successful and are more productive than those that don’t . It’s all about the habit of ritual! So mom was right! Make your bed!
Did you know that showering in the morning is better for your skin than showering or bathing at night? Our skin releases toxins while we sleep so it’s a good idea to wash them off in the am. And it helps wake us up too!
DRESS ALL THE WAY TO YOUR SHOES
I learned this long ago. When we get going and get dressed all the way down to our shoes we tend to start our day with more purpose in mind! This is a really great habit to develop! Dress to face the day!
I must admit, I’m not much of a breakfast eater. So, I opt for great protein smoothies with lots of fruit in them and my Juice + vitamins. Breakfast gets our metabolism going and gives us energy to get started in the morning. But don’t overdo it! Studies show that a light breakfast is best!
Doesn’t this breakfast look scrumptious? It’s one of our favorites! It’s Strawberry Shortcake with lots of fruit and milk. The shortcake is a lightened up version and so so scrumptious. You might want to give it a try!
TAKE YOUR MEDS AND VITAMINS
Take your med and vitamins like clockwork in the morning. My Bobby takes one pill and sets an alarm to remember. It goes off at 6:30 am sharp! I usually forget to take mine until noon. I’ll be setting an alarm like him!
Spend time every morning doing some kind of devotion and praying. It’s good for your soul and will start your day off right!
The best time to exercise is in the morning! It revs us up and gets our metabolism going for the day ahead.
I can’t say I love to exercise so I like to get it out of the way first thing! Swimming is my exercise of choice. That’s one exercise I do LOVE!
LOOK AT YOUR SCHEDULE
Start each day by checking your schedule and making a to-do list. Prioritize the top 5 things of the day and work on them first!
Did you know that people who spend only 10 minutes a morning planning get so much more accomplished than those who don’t!
PUT IN A LOAD OF LAUNDRY
If you sort a load of laundry at night it’s easy to stick it in the wash first thing in the morning. Make it a goal to dry, fold and put that laundry away the same day! If you do this you will have lots of nice clean clothes and a laundry basket that is manageable!
There you have a dozen easy to do, good for you things to do in the morning! The benefits of a morning ritual will carry on throughout the day!
And don’t forget to create an evening routine too! You might want to read 8 SMART THINGS TO DO EVERY NIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO BED
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