Establishing a morning routine that will inspire and motivate you to have a good day is essential for maintaining your mental health.
That is why following these useful tips may come in handy when you feel like you’re having a rough period.
Wake Up Early
One of the best ways you can ensure to have a good start of the day is by waking up early. Believe it or not, waking up early has many benefits.
For instance, waking up early will allow you to go through your morning routine without any rush. You will instantly feel more calm and relaxed. Instead of running around the house feeling all stressed out and rushed, you will be able to walk through each step of your routine in a leisurely manner.
By doing so, you will have enough time for introspection. This allows you to get yourself in the right frame of mind for the day. You will feel extra motivated to start your day.
Also, quiet morning hours are the best time to get things done. It can be quite peaceful and relaxing. This way you are getting an early start on your goals. For example, you can start your day by doing a daily exercise routine or tackling a 30-day challenge.
In addition to that, waking up early will help you practice and acquire some very healthy habits that should become part of your lifestyle.
Smile and Think Something Positive
Even though this might sound silly, it’s a real game-changer. As soon as you wake up, try to smile. Just a simple act of smiling can have so many benefits for your mental health and overall mood. Scientists have proved that by smiling you get your body to release dopamine and endorphins which are the feel-good neurotransmitters. Smiling can do so much for you, especially in the morning.
Additionally, when you’re smiling you improve your overall mood even more due to the fact that your body releases serotonin.
Smiling can also strengthen your immune system. By remembering to smile in the morning as well as throughout the rest of the day, you will be warding off diseases, especially when it’s the flu season.
Though it may seem hard to smile as soon as you open your eyes, you have to try it. Even if you force a smile, you will still feel all of its amazing benefits.
You can also practice saying or thinking positive thoughts as soon as you wake up in the morning. These are some of the things you can repeat in the morning to motivate yourself:
- “Every day, think as you wake up: today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.” – Dalai Lama
- “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Also, try to keep these questions in mind:
What can I be grateful for today?
What are the things I am looking forward to today?
Make Your Bed
It might not seem like much, but making your bed in the morning can actually help improve your mood too. Make it a habit to always make your bed in the morning before you start with your other daily responsibilities and activities. This small step will help you create a certain sense of order.
Doing something so easy right at the beginning of your day will help you feel more motivated about other daily tasks you have to finish throughout the day. This habit also teaches you about handling your daily tasks in general. Always start from something small and less time-consuming.
Then, slowly work your way up to more challenging tasks as you go about your day. This way, you will gain the necessary confidence and motivation to get everything done.
Brush Your Teeth and Scrape Your Tongue
Most people learn from a young age to brush their teeth after they’ve had breakfast. However, it is actually much healthier to brush your teeth as soon as you wake up. While you’re sleeping a film of bacteria, plaque, is building up in your mouth. It is so important for your health that you remove this build-up when you wake up in the morning.
Not only is brushing your teeth early in the morning crucial for removing this layer of bacteria from your mouth, but it is also essential for coating the teeth with a protective layer of fluoride. This layer is meant to guard your teeth against sugars and acids built up on your teeth by the food you eat for breakfast.
You should also try scraping your tongue after brushing your teeth. One of the first reasons why you should do this is because by scraping your tongue you’re getting rid of your bad breath. Most bad breath comes from the built-up bacteria in your mouth, or more precisely from the back of your tongue.
Then, by scraping your tongue you are actually removing mucus from the surface of your tongue which can block your taste buds. The simple act of scraping your tongue can also boost your immunity by preventing toxins from being reabsorbed into your body.
Lastly, if you scrape your tongue regularly you will end up having healthier teeth too since scraping your tongue generally promotes gum and tooth health.
After you’re done with your breakfast, just lightly rinse your mouth with a fluoride mouthwash.
Drink Warm Water with Lemon
What you drink in the morning when you wake up also matters a lot. It’s recommended that you drink a tall glass of lukewarm water with half a lemon or even a whole lemon squeezed in it after you’re done brushing your teeth. This is a very quick and easy health tip that will have an extremely positive impact on your body.
Some of the health benefits include cleansing and stimulation of your liver and kidneys. Also, since lemon contains a lot of Vitamin C, drinking this beverage daily will help protect you from catching a cold.
In addition to that, drinking lemon water will alkalize your body. This is especially essential when your body does not have sufficient alkalizing substances and is overly acidic. That’s when it takes these substances from the bones or the vital tissues.
Lemons also have a lot of antioxidant properties that help combat free radical damage. This is what keeps your skin looking young and healthy. If you worry that you’re going to damage the enamel on your teeth with the acid in the lemon, you can try drinking your lemon water with a straw.
Also, if you feel like you need that extra kick of energy in the morning to get you throughout the day, drinking coffee is always a good option. You can invest in a high-quality coffee machine and have a cup of delicious coffee ready for you in just a few minutes every morning.
Do a Stretching Routine
Another thing that can help you get your day started the right way is stretching. You can come up with your own stretching routine that you can practice every morning when you wake up. This can help you loosen your muscles after sleeping as well as increase your blood flow.
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All you need to do is to take about 10 minutes of your time in the morning to do some simple stretching exercises. For instance, you can start by practicing guided yoga and seeing which exercises you enjoy doing. See which yoga poses allow you to fully connect to your mind, soul, body, and breath. Not only will you feel a lot calmer once you’re done, but you’ll also be ready to take on the day.
Meditating is also very useful and beneficial. You can start your day with an easy meditating session to set off the right mood for the day. Daily meditation can improve your overall focus as well as reduce your stress.
Meditation can also improve your emotional stability and prevent some of the most common health ailments. One of the simplest exercises you can start with includes focusing on your breath for about 3 minutes every morning and then you can slowly build from there.
If this is your first time trying out meditation, these are some of the basic instructions you can follow:
- First, find a comfortable position you can sit in.
- Then, close your eyes and try to focus on your own breath.
- Inhale for about 4 counts, retain for 4 counts too, and then exhale for 8.
- If you feel your mind wandering off, try to bring it back by focusing on your breath again.
- Do this exercise for about 3 minutes.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
You’ve probably heard this over a thousand times, but it can be helpful hearing it again: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Treat it as such. You should aim to eat a healthy breakfast that contains lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats each morning.
Some of the benefits you will gain from eating a healthy breakfast every morning are:
- You will be less hungry throughout the rest of the day.
- You will improve your focus and concentration abilities.
- You will reduce the risk of getting overweight.
- You will also have more energy.
Lastly, before you start doing your daily tasks such as- answering emails, listening to the new, and attending meetings- try to create something. For instance, you can start writing blog posts, draw something, make info-graphics, record videos for fun, start writing a novel, etc. No matter what you choose to be your creative outlet, just try to start your day in creativity-mode.
All things considered, there are many great ways to start a day by implementing a healthy morning routine. Try these easy and useful tips and you’ll soon be starting your days much happier and relaxed more than ever.
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