Healthy Morning Habits
Healthy Morning Habits
Rise and shine—tips and tricks to starting your day off right.
Skip the snooze button—tips and tricks to making the most of your morning.
Good morning, it’s the AM, and whether you want to admit it or not, the first hour of your day is going to set the tone for the following 23. Starting the day right is important, it’s also difficult, especially if you’re not an early riser. To get over the natural barrier of morning time and the siren song your bed sings to you every morning, it’s good to have a plan for how you want to start your day, your plan should be personal and cater to the kind of day you want it to lead to. Don’t know where to start? Here are a few healthy habits you can incorporate in your plan—if it feels right.
Don’t automatically hit snooze. We know how good it feels to deny the day as soon as it starts, but studies show that making a habit of it can leave us feeling more tired throughout the day. Consider whether you want some time before work to yourself - 30 minutes, an hour? Make ake sure you’re going to sleep at an hour that will allow you to get out of bed without too much debate.
Take ten deep breaths
If you’re giving the very idea of a morning routine the side-eye, this is the one suggestion that’s perfect for beginners, you don’t even have to get out of bed to do it. Taking intentional deep breaths is maybe one of the easiest ways to enhance your day. To start, deep breathing instigates the release of endorphins which not only perk your mood up but help to combat pain—so yes, that, please. Deep breathing also gives your blood a boost of oxygen which increases your energy, helps your overall body function and improves your stamina.
Our body is a tool. Whether we’re super active or live a more sedentary life. Our body takes a beating. Stretching every morning is a great way to get your blood flowing through our body to our brain, loosening up our muscles and helping us ditch any leftover drowsiness from the morning.
Water is one of the crucial ingredients that hold us together throughout the day. Dehydration is linked to a lag in mental performance, focus, and your ability to retain information. Although the effects of mild dehydration can easily be reversed by introducing fluid, there’s certainly no harm in remembering to hydrate before you start mainlining coffee. Drink water throughout the day as well, but kickstarting the day with a glass of water can change the tenor of the day. Try it out...it’s only a glass of water!
Eat a healthy breakfast
Breaking fast, breakfast, the first meal of the day—however, you want to dice it, it serves an important purpose. It breaks your body's overnight fasting period and replenishes your supply of glucose to boost your physical and cognitive functions. Breakfast is also a great time to pack in some focused nutrients in the form of supplements if you’re interested in a piece of morning chocolate, Fx Chocolate Superfood is the perfect piece to help your body kick start strong.
Make a list
When the day starts and the email notifications start to ding and the text messages roll in and the kids are up...yeesh… it can be hard to remember what you wanted or needed to accomplish in the first place. Before you press play on your day, make a list of things you’d like to get done so that you can revisit it when things get hectic. Don’t stress if you don’t get to everything on the list. We never really do. But the endorphin rush of checking off 1, 2 maybe 3 things is real. If you require a lil extra support when it comes to crossing off your list, check out Fx Chocolate Focus to experience what Ashwagandha can do for your cognitive function.
This might sound a bit out there to some of you, but science says that practicing gratitude can help improve your mood, physical health, self-esteem and sleep. So, before you start to get into the thick of the day, take a moment to look around you and find a few things that you feel grateful to have. It can be simple or provocative, but taking inventory of the good things can set a good vibe for the rest of the day. Not to brag or anything, but I’m pretty grateful that my daily vitamins are in chocolate instead of capsules. There I said it!
Mornings can be a make or break for the day ahead of us. So, when the day’s clock starts ticking, it’s best to start strong rather with a morning routine than try to gather momentum towards the end of the day. Make small changes that are reasonable, doable, and manageable and watch how they add up to a different kind of day.