When your alarm goes off early in the morning, are you the type of person to feel energized and ready to greet the new day or do you pull the covers over your head and hit the snooze button?
How you start your morning affects how you feel throughout the rest of the day, which means that positive behaviors when you wake up can lead to greater positivity all day long. Humans are creatures of habit who embrace routine and structure, especially in the early morning hours to prepare for whatever the day may bring. Here are five morning habits I encourage you to try to set the tone for a positive day full of happiness, health and productivity.
1. Don’t Look at Your Phone
One of the worst habits you can get into is checking your smartphone for emails and messages when you wake up. This habit sends you into a reactive mindset and gets your head spinning with all the tasks that need to get done. For the first hour of your day, steer clear of your phone and other tech devices to promote a sense of inner peace and calm from your first waking moments.
2. Step Out into the Sunshine
Leaving your smartphone behind, step out into the sunshine at first light to help set your circadian rhythm, and take in a few breaths of fresh air. Take your dog for a walk, go for a light jog around the block or simply sit on the porch to watch the sun rise higher into the sky. Even if the sky is cloudy or the sun hasn’t come up yet, you’ll still benefit from the energizing power of the outdoors and a change of scenery from your dark, cozy bedroom.
3. Practice Yoga or Meditation
Another great way to start your day is to practice yoga or meditate, even if it’s only for a few minutes. Yoga is an excellent way to wake your body up, stretch those sleepy muscles, and boost your energy and mood. Meanwhile, meditation sets a tone for the day that you are in control of and ready to focus on just one important thing at a time instead of feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Try starting your morning off with 10 minutes of sun salutations to get your entire body warmed up, followed by five minutes of meditating about something for which you are grateful.
4. Eat Superfoods for Breakfast
Every positive and productive day starts with a healthy breakfast, which is why it’s a smart idea to add superfoods to your morning breakfast routine. A superfood smoothie is always a great option for quick and nutritious breakfasts on the go. Try our Cacao Coffee Shake or Matcha Frappe for an energizing blend that’s packed with antioxidants and nutrients. I also recommend avocado toast topped with Chia Seeds or oatmeal topped with Cacao Nibs and cinnamon for breakfast to ensure you're starting on the right foot – both physically and mentally. While these are some delicious suggestions, let's face it: when it comes to delicious ways to use superfoods, the options are endless!
5. Journal Your Daily Intentions
While you’re enjoying your delicious superfood breakfast, another good habit to get into is writing in a journal for at least a few minutes. Your journal is your own personal safe space, so you can use it however you’d like. Whether you write down a few daily intentions or just random ideas that come to mind, seeing your thoughts on paper is an effective way to empower yourself and reach your daily goals.
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