The beginning of your day is so important. It’s the blank canvas for the picture you are going to create that day.
There’s a few simple things you can do to give your day a boost. They only take about 20 minutes. Start each day with these 4 healthy suggestions and you’ll feel the difference.
- Stretch. As soon as your alarm goes off, take a few minutes to stretch. You can actually do this while you are lying down. It’s even better if you start lying down because by the time you get up your body will be more responsive. You’ll also enhance the flow of blood through your body, providing an extra shot of oxygen to all your tissues. Stretch your arms over your head, stretch your legs, your neck, and shoulders. End with a neck and back stretch that propels you out of the bed. Take is easy and do what feels right for your body.
- Breathe. While you are stretching whether it’s lying down or standing up, take 10 deep breaths. This can be in-between stretches or while you are holding a stretch. Breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly. You want to breathe out the same speed as which you breath in, this will keep a nice rhythmic flow and get the lungs working and help with the stretching by getting the body to loosen up even more.
- Have the Right Attitude. Make sure you start the day with the right attitude. After you have done your stretching and breathing, say something positive to yourself before you take the first step to start your day. Something as simple as, “today is a great day, i feel good, and I am ready to be productive at work” or whatever it is you want to achieve that day!
- Drink a Glass of Water. Sounds so simple, becauseit is! You may have to force yourself to do this at first, but after week or so, your body will actually tell you to do this! Before you have your coffee or tea and start your breakfast, drink a glass of water. This gets the body hydrated and reinforces everything you just did!
If you’re feeling really ambitious, do 20 minutes of moderate exercise. This can be a walk, light jog or lifting light weights! It’s in no way draining or exhausting, its just to get the body moving.
Mornings are so important, they set the tone for our day and yet we are so quick to not take the time to make them count. Tomorrow morning, take the time to make it count!
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