5 Great Ways To Start Your Day
The days are already starting to get a bit shorter on daylight and you might sense yourself feeling a little sluggish, wanting to roll over and pull that warm snuggy blanket over your head. Sound familiar? Don't let the back-to-school, fall dreariness get you down. There are lots of easy ways to perk yourself up in the morning.
Here are our top 5 tips to help you get your day off to a terrific start.
1 - Have A Drink
Start your day with a healthy smoothie or juice. Customize your morning drink with superfoods like blueberries, spinach, yogurt, flax or chia seeds and nuts. These are just a few of the foods that are packed with antioxidants, phytoflavinoids, Omega3s and fiber. Super foods have been found to help prevent everything from heart disease to cancer. Check out a more complete list of Superfoods on Web MD.
2 - Get Moving
It's a simple idea, but get up a just a little bit earlier, do some stretches and go for a walk. Get your blood moving in the morning and you'll reap the benefits all day long. A University of Georgia study discovered that folks who did low-intensity aerobic activity like walking around the block three times a week were less fatigued that those who went for higher intensity workouts in the morning. So, don't knock yourself out, just go and smell the roses!
3 - Be Thankful
Take a minute to think about all that you have to be grateful for in your life. One easy method is to start a journal and write down 5 things you're grateful for every morning. It's really difficult to start the day out grumpy when you realize all that you have to be thankful for. Put on your attitude of gratitude and smile!
4 - Tea Time
Trade in your morning coffee for a cuppa tea. Sipping warm tea has a calming effect and stimulates feelings of warmth and comfort without over-stimulating you first thing. If you want a little jumpstart you can still go for something with a little caffeine, black teas likethe traditional English breakfast. Or go for the health benefits of green tea or naturally decaffienated herbals like Chamomile, Pepperment, Hibiscus and Rooibos. Whatever your preference, you are bound to enjoy a cup of cheer. Try a blooming tea. It's fun to watch the little tea ball turn into a beautiful flowering creation. Don't like tea? Try drinking some warm water with freshly squeezed lemon or even better make Anupy Singla's Hot Water & Lemon Infusion. This healthy little rainbow of flavors can even chase away scratchy throats and get you feeling better quickly.
5 - Take A Minute To Think
In this crazy world where everything has to be done right now and you can't keep up with all that your friends and family have to say on every social media platform, it's important to take some time to stop and breathe. Take a few minutes to think about what you want to accomplish in the day. Give yourself at least one task to do just for you. Call a friend, check in on an older relative, send a handwritten note. Making a personal connection not only lets someone know you care about them, but also allows you to feel good too. Even a small effort to do something meaningful can make a huge difference in your day and your life.
How do you start the day? Hitting the snooze button and dragging yourself to the office? Why not try a few different ways to brighten your morning? We know you'll be glad you did.