Too often we skip morning routines and go straight to work. Yet morning wellness routines have many benefits that will improve your morning routine, as well as the rest of your day.
In this post, I’ll talk about what to include in a morning wellness routine and why it’s important.
Drink a glass of water
The Japanese drink a glass of water as soon as they wake up. The practice is called “O-Ishi” or “Water from One’s Inner Self.” It may seem like a strange thing to do, but the benefits of drinking water first thing in the morning are indisputable.
First, it helps with chronic dehydration caused by our reliance on caffeinated drinks and alcohol (which have a dehydrating effect).
And secondly, if you are on a diet it can actually help to control your appetite by making you feel fuller.
So make a habit of drinking at least one glass of water in the morning with breakfast, and see if it helps get rid of those mid-morning hunger cravings!
Statistics show that 31 million Americans skip breakfast every day.
You are what you eat, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yes, breakfast really is that important! Breakfast impacts energy levels throughout your whole body and can help with maintaining a healthy weight as well.
If you make breakfast a regular part of your morning well you’re more likely to make healthy choices throughout the day. For example, breakfast eaters are more likely to have a higher intake of fiber, whole grains, and fruit throughout the rest of the day.
Exercise for at least fifteen minutes
Try finding time to exercise for at least fifteen minutes each morning.
Research shows that people who exercise first thing in the morning are happier, more energy, and generally perform better when they go back to work. Exercising also boosts energy levels and mood for better productivity at work
It also sets a good example for other family members as it shows a commitment to being healthy.
Meditate for 10-15 minutes
Meditating in the morning will set you up with a positive mindset all day long.
The goal is to get your mind in the right place before starting work.
If deep meditation is too challenging for you, try a deep-breathing routine instead. The meditation or deep-breathing routine should last for about ten to fifteen minutes. This will give your mind time to focus
Meditating also has many benefits that will help you during the day: it lowers stress levels, encourages focus and concentration, boosts energy
Research has shown meditation to be an effective means for reducing stress and anxiety. Meditation also boosts the immune system, enhances creativity, strengthens memory, and improves concentration.
Keep a journal
Journaling is one of the best ways to start your day.
Many people don’t journal because they think it sounds like meditation or a stream-of-consciousness exercise, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Journaling can provide you with clarity and focus before starting work each morning. It’s also helpful for creativity.
Take a small dose of CBD
Taking a drop or two of CBD before work can help you to feel more alert and less anxious. CBD is a natural anti-anxiety agent, which can help to reduce stress levels. CBD also has neuroprotective properties that make it an excellent choice for brain health – especially when taken first thing in the morning.
Taking CBD before work is no different than taking any other vitamin or supplement: you can take it in oil, capsule, or even vape it.
Spend five minutes outside
Spending time in the fresh air is always a good way to start your day. Research has shown that people who spend five minutes outside before starting work each morning are more energetic and less stressed during their day, overall.
If you’re not feeling motivated for some reason on Monday morning, spending a few minutes outside before you get off to work can really help you to get your day going.
How to get started
Morning routines are important to plan in advance, and it’s best the schedule them into your daily planner or calendar.
Next Sunday evening, get out your journal and plan your week’s morning routines. By the following Sunday, you’ll already notice the difference!