RISE & SHINE
As working adults, getting out of bed can be a hard task at any time of the year, especially during the colder months when staying wrapped in warm blankets is an inviting option. Maximizing your morning, however, is important to improving your mindset and productivity throughout the day. Beginning the day even a few minutes earlier can provide much needed preparation time before the hustle and bustle of the day’s events. Try one or more of these ideas to reap great benefits for the mind, body and soul:
1. Establish a morning ritual. There is comfort in routine – especially a healthy one.
Try to consistently wake up at the same time each morning.
Find a routine that feels like a helpful way to begin your day.
Look for opportunities to reduce stress.
2. Boost your metabolism. Give your body the hydration and fuel it needs for dozens of metabolic processes.
Drink 8 – 16 ounces of water the moment your feet hit the floor.
Try warm water with half a lemon for additional immune system and detoxification support.
Eat a balanced breakfast within an hour of waking up.
3. Prepare your mind. Enjoy the quiet hours of the morning to sit peacefully.
Seated meditation for five or more minutes is a grounding practice.
A few minutes of breath awareness can improve the efficiency of your breathing all day long.
4. Try a few morning workouts. With a little consistency, and the right activity, you may just love how a morning workout feels.
Life is too busy and too short to do (or try to do) something you don’t enjoy. Pick an activity you love.
Notice how you feel during and immediately after your workout. Also check in with how you’re feeling throughout the day.
Begin this practice by working out two or three mornings per week.
5. Set an intention. How would you like to see today play out?
Identify three important action items for the day.
What about the quality of your day? What mindset would be helpful to you?
Use positive self-talk, affirmations and self-compassion in this process.
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