GUEST POST BY LAURA BOGLIOLI
- No social media in bed!
If you typically roll over in bed and grab your phone to check social media first thing upon awakening, then you know how quickly this can get in the way of a productive morning. It’s easy to get sidetracked checking on what everyone else is up to, and before you know it 20 or 30 minutes have gone by! Skip the social media until you are finished getting ready for the day.
- Drink 16 oz of water
When we sleep we lose water through breathing, sweating and other bodily functions. It is important to restore any water loss that occurs during sleep. Drinking at least 16 oz of water upon awakening will get your body off to a great start!
After you’re out of bed it’s tempting to get your day going quickly, but spending some extra time stretching will help you have the best start possible. Muscles can become tight and tense after a night of rest, so it’s important to slowly warm them up before you begin moving around a lot. Stretching also has the benefits of improving mood, circulation, flexibility and also decreases the chance of injury.
Not everyone is a morning exerciser and that’s okay! But if you’re able to fit in even 20 minutes of morning exercise it will greatly increase your productivity for the day. Many people find that morning workouts help decrease stress and worries and increase feelings of happiness. Try walking around the block, doing a fitness video, or even taking an exercise class at the gym.
- Eat a balanced breakfast
We have all heard that a balanced breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how many people apply this knowledge to their own lives? It can feel challenging to get up and prepare a healthy meal, but the results will make your entire day run more smoothly. When we fuel our bodies at the beginning of the day, we give ourselves the energy needed to meet any challenges. Eating a balanced breakfast also helps curb mid-morning snack attacks and over sized lunch binges. A balanced breakfast should include protein, fats, carbohydrates, one fruit and one vegetable.
- Have a daily beauty ritual
We often forget to give ourselves the love and care we deserve in the mornings. Take a few minutes when you are getting ready to treat yourself to a small pampering ritual. Try using an exfoliating scrub with your favorite scent or give yourself a mini-facial.
- Listen to music that uplifts you
Music has the power to change your mood and set the tone for the day. Try playing your favorite songs as you get ready. Before you know it, you will be dancing and smiling and ready to take on the world. Avoid music that makes you sad or gloomy! It’s easy during a stressful morning to want to listen to music that matches a bad mood, but it will do more harm than good. Put on something cheerful and feel your stress slowly melt away.
- Think of a few things you are grateful for
Mornings can be hectic and stressful, making it easy to overlook the beauty in our lives and take things for granted. Focus on things you are grateful for, be it your car for transporting you to work, your family and friends for their support, or even your house for the shelter it provides you. Focusing on the good things in life is a great way to calm nerves and feel confident about the day ahead.
About Laura Boglioli
Laura is a holistic health coach focused on nutrition, fitness, and mind body health. Laura teaches clients how to make lifestyle changes to improve health and well being through eating well, exercising, and stress management. Laura enjoys cooking, crafting, hiking, yoga, and photography. Find more tips on nutrition, health, and wellness via Laura’s website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.