We all know that it’s important to get your ‘beauty sleep’ in order to feel your best in the morning, but what else can we do to start the day feeling ready to take on life? Keep reading to discover 5 ways that you can have a healthy morning to feel refreshed and invigorated!
Drop the Coffee
We completely understand wanting to drink coffee first thing in the morning, but putting the coffee maker on should not be your first move. Even though coffee does provide health benefits when consumed in moderation, drinking it on an empty stomach could cause gastrointestinal issues, nutritional problems, and potentially lead to anxiety/depression by increasing your stress hormones. Not convinced? Researcher’s say that drinking coffee right after waking up actually undermines caffeine’s effect – so if you need it to get you going you may want to hold off a bit, or else your tolerance will continue to increase. The lesson here is that you can still have your coffee, but get something else in your body first.
Drink your water
Instead of coffee, we recommend drinking a hot water/lemon mix in the morning to help get your body in line. Taking a moment to relax with this beverage will help you maintain your peace after waking up, and asides from helping to detox the body, lemon water also improves digestion, adjusts our body’s acid levels, helps prevent against kidney stones, improves skin, and helps boost your immune system.
Meditate or Sit in Silence
Taking the time to meditate after waking up can serve as a great way to center yourself and organize your thoughts for the day. We want to start our mornings with as little stress as possible, and doing this will certainly help you get into a positive mindset!
Move Your Body
Whether you do yoga, go for a quick run, or just do some light stretching, waking up your body helps prepare it for the day and can have a positive effect on our emotions. Getting your blood flowing helps release endorphins which will help you feel more energized, wake up your metabolism, and help you burn calories in addition to bettering your mood!
Just like your mom told you to eat your breakfast before school, we’re telling you to eat breakfast before work. Not sure what qualifies as a balanced breakfast?
See our tips below:
Make sure you have a good source of protein (eggs, turkey bacon, Greek yogurt, protein shake). Include fruit for a healthy dose of fiber, vitamins, and potassium. Eat your carbs! Our bodies need carbs to run properly, so don’t be afraid of having a piece of whole wheat toast or oatmeal to give your body the energy it needs.
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