Simple Ways to Start Your Morning
Ready, set, go. Just as you would set off at the starting line of a race, the hectic pace is how mornings begin for many men and women.
Instead of waking up with dread to face another hectic morning, consider these tips for a healthier way to ease into your daily rituals. While these activities may require you to allow extra time, you may be pleased with the productive results.
Meditate. A practice that has been around for thousands of years may still be one of the best stress busters for hurried mornings. To start, find a place in your home that is free of noise and distraction. Practice sitting still, with eyes closed, and focus only on your breathing. Using deep, controlled breaths, try to steer your thoughts away from negative and stress-inducing thoughts.
Stretch. While the most health conscious person may opt for a morning sweat-a-thon, working in some stretches can also be beneficial. When you wake, think about muscles you use most often and extend each one for 15-20 seconds.
Activate. Give your brain some fuel in the morning while also doing something nice for your mind. For example, journaling is a gentle way to ease into your morning and get your brain firing. If you can’t think of a topic, simply write down a few affirmations for the day, revisit a pleasant memory from your past, or scribble down a goal for the week. Journaling can be an uplifting way to engage the mind and express gratitude for the day ahead.