7 morning rituals for a healthier day




The easiest advice to becoming a morning person? Start small.

The easiest piece of advice to becoming a morning person? Start small.

By improving one small thing in the morning, you set the tone for your entire day. Over time, you’ll notice that these small habits will add up and suddenly you’re a morning person and you accomplish more and more throughout your day. Go you!

I try to add all, or even just one, of these small activities into my morning routine each day so I can equip myself with the tools I need to hit the ground running:

1. Oil pulling

The very first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around in my mouth for about 15 to 20 minutes. Oil pulling is an old Ayurvedic practice, believed to promote dental health and cure 30 systemic diseases ranging from migraines to asthma. While traditional medicine hasn’t proved that it works, it’s a practice I truly believe in.

What better way to start your day off on the best foot possible than by removing harmful toxins from your body? I usually multi-task during this time and make my morning smoothie, get dressed and do some quiet meditation.

2. Stretch

Get that body moving first thing in the morning to alleviate any back and neck pain from sleeping and to aid circulation. Stretching will not only make you feel more limber, but will also increase oxygen to your brain to make you sharper.

1 Exercise For Toned Arms

3. Drink hot water

We hear about the endless benefits of proper hydration all the time, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that consuming H2O first thing in the morning is one of the best things you can do to keep your system running at its best. I prefer hot water with a little lemon to help with my digestion and pH levels.

4. Meditate

Surely you’ve heard about all of the health benefits of meditation, and it really is a great practice for the body and soul — no matter what time of day you engage in it. However, meditating in the morning, even if it’s just for five minutes, can be extremely beneficial to setting a clean mental slate for the day so you can conquer the tasks ahead with a clear mind.

Try an easy, 5-minute meditation

5. Avoid technology for 20 minutes

In my house, we have “tech turn down” time in which we all put our phones on silent or turn them off once dinner is served, because that’s our time to connect face to face as a family without distractions.

I also implement this rule in the morning and I’ve encouraged my children and husband to do the same. We’re bombarded with emails, texts, phone calls, social media activity and more throughout the entire day — it’s unavoidable! If you start your day by checking emails, you’ll start the cycle of mentally organizing and prioritizing tasks before your brain is ready to wake up. So, I take time in the morning just for “me” so my mind remains as uncluttered as possible.

6. Add protein to your breakfast

Exercise is important, of course, but diet is even more crucial to looking and feeling your best. The foods we put into our bodies can dictate how we feel all day long.

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