When spring arrives, you often want to reset your body and life. To start a new healthier lifestyle, begin with your morning routine. The way your morning goes can make all the difference in your energy, focus, and mindset throughout the rest of the day.
Journal Every Morning
Morning routines not only include what you do to get ready for work or get your family ready to head off to school, but also what you do before other responsibilities. If you wake up in a stressed panic each morning, overwhelmed by your to-do list and constantly running late, then the rest of your day will likely be chaotic.
A better thing to do is to start your day 20-30 minutes before you need to get up. Use this time to yourself to get up slowly and participate in activities like journaling that are just for you. Sit quietly and write in your journal, whether it is a gratitude journal, you are writing what you plan to do that day, or simply try stream of consciousness writing.
I don’t always take time for morning journaling, but I do incorporate mindfulness / gratitude / breathing into my morning routine. What a difference! Truly.
Try Yoga or Morning Exercise
Another excellent practice for your morning routine is to do yoga or another relaxing physical activity. By getting moving in the morning, you increase your energy naturally, and get some mood-boosting endorphins going.
Morning exercise has a wide range of benefits as well, from getting it out of the way to where you don’t need to worry about it later, to boosting your metabolism for the remainder of the day. Get up a little earlier to have time for yoga, Pilates, or just a brisk walk around your neighborhood.
I hop on my elliptical machine, then do yoga and hand weights. It works for me and has changed over the years.
Start Your Day with a Smoothie or Green Juice
Getting more healthy nutrients into your body is another aspect of having a fresh morning routine for the spring season.
Fresh produce is now going to be in season, so it is the perfect time for smoothies and juicing, particularly with a green juice or green smoothie. These not only have fruits, but veggies and greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli. Adding herbs, spices and protein powder add great nutrients.
The green juice not only allows you to get a lot of your day’s needed vitamins and minerals, but it gives you energy.
Plus, when you get a healthy start to your day, you are much more likely to continue with it throughout the rest of the day.
Smoothies are my first choice for breakfast. Even when I make brunch for my family, I have a smoothie first thing. After that big glass of lemon water.
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