Practical "Dos" And "Don'ts" For A Healthy Morning Routine

Date November 30, 2017

The start of each day is a new page in each person's life. Unfortunately for most, the morning starts with an alarm clock and thoughts that often aren't terribly pleasant, and which set the tone and mood for the day. When we wake up, we almost immediately plunge into the day's routine of work, making mistakes, and by our own doing, making our already-high stress levels skyrocket.

The simplest way to solve this problem is to rid yourself of some bad habits and acquire a few new ones - habits that can make even the most depressing Monday morning bright and happy.

So let's start with some small things - specifically, 11 things that aren't terribly harmful, but should still be eliminated from your life.

1. Don't ignore the alarm clock.

Everyone is familiar with the feeling of wanting to shut off the alarm clock and sleep just ten more minutes. And many remain in a state of morning drowsiness, trying again and again to put off the moment of fully waking up.

Have you noticed that after playing this kind of game with yourself, you feel even more tired? This is the result of intermittent sleep, which has a negative effect on the body. Once you know how much sleep you need to feel fully recharged, set your alarm for a time when you won't be tempted to keep hitting the snooze button.

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2. Don't curl up "for a few more minutes."

Most of us love to just curl up in the morning and sleep for just a few more minutes in this comfortable position. Instead, try this for a few days: Lie in bed and thoroughly stretch for these same "few more minutes." You'll be surprised - it'll put a smile on your face! This light and effortless warm-up will help you wake up faster and get out of the bed in a great mood.

3. Don't grab the phone or tablet.

The time for checking your email is at work, and you can check news feeds and social network sites when you have a few free minutes, during your lunch break or when you're traveling to and from work. We don't live in a perfect world, and stressful things happen much more often than we'd like. Why darken those precious early morning hours with these things?

4. Give up the hot shower.

Warm water has an amazing ability to soothe and relax us, but in the morning, we need a charge of energy. Take a cool shower and make it as short as possible. A great tonic is a contrast shower; it will help you to wake up completely and trigger key metabolic processes in your body.

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5. Don't waste time making breakfast.

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but you can prepare it in the evening. Moreover, those precious minutes you spend at the stove could be used for beneficial sleep. Also, it is not recommended that you drink coffee first thing in the morning. The best thing you can do is to drink water. It stimulates metabolic processes, improves digestion and gives you a shot of energy.

It's also not a bad idea to look at what you usually eat in the morning. Of course, pancakes and waffles are delicious, which is why we all love them. But at this time of the day, your body needs protein. An omelet with vegetables, cottage cheese, or even yogurt will do the trick.

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6. Don't stare at the closet.

As a rule, we know what the next day will bring, and so the evening before we can think about what we'll wear. Think about what you'll be comfortable in, whether it will be appropriate for the situation, and get your clothes ready ahead of time. This includes washing and ironing.

7. Don't get ready for the new day in the dark.

There is a reason why it is said that, as soon as you get out of bed, you should open the curtains and let the daylight in. If you can't do this (for example, during the winter when it's still dark), turn the lights on. This simple trick will help you wake up and even lift your mood a little. Otherwise, your body will think that you've gotten up in the middle of the night, and you'll remain sleepy for the next few hours.

8. Don't leave the bed unmade.

Of course, no one is going to invade your bedroom and accuse you of being lazy. Making your bed has more of a psychological effect. When you make the bed, you can turn your attention to the day's activities, since you won't be haunted by thoughts of an unmade bed all day.

9. Don't avoid exercise.

We all know that 10-15 minutes of exercise each day helps us to stay healthy and remain in good physical shape. But few people realize that morning exercise affects our emotional and psychological well being. This seemingly unimportant activity helps to "purify" our consciousness.

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10. Don't think about yesterday.

Even if something unpleasant happened at midnight, don't let negative thoughts creep into your mind again. Get rid of the habit of thinking about what happened the day before - unless, of course, it will somehow affect the future. In this case, it is worth taking a step back and focus on finding solutions to the problem rather than having meaningless regrets.

11. Don't give in to a bad mood.

We all get up on the wrong side of the bed from time to time, but it's quite easy to remedy the situation! Try to immediately put yourself in a good mood - put on lively music, think about something pleasant, and dance. You'll orient your thoughts in the right direction, immediately lighten your mood, and feel more energetic.

It would seem that these things are quite obvious, but few put them into practice. And in fact, people with a positive frame of mind are more successful and happier than those who don't make their morning ritual a priority. Of course, if there are "don'ts," then there are also "do's" that will make your day easier and more efficient.

1. Give yourself a few moments of silence.

Many people like to get up a little earlier than the rest of the family so they can have a few minutes to themselves. Go to the bathroom while everyone else is still sleeping and take a few minutes to meditate. When everyone else gets up, you'll already be on the right wavelength and in full harmony with yourself.

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2. Make a few notes.

While sleeping, we are much more susceptible to new ideas than when we are working on something. Every person is in some way a genius, and it is precisely the night hours that make it possible to reveal this potential to a greater degree. Did a great idea come to you? Write it down and keep your notes organized. Have you ever had a wonderful dream? Add it to your notebook; just a few words can jog your memory months later and you'll remember it with pleasure.

3. Plan your day.

Try to establish your priorities; identify the most important, semi-important, and least important things that you have to do or can do today. Of course, during the day other urgent things will come up, but if you have a plan, then your time is organized, and productivity will increase.

4. Be thankful.

All of us have things to be thankful for family and friends being nearby, work that keeps us active and helps us learn and grow, passersby that have a smiling, cheerful attitude, and pets for their love and devotion.

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5. Eat breakfast with your family.

We spend too little time with our family. Of course, we provide for them, but we find practically no time to talk to them. Set aside 15 minutes to exchange positive thoughts and energy with your loved ones at the beginning of the day.

These habits can be adopted by anyone, and they can take shape much faster than you think. In just a few days, you'll be surprised at how bright everything has become and how happy you feel. The first few hours after you wake up have a significant effect on the rest of your day; it can be a good day, and you can successfully manage whatever might come up.

Source: The ListApartment therapy

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The advice provided in this article is for informational purposes only. Some of the suggestions presented in this article may be harmful to health or may be dangerous. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for harm or other consequences that may be caused by using the information provided in the article.