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5 things to do before breakfast to kick-start a great day

Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD, EatingWell.com on

Published in Health & Fitness

We’ve all been there — hitting the snooze button several times before rolling out of bed, rushing out of the house, skipping breakfast — and still not starting work on time. You may not realize this, but your morning routine can determine the mood of your entire day. Luckily, there are five easy things that you can do before breakfast to kick-start a great day!

1. Try meditating.

Meditation is a great way to start your day off right. It allows you to reflect and focus on what you want to accomplish for the day. It’s a great time to calm your mind and fill it with soothing, positive thoughts. Studies have shown that meditation may help to reduce blood pressure as well as ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. It may also help people with insomnia.

2. Make time for a quick workout.

Feeling a little sluggish when you wake up? Try exercising. Morning workouts are one of the best ways to feel energized and boost your mood. In fact, a morning workout might even give you more energy than a cup of coffee or that expensive energy drink that you can’t live without! According to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, morning workouts can help to improve your attention span, visual learning and decision-making. Whether it’s an easy yoga session, a walk or something more intense, like spinning or running, any type of movement helps.

3. Drink a glass of water.

Everyone is a little dehydrated when they first wake up the morning, which is expected after going several hours without fluids. Forgetting to replenish those fluids can have a negative impact on your day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the lack of proper hydration can compromise your alertness, energy and cognitive performance. It’s recommended to drink at least 8 to 10 ounces of plain water upon awakening to rehydrate.

4. Get in some family time.

 

Connecting with family and close friends in a great way to boost your mood. Whether it’s a quick cuddle while you’re still in your pajamas, a phone call or good morning text or even an in-person visit for a morning walk, a simple conversation with family or friends can help to put your mind at ease and boost your mental energy.

5. Create a to-do list.

We all have those days when there are a million things to do, and not enough hours in the day to get it all done. To help your day run smoothly and stress-free, try creating a simple to-do list. A to-do list can help you stay organized and keep you focused on what needs to be done. When creating your list, be sure to set realistic and attainable goals. Don’t overdo it. As you cross items off your to-do list, you’ll feel a sense of relief, accomplishment and motivation to keep moving forward rather than feeling tired and overwhelmed.

The bottom line

Whether you do all of these things or simply pick a few, these easy-to-do morning rituals will guarantee your day starts off on the right foot.

(EatingWell is a magazine and website devoted to healthy eating as a way of life. Online at www.eatingwell.com.)

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