What does it mean to be ‘healthy’? These days, it seems like if you’re not up on the latest ayurvedic drinks or paleo diets that you’re missing out on a health-conscious movement. But living well doesn’t require a fancy routine. Try these tips to put you in tip-top shape and feel ready to tackle the day.
Drink a glass of water (optimal at room temperature)
We know how tempting it can be to brew a hot pot of coffee right upon waking to get our caffeine fix, but our bodies are practically begging for water in order to rehydrate after 6-8 hours. Try adding a slice of lemon to your water to better flush out your toxins and aid in digestion.
Paint a visualization for your day
It’s understandable that our minds may feel a sense of panic upon waking up – we think about our laundry list of things to do, what the weather’s like or how to best optimize our time before heading out. We have the ability to change our thought patterns around easily once we become aware of it. Picture your ideal day the moment you open your eyes and settle into consciousness. Then, tell yourself that something wonderful will happen to you today – and believe it.
Eat “brain food”
Many of us know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but how often do we sacrifice it in exchange for a few more zzz’s? For me, pretty often. Don’t just eat a yogurt or reach for a sugary cereal. Choose the most enriching options that will keep you mentally alert until lunchtime. Superfoods such as blueberries, nuts and avocados are beneficial in boosting cognitive function.
Avoid the media like the plague
It can be difficult (and sometimes impossible) to resist checking news feeds or turning on the TV to tune into what’s going on in the world in the morning. Let your first hour that you have to yourself be exactly that. Getting your day started on a high note is essential for your mental wellbeing.