Top 7 Healthy Morning Routines

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Top 7 Healthy Morning Routines

A healthy morning routine can set the tone for a more productive and positive day, and while everyone’s ideal routine will look a bit different, some key habits can benefit just about anyone.

1. Wake up without hitting snooze

Hitting the snooze button will leave you groggy and frustrated– it’s best to wake up immediately when you get that buzz.

An easy trick is placing your alarm across the room, so you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off or choose a gentler alarm, like a vibration alarm on a smartwatch.

1. Wake up without hitting snooze

Hitting the snooze button will leave you groggy and frustrated– it’s best to wake up immediately when you get that buzz.

An easy trick is placing your alarm across the room, so you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off or choose a gentler alarm, like a vibration alarm on a smartwatch.

2. Make your bed first thing

If you wake up anxious or depressed, making your bed can do you a world of good by distracting you and giving you a sense of accomplishment as you bring order to the chaos – even if it’s only made from linen and fluffy stuff.

It makes sense that making your bed will set you up for a good day, considering how therapeutic it can be to hoover and clean the house.

2. Make your bed first thing

If you wake up anxious or depressed, making your bed can do you a world of good by distracting you and giving you a sense of accomplishment as you bring order to the chaos – even if it’s only made from linen and fluffy stuff.

It makes sense that making your bed will set you up for a good day, considering how therapeutic it can be to hoover and clean the house.

3. Drink a big glass of water

Drinking a full glass of water helps rehydrate your body and may even fire up your daily metabolism.

Avoid coffee or caffeinated beverages until after you’ve had your tall glass of H2O to help ensure you’re rehydrating properly before the diuretic effects of caffeine set in.

3. Drink a big glass of water

Drinking a full glass of water helps rehydrate your body and may even fire up your daily metabolism.

Avoid coffee or caffeinated beverages until after you’ve had your tall glass of H2O to help ensure you’re rehydrating properly before the diuretic effects of caffeine set in.

4. Get moving with exercise

Exercise releases endorphins to boost your mood while also increasing blood flow to help you feel more awake and alert.

Those endorphins are also fantastic at beating brain fog and giving you the urge to get things done – perfect for a productivity boost.

Even just 10-15 minutes is enough to reap the rewards. You can make it a longer, more strenuous workout 2-3 times per week.

The key is to make movement part of your daily routine right from the start.

4. Get moving with exercise

Exercise releases endorphins to boost your mood while also increasing blood flow to help you feel more awake and alert.

Those endorphins are also fantastic at beating brain fog and giving you the urge to get things done – perfect for a productivity boost.

Even just 10-15 minutes is enough to reap the rewards. You can make it a longer, more strenuous workout 2-3 times per week.

The key is to make movement part of your daily routine right from the start.

5. Practice mindfulness and gratitude

Apps like Calm, Medito, or simple YouTube videos can guide you through 5-10 minutes of mindfulness.

You may also want to take a few minutes to practice gratitude by journaling or thinking about a few things you’re thankful for – this positive focus can improve your mental well-being and outlook in the morning.

Incorporating a mindfulness practice like meditation or deep breathing into your routine can promote a calm, centred start to your day.

5. Practice mindfulness and gratitude

Apps like Calm, Medito, or simple YouTube videos can guide you through 5-10 minutes of mindfulness.

You may also want to take a few minutes to practice gratitude by journaling or thinking about a few things you’re thankful for – this positive focus can improve your mental well-being and outlook in the morning.

Incorporating a mindfulness practice like meditation or deep breathing into your routine can promote a calm, centred start to your day.

6. Eat a nutritious breakfast

Fasting has its place for weight loss, but skipping breakfast can lead to overeating or grabbing junk food when you become ravenous.

Oatmeal with fruit and nuts, Greek yoghurt with berries, or a meal replacement shake for calorie control are fantastic options—or grab an apple.

If mornings are too rushed, try meal-prepping overnight oats, hard-boiled eggs, or a nutrient-dense smoothie the night before.

Having a fuelling breakfast ready to go makes it much easier to start your day off on the right foot nutritionally.

6. Eat a nutritious breakfast

Fasting has its place for weight loss, but skipping breakfast can lead to overeating or grabbing junk food when you become ravenous.

Oatmeal with fruit and nuts, Greek yoghurt with berries, or a meal replacement shake for calorie control are fantastic options—or grab an apple.

If mornings are too rushed, try meal-prepping overnight oats, hard-boiled eggs, or a nutrient-dense smoothie the night before.

Having a fuelling breakfast ready to go makes it much easier to start your day off on the right foot nutritionally.

7. Stay off your smartphone first thing

Your smartphone is a fantastic tool for staying connected, but it gets to a point where it changes your behaviour and affects your life.

Social media updates and smartphone games trigger the release of endorphins. But unlike exercise, it creates a dependency: You need that reward cycle to feel normal.

The result?

A craving and anxiety to use your smartphone.

We say we banish it all together for the first hour you wake up – the only exception being when you need it for Maps or something else important, like your train ticket.

7. Stay off your smartphone first thing

Your smartphone is a fantastic tool for staying connected, but it gets to a point where it changes your behaviour and affects your life.

Social media updates and smartphone games trigger the release of endorphins. But unlike exercise, it creates a dependency: You need that reward cycle to feel normal.

The result?

A craving and anxiety to use your smartphone.

We say we banish it all together for the first hour you wake up – the only exception being when you need it for Maps or something else important, like your train ticket.

Summing up

Look for ways to improve your mental state first thing, like getting up on your first alarm to beat brain fog, making your bed for a quick win, and drinking a glass of water before coffee, so your body and brain have some ‘lubrication’.
Don’t neglect the quality of your sleep either – a new mattress could be just the ticket to the best night’s sleep you’ve had in ages.

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