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If you’re struggling to get up each morning, you’re not the only one. As the process of furloughing employees becomes a normal part of life and people continue to get sick with no end in sight, it can be hard to look on the bright side. So, if you get to midday and can’t seem to shake the morning blues, it’s quite natural since Americans are eight times more likely to suffer from mental health issues during Covid.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. With a simple-yet-powerful morning routine, you can set yourself up perfectly for the rest of the day and maybe even be as cheerful as Jimmy Fallon!… maybe.
Avoid Your Phone
Scrolling through your phone is easy, considering 71% of people sleep with it or have devices near their beds. Unfortunately, for something so small, the impacts of checking the news or social media are massive. Firstly, it prevents you from getting away from the negativity surrounding you. Secondly, there are tons of other stressors without news apps. For instance, you could check your bank balance and find out you have less money than you thought, which leads to a spiral of bad thoughts. Another problem I have is after turning off my alarm I’ll start scrolling my social media and emails. Somehow this creates a time warp and before I know it I’m already late for my day! If you use it as an alarm, that’s fine, yet once the alarm is off, don’t start scrolling. Instead get up and get going!
Kickstart Your Metabolism
Metabolism is more than the function that limits weight gain. It also affects mood swings since a hungry or snacky person is likely to experience ups and downs in their emotions. Thankfully, mixing lukewarm water with lime or lemon juice is a proven tactic for boosting the body’s metabolism. Also, all the ladies who take vitamins for women should do it in the morning for metabolism and brain-function purposes. This is because vitamins B and C work lead to stimulation, which is counterproductive at night. It’s cliche, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it encourages the wheels to start turning!
Usually, “exercise” would be on the list, which is like a red rag to a bull in many respects. Look, either you prefer to work out before work or when you get home, the decision is yours. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the pros of early exercising, such as increased blood flow to the brain and vital organs. Stretching and breathing deeply are activities that promote both of these effects, leading you to feel energized and ready to tackle the day. Of course, they aren’t strenuous, so it’s easier to find the time to stretch.
Make Time For Fun
You’re more productive in the morning, so it’s wise to kick off with your most difficult tasks. Ranking your workload is a smart move. But don’t forget to make room for some fun, too. My go to indulgence is watching Judge Judy. That’s right; don’t judge (no pun intended lol). Why schedule something that’s fun for you? It’s because the mental aspect of a hard morning can take its toll. Suddenly, after reviewing your day in your head, you could lose motivation. Even a small activity like making a hot drink and indulge in a healthy snack – is often the boost people require to get to lunchtime unscathed!
Do you have any morning health rituals? What’s your favorite from this list?
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