No, ‘eat breakfast’ didn’t make the list (though it probably should have). Here are some of the lesser-known morning hacks you can start implementing to get more out of every day.
Start your day on YOUR terms
Opening your eyes to your inbox or social media alerts isn’t exactly the best way to ease into your day. Give yourself a ‘no-tech policy’ for at least the first 10 minutes after waking up. Think about a few of your to-dos for the day or reflect on a positive intention instead of worrying about someone else’s agenda.
Hydrate Each night we spend over 7 hours without any new fluid intake, so to say the least, we are definitely dehydrated. Within the first hour of waking up, aim for at least 2 glasses of water, especially since most people first reach for a coffee (which actually dehydrates us more!). This sets you up for a day of more energy, less headaches, and a better metabolism!
Get in some greens
Though a plate of veggies is probably not on most people’s list of ‘favourite breakfast foods’, adding a quality greens powder to your water (along with some fresh lemon to really wake you up) is a must! Especially if you have a busy day ahead of you, it’s easier to get to your minimum of 5 servings of vegetables when you start your day with them. If you can’t stand the taste of the greens powder, pour in a ¼ cup of real fruit juice to sweeten it up a bit.
In as little as 3 minutes we can greatly improve circulation to our upper body with some simple sun salutations, arm swings or circles. Keep your body moving and don’t’ forget to gently rotate your neck and shoulders to keep tension headaches at bay. Trust me on this one, set your phone timer while you’re making coffee or tea and feel the benefits!
Eat slowly (preferably at a table)
It’s bad enough that most of us rush through lunch and dinner, but let’s not add breakfast to that list! Keeping the nervous system relaxed for better digestion is key (even if it’s just for a few minutes drinking your protein shake). This helps to train your body to better handle any stresses that get thrown your way later that day.
Okay, be honest. Does this list seem overwhelming?? If so, start with ONE of the five suggestions and build up from there. Every small improvement counts!