4. Stay Off Your Phone
While it’s tempting to reach for your phone as soon as you rise, a good morning routine will start with self-care first and phone last. Especially if you’re giving yourself extra time that isn’t mandatory to be awake, this is when you should prime your day for success. Once you’ve gotten the most important things out of the way (ie. shower, skincare, breakfast and meditation—if that’s your thing), then dive into technology. Scrolling through Instagram or getting caught up in a text exchange may not have a negative effect on your mental health, but it’s a passive activity that can make the time go by quickly and therefore lead to unproductivity.
We’re not going to sit here and preach staying away from caffeine. We drink coffee and we have no shame. But, as for our first sip of the morning? We stick to a tall glass of water.
Whether with lemon, a natural supplement or on its own, first reaching for a glass of water is among the healthiest ways to start your day.
If you wake up often in the middle of the night, stick to morning and afternoon sips, but if you can sleep through bathroom breaks, we recommend keeping water by your bedside.
To reiterate what you may already know, water is essential because it helps your body digest the food you eat, absorb the nutrients from it, and get rid of internal waste. After a night of (hopefully) solid sleep, rehydrating your body is crucial to having a clear mind and offering the energy to move forward with your day. Fill up your favorite trendy water bottle of the moment, and keep it with you at all times.
6. Fuel Yourself with Breakfast
Food is fuel. To ensure consistent energy all day, balance your hormones with a nutritious breakfast. However, to avoid spiking your blood sugar, try to reach for the healthy fats, protein.. and yes, carbs!
If you want something sweet, though, opt for fruit and yogurt -- According to some nutritionists, the morning is actually the best and easiest time to digest fruit.
Overall, just be sure not to skip breakfast. This actually slows down your metabolism, giving you less energy throughout the day.
Need some breakfast inspo? Below are a few of our favorites (p.s. some also have skin benefits, too) --
- Eggs: healthy source of protein, Vitamin E and A
- Fruit: provides energy and helps to detox the system
- Oats: will keep you full, and are made with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that help protect the skin from free radical damage
- Yogurt: rich in riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and probiotics. Probiotics are essential to gut health and a healthy immune system
- Whole Wheat Toast: gives boost of energy to start the day, great source of fiber and healthy minerals