If your morning routine looks a lot like rolling out of bed and crawling to the coffee pot, it may be time to reinvent your schedule and try a new routine. Between work, chores, and family care, finding just a few moments of calm before starting your day may seem impossible. A consistent healthy morning routine can set the tone for your whole day, benefiting not only your physical health but also your mental wellbeing.
We’ve put together a few ways that you can start your day off right, and live a healthier, happier life.
1. Rise with the Sun (or Earlier)
You don’t have to be up and at ’em before 4 a.m. like Apple CEO’s Tom Cook, but waking up with ample time to meditate and focus on your day ahead has plenty of benefits. For one thing, you’ll actually give your body the time it needs to really wake up. Studies show that your body takes two to four hours to fully restart. While two hours less sleep may seem unreasonable, try it for a few days and you’ll notice the difference. Additionally, the Journal of Psychiatric Research reports that waking up earlier can lower depression and help overall mental health.
2. Fuel Your Body with a Healthy Breakfast
Eating breakfast has become quite the taboo, between intermittent fasting and fad diets, breakfast has become undoubtedly questionable. However, according to Whole Foods’ 2021 trend report, this year will be the year of breakfasts, and the reasons are backed by science! Breakfast has many benefits including providing necessary nutrients, lowering the risk of heart disease, boosting metabolism, and much more. Fuel your day with whole grains, natural proteins, healthy fats and a balanced menu of our favorite breakfast foods.
3. Don’t Forget Your Vitamins
Taking vitamins will help you boost your immune system and keep your body strong and healthy. Add high-quality multivitamins to your morning routine to round out any nutritious meal. The benefits of multivitamins are endless, and they can help increase bone density, energy, and even improve nails, skin and hair growth. Additionally, multivitamins simplify your life. Instead of worrying about numerous bottles and different supplements, you can get all of your minerals and nutrients in one simple pill. Start by choosing the right multivitamin for you. If you’re not sure where to begin, choose a well-rounded supplement for men or women.
Keep in mind that your multivitamin should complement what you eat. New Chapter multivitamins are designed to help your body absorb all of the nutrition you get from your diet, while adding the nutrients that we typically miss out on from our food. Choose a supplement that supports your lifestyle and diet, and if you’re confused or uncertain, check with a doctor.
Like any new routine, you may forget. Avoid this by keeping a bottle in your car or at the office. New Chapter vitamins are gentle on your stomach and safe to take at any time.
4. Practice Yoga & Meditate
Set your daily intention with a dedicated time to meditate and practice yoga. Starting your day with a yoga routine will help lower stress, improve energy, boost immunity, naturally improve heart rate and flexibility and more. Meditating yields numerous mental health benefits beyond the physical. Wake up in a better mood and enhance your awareness with morning meditation. These practices don’t need to take up hours of your morning, try a simple practice like this 30-second body scan meditation, and limit your morning flow to as little as 15 minutes. You’ll still reap the benefits of a stronger mind-body connection.