The first step in creating an effective morning routine is to actually create a routine instead of lying in bed until the last minute before rushing out the door. The second step is to fill that routine with good habits. Here are a few beneficial habits you can try tomorrow morning.
If you happen to live by an icy lake you can safely jump into every morning, take advantage of it. Otherwise, your next best bet is to take a cold shower in the morning. A study from the Netherlands found that people who finish their showers with at least 30 seconds of cold water tend to report 29% fewer sick days than those who take exclusively warm showers. Plus, that cold burst is one hell of a wake-up call.
No, we’re not going all “Mad Men” here. This morning cocktail contains just three ingredients, and none of them are alcoholic:
• 12 oz. water
• 1/2 organic lemon squeezed
• 1/4 teaspoon pink Mediterranean Sea salt
Drinking this brew each morning gives your body a boost by starting the day with extra
hydration, vitamin C, and electrolytes. Experts claim this morning cocktail helps increase
energy, removes toxins, and balances blood sugar levels.
Also known as square breathing, box breathing is a technique where you take slow, deep
breaths. You breathe in for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, exhale
through your mouth for a count of four, hold your breath for another count of four, and then repeat the process. The Mayo Clinic reports that box breathing can regulate autonomic nervous system, help deal with depression, improve your mood, and aid in pain management.
These are relatively small changes, but when it comes to your morning routine, the smallest habits can make a big difference.
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Randy Sklar, CEO
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