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Five tips for a healthy morning routine

Kickstart your day with a healthy breakfast and vitamins. Photo credit: Gwyn Nielsen

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Ernest Hemingway described mornings as "starting well, just as the sun began rising."

He began each day with a morning routine and began writing as the sun came up. How do you start your day? Do you have a healthy morning routine? Do you check your phone first thing and scroll through social media to see what everyone else is doing? Or maybe you turn on the news. Did you know this can cause extreme stress and anxiety? What if you put you first and use your time to set yourself up to take on the day with success?

What you do in the morning can make a monumental difference in your attitude, appearance, energy levels, productivity and state of mind. Here are five tips to start your day right.  

Hydrate before your feet hit the floor. Your body becomes dehydrated after six to eight hours of sleep. By drinking water first thing, you begin to rehydrate, purify your internal system and kickstart your body with energy immediately. That's right -- water gives you energy! Before you go to bed at night, place a glass or bottle of water beside your bed. When you wake and before you rise, drink.  

Nourish your body.  A healthy breakfast will fuel and energize your body as well as improve concentration and strength. If you skip breakfast, you will be exhausted in no time. A sugary quick bite won't do the trick. Think quality proteins, slow sugars and vitamins. Here are a few options.

  • Proteins: eggs (a high-quality protein), kale, boiled peas, black beans, oatmeal, peanut butter (did you know peanut butter slows down the absorption of sugar in fruit?), almonds, walnuts, non-fat Greek yogurt, turkey and salmon
  • Slow sugars: Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, pineapple, raspberries, apples and kiwi fruit
  • Beverages: Coffee, hot tea, hot water with lemon and ginger, low-sugar fruit juice, milk or more water
  • Vitamins: daily vitamins supplement what your body needs throughout the day. They are important to your overall long-term health.

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Prepare your mind: All it takes is five to 10 minutes of quiet to clear and reset your mind. Consider sitting quietly on the floor with your palms upward and eyes closed. Take long, deep breaths for five minutes, pray or try journaling your thoughts.

Move your body: It is important to get your muscles warmed and your circulatory system in gear for the day. If you have 30-minutes-plus for a morning workout, that is wonderful. If you don't, get creative and keep it simple. Do jumping jacks and a few counter push-ups in the kitchen while your coffee brews, dance in the shower, briskly walk your dog around the block, march around your home, take the stairs versus an escalator, or park farther away and walk.

Cleanse your body: Avoid skipping a morning bath or shower to start your day. The water on your skin will invigorate you. Add aromatherapy by placing a few different scented body washes or soaps in your shower to mix things up.

You deserve a great start every single day. These tips can be arranged and scheduled in any order to fit your lifestyle. Give these five steps a shot, and see how differently your day goes.

Gwyn Nielsen is a military wife, volunteer, public speaker, and founder of, A Homemade Happiness Lifestyle Blog.  

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