With the welcome of a new season, fall can be the start of a new healthy routine to power you through the rest of the year. Taking care of yourself starts the moment you wake up and it’s important to gear yourself up for the shorter days and cooler temps ahead by designing your perfect morning routine.
Here are some tips to consider when re-designing your morning routine:
Give yourself time.
Starting your day off rushed can get your day off to a rough start. Be sure to provide yourself plenty of time to prepare for the day and actually enjoy your morning instead of hitting the snooze button.
Stay away from screens.
We’ve all woken up and immediately rolled over to check (and re-check) our phone until we realize we have wasted 30 minutes just scrolling. That’s time you could be spending establishing more healthy habits in your morning routine. Avoid the endless scroll in the morning by plugging your phone in away from your bed.
Eat a good breakfast.
You’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so treat it that way by eating a healthy and filling breakfast every morning.
RECIPE: Kale and feta breakfast burritos
Drink a full glass of water.
Spending hours asleep means our bodies wake up dehydrated. Drinking a tall glass of water early in the morning helps to rehydrate your body and will even help you feel more alert! (Dehydration is a common cause of feeling tired.)
It’s natural to want to stretch after you wake up. Listen to your body and stretch! Stretching in the morning relieves any tension from sleeping and it also “helps relieve stress, anxiety, improve digestion, soothe headaches and improve your overall health.”
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Brush your teeth.
Wash away your sleep by brushing your teeth to get rid of morning breath. A clean mouth and fresh breath help you feel good about yourself. Commit to brushing your teeth well every morning to start your day and your smile right.
Make your bed.
Making your bed is the small accomplishment that will set the tone for the rest of the day. Think of it as a task on your to do list: It’s only morning and you’ve already got something crossed off your list! (You will also feel more guilty crawling back into bed if you have already made it!)
Your best morning routine is one that works for you. Play around with some of these ideas until you find the perfect combination that suits you.
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