Starting your day off in a frenzy - pressing the snooze button, skipping breakfast, rushing out the door - only leads to a day that looks much the same. That's why it's important to follow a healthy morning routine to help you start your day off right. Beginning your day positively with a healthy breakfast, your favorite wellness or fitness activities and some happy thoughts can make a huge difference in the overall outlook of your day. Even if mornings aren't your favorite, a few simple changes to your routine can really make a difference in your life. Follow this simple 10 step checklist of our favorite wellness tips and you'll be ready to conquer the day!
1. Rest your mind
Turning your thoughts off for a few minutes (whether you want to call it meditation or not) can really help you handle and manage stressful situations. All you have to do is focus on your breath (in through your nose, out through your mouth) while at the same time clearing your mind and letting it relax. Try to do this for at least 5 minutes if you have the time in the morning.
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2. Be grateful
There are times when we focus too much on the negative things in our lives and ignore the positive. Take some time out of your day to think about the three things in your life you're most grateful for. Doing so can also help to give you more hope while setting a positive tone for your day.
3. Make Your Bed
The messy teenager in you might have a hard time with this one but trust us, a tidy space is a calming space. Making your bed every morning not only calms you, it can also lead to more productivity in your day. That's because making your bed every morning encourages you to complete another task and then another and so on.
4. Start clean with a fresh face
Washing your face every morning helps you feel clean and refreshed. A good skincare routine should always follow the same order every morning - a cleanser like Pure Fiji's Purifying Cleanser, followed by a hydrating serum, sunblock and lastly a hydrating moisturizer.
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5. Unplug from tech
It might be hard to do but try your best to stay away from your phone or computer in the morning. Try to stay detached from your technology for the first ½hour of your day so you can begin your day in a positive light; it'll help you stay in the present moment. And really, what's ½hour out of your day when you're most likely going to be spending the majority of the day on your tech devices anyways?
6. When you look good, you feel good
Putting time and effort into your appearance not only helps you look good, it can help you feel good too. When you feel like you look good, it can help build your self-confidence. Choose your clothes as you would your thoughts - with a positive mind and positive outlook for the day. To make it even easier on yourself in the morning, lay out your outfit the night before. This will give you more time to focus on grooming - makeup, hair etc. so you can always look your best.
7. Come up with one goal for the day
Your goal doesn't have to be life-changing, it can be something as simple as leaving for work 10 minutes early. By giving yourself some direction in your day, you'll be starting off on the right foot. By writing it down, you're holding yourself accountable, and more likely to accomplish your goal.
Finding some time in your morning routine to exercise can really set a healthy tone for the rest of your day. The rush of endorphins that you feel after a workout can help boost both your energy and your mood. By setting aside time to work out in the morning, you're also more likely to continue a consistent exercise plan. It can also help improve productivity and help you sleep better at night.
9. Make a plan for the day
If you don't know how your day is going to look or can't remember when you have appointments, you're sure to feel overwhelmed. Spend a few minutes in the morning (or the night before if you really can't find the time in the morning) and plan your day. Write down any events you have going on, your to-do list, appointments and anything else you need to remember for the day ahead. You'll feel more prepared to take on the day!
10. Wake up with lemon water
We all know that hydration is key when it comes to overall health and wellness so it shouldn't be a surprise that having a glass of water when you wake up in the morning is one of the best things you can do to set the tone for your day and keep your system running smoothly. Add in a little lemon to your water to help flush your digestive system and rehydrate your body.
Starting your day off positively can really set the tone for your whole day. By following a checklist, your mornings will be calmer and more productive leading to a more calm and productive day. A few simple changes like following a good natural skincare routine using Pure Fiji products, a few wellness activities and some positive thoughts, can make all the difference in your life. You'll feel happy, healthy and ready to take on the day!