They say the morning sets the tone for everything to come. Without a doubt, starting your day off on the right foot (or the wrong foot for that matter) can affect you both mentally and physically. Everything from your health to your ability to react with a clear mind are at risk if a rocky start to your morning leads you down a mental doom spiral of frustration and (often justified) negativity.
There are certainly lots of ways one can set a positive tone for the rest of the day. In this article, we’ll explore five key methods for how to start your morning off right:
Get Enough Sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep holds a critical role in maintaining positive health. Getting enough sleep is crucial to starting your day off right. Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. This will help you feel rested and refreshed in the morning.
Without enough sleep, the study finds, you are more likely to experience:
- Impaired cognitive functions
- A lower immune system
- An increased risk of accidents
- And more…
Get That Worm
Early risers can enjoy more time to prepare for the day to come. This reduces stress sets a positive tone for the day to come. As a rule of thumb, set your alarm clock about 30 minutes earlier than you might normally. This is a great way to de-stress your morning routine.
Get the Blood Flowing
Exercise is a great way to energize yourself for the day ahead. Even a light walk around your neighborhood or some yoga stretches can go a long way. Relax your mind and body and you’ll be ready to tackle things even before the day truly hits.
An extra benefit of exercise in the morning is the hydration that comes with it. Drinking a glass of water early in the morning is a helpful way to wake your body and, bonus, get your metabolism and digestion going.
Set Goals & Make Lists
Who likes to venture into the unknown without a plan? By setting goals every morning, you can devise a clear path toward what you want to achieve. This will help provide an idea of where you should prioritize your time and what can be saved for another day.
According to the American Society for Nutrition, a healthy diet is a cornerstone for good health and weight management. And breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a healthy diet.
Be sure to choose healthy, balanced meals. This includes foods that offer protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. This will keep you feeling full and energized throughout the day.
Ellianos offers an enormous menu of breakfast staples. From our renowned coffee drinks to many nutritious breakfast items, our menu has what you need. Explore our menu or find a location near you to start your day off on the right foot!