Creating New, Healthy Morning Habits

Changing morning habitsGetting into a new, healthier morning routine can be tough.

Why?

  • Our brains are wired to follow existing habits. These existing habits allow our brains to go on ‘auto-pilot’ and save the hard thinking for other, more important tasks.
  • The existing habits have an established ‘reward’ for the related behavior (ex: take a shower = feel refreshed or brush teeth = fresh breath) already in place, which a new habit does not.

Considerations to start your day:

Do you immediately think, ‘I need more sleep’ as soon as the alarm goes off? If so, this is likely a habitual behavior or thought.

What if you could retrain your brain to think, ‘Yes, a new day!’ This new thought pattern may put your entire day in a new positive and less stressful perspective.  When your alarm goes off, immediately think affirming thoughts such as, ‘It’s going to be a great day. I look forward to meeting new challenges today.’

Does your day start in a frantic pace? Try waking up 20 minutes earlier and try a few of the following things.

  • Have a glass of water
  • Stretch
  • Breathe deeply
  • Meditate
  • Put your day in perspective with positive affirmations.
  • Reflect on the things you are grateful for
  • Spend a moment in nature

The morning sets the pace for your entire day. Starting it off right can make all the difference to your mind and body. Do you have other suggestions? Please leave a comment below.

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