The morning is the most important part of the day, as it is what sets the context for the rest of the day. A bad morning can make it easy to have a bad day, which is why it is so important to make sure that you start your day right and do what you can to feel good in the morning.
Here are four simply ways you can improve your mornings:
Regular exercise leads to increased levels of serotonin — a feel-good neurotransmitter that helps us feel optimistic and happy, and helps us resist negative feelings — and is found to have a positive effect on our mood both in terms of our sleep and overall health.
Exercise is the best way to increase serotonin levels, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Exercise also helps you maintain a positive outlook on life. Who doesn’t need that?
One way to turn exercise into a habit is by using a simple online or smartphone app that calculates your daily activity level. You can then set a targeted exercise goal for that day — two to three miles or more for a jog for example, or one mile for a 30-minute walk.
2. Avoid Your Devices
With more and more people working from their mobile devices on the go, it’s easy to feel distracted.
The best way to manage this nasty habit is to avoid screens for as long as possible in the morning. Not only will you begin to awaken to a more refreshed and reenergized morning, but you’ll also be much less likely to sneak and use your phone on the subway while commuting.
3. Get Up and Move Around
Seriously, who has time to sleep? But don’t get us wrong: these practices don’t give you time to slop around your place aimlessly.
Get up and move around because you’ll feel much better when you’re out and about and one of the best ways to boost your physical well-being is to get some movement into your day. Go for a walk — even if it’s just 10 minutes.
The more movement you can get into your day, the better for you.
4. Recharge Your Body
Your body is the most important tool in your life and taking care of it on a daily basis can really boost your mood.
A good night’s sleep and proper nutrition can help you feel upbeat and inspired and can also help boost your immune system and actually lessen the risk of heart disease, a disease that’s linked to stress and anxiety.
When we’re sad, we can often feel cold and clammy, which promotes an increase in the levels of stress hormone cortisol in our bodies. We’re also more likely to feel fatigued and short of breath when we’re stressed, and our digestive system slows down which makes us potentially less able to digest food.
The best way to re-energize and recharge your body is to gradually add dates to your diet — at least one a day. One day of dates is enough to help your body do long-term hormonal and metabolic changes to make sure it’s getting “recharged.”
Over all, our bodies don’t like to be constantly stressed out. So like a test to check the potential for heart disease, the more stress we feel in our body, the more likely it is that we’ll develop one of these chronic conditions.
Whether it’s about to strike or not, it is all too easy to start the day with an anxious kind of feeling — which is exactly why it’s important to start the day feeling happy. Tapping into the morning to help you hit the high notes is a good way to start your day feeling great — and avoid the trap many of us fall into.