How to make a healthy morning routine

It’s morning time again, as strange as that may sound! That lovely alarm clock has just softly – or perhaps not so gently – jarred you up from your comfortable slumber, and it’s time to get your day started. Or the sun wakes you up – possibly a rooster.

Before you settle into your regular morning routine, try out a few, if not all, of these healthy ways to start your day. You may make the most of the time you

have before heading out by doing so, and you’ll be more likely to keep to healthy living habits for the rest of the day.

Here are 5-morning routines to help you start your day off on the right foot.

1. Meditation. Meditation in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. It will assist you in becoming more focused, content, and upbeat. Your mind has a proclivity for jumping from one notion to the next. This is known as the “monkey mind” in Buddhism. One of the advantages of meditation is the ability to break free from regular thought patterns, particularly negative ones. This can assist you in moving from reactive state to a caring, proactive state of being. Set aside at least 10 minutes each day, first thing in the morning, to prepare yourself for the day ahead. The amazing spiritual teacher and inspirational speaker Louise Hay has a great morning meditation (available on youtube) that she suggested you listen to before you even get out of bed – how hard can it be? ☺

2. Get a large glass of water to drink. Pour yourself a big glass of water once you’ve gotten out of bed. Remember that your body hasn’t had any food or water in 8 to 12 hours. Therefore it’s dehydrated. Add a fibre supplement that aids your digestive system, if you want to take this healthy practice even further. One spoonful in a glass of water will not only help lower your cholesterol, but the added fibre will also make you feel fuller, preventing you from overeating when it’s time for breakfast. If that’s not your thing then just add lemon to your water or apple cider vinegar to give your digestion preparation and a healthy boost. Take a Probiotic while you drink that big glass of water. I take Sunrider’s Vitataste + flaxseed.

3. Eat A Healthy Breakfast. As you probably already know, breakfast is breaking the fast  and should be done wisely and well. Often considered the most important meal of the day and should never be neglected. Remember that your body has gone without food or drink all night therefore, one of the first things you should do is refuel your engine. Breakfast should be as healthful as possible. So fast fod from a drive through is usually out, plus most of those breakfast items can easily exceed 1000 calories. That’s a lot of food for a single meal. Anyway back to the healthy meal. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to swiftly prepare something nutritious to eat at home if you keep your refrigerator/kitchen/ pantry stocked with healthy options. Fruits, seeds, nuts, porridge oats, scrambled tofu, avocado on toast, fruit jams, theres so much to choose from. Don’t forget to take probiotics and digestive enzymes before you eat if you have been struggling with feeling bloated or having wind or any discomfort.

4. Write A To-Do List / Journal Another morning routine to get into is to jot down a few things on paper that you want to accomplish that day while you’re resting your breakfast. Any immediate goals you want to complete that day can be added to this “To-Do” list. These objectives could be related to your job, home, children, or weight-loss attempts. Having a To-Do list gives you specific things to focus on, increasing your chances of completing them and, as a result, being more productive. It’s also a great time to just journal and write down in a separate book your thoughts and feelings without judgement, just to get things out and on paper, it has been shown to be very healing and cathartic.

5. Stretch, Dry body brush and Shower – Do some light stretching, yoga or take a short walk, to open the body up, and allow the energy channels to clear and balance. Head to the shower afterward. Before showering use a soft dry brush to exfoliate your skin and get lymph moving, brushing firmly towards the heart, then shower in a warm shower and finish with a cool shower. This gets the circulation and lymph moving and also helps tone skin. Wakes you up too☺ 

6. Set a high standard for yourself. Start each day to do your best and achieve greatness. You are capable of anything in your early waking moments, before sight, sound, or smell. Then your “world” pours in, and you begin to fall into routines and patterns. Having a good morning routine is beneficial, but it is insufficient on its own. It would help if you held yourself responsible for your success and happiness. Keep a gratitude diary and write down what you’re thankful for as well as what you want to accomplish that day, week, month, or year. Begin with a little project and work your way up. You’ll learn to focus your mind on what matters most to you, and you’ll start to see how your vision of success will manifest. It will train your mind to look for the wonders of life throughout the day. You’ll start to rewire your mindset to be more positive, and you’ll start to assist others to do the same. This will also lower your stress levels, improving your overall health and quality of life.

Great morning habits will make you feel happy and energised to go out and create a successful life. Keep in mind that change occurs at various times throughout your life. First, become the person you want to be, and then the life you want to live will emerge around you.

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Anxiety Relief Tea That will Help with Stress

Feel Stressed? Wondering what teas you can drink to help with anxiety and stress? Herbal teas are an excellent alternative to chemicals, Prescriptions powered by who knows what ingredients for reducing stress and tension. Thousands of years and across many cultures, they have been used and practiced for their therapeutic and medicinal effects.

Maybe it’s time you joined the club and check out tea. Whether it is family obligations, financial concerns, deadlines dealing with the economic pressures, the list goes on …. stress may attack us all, young and old at any time. Unfortunately, if we like it or not, it has been come the norm and plays a significant role in our daily lives, especially lately. Many people will turn to synthetic pharmaceuticals for a ‘quick fix’, unaware of the long-term consequences on their minds and bodies.

Not all stress is bad. Some people work and perform better under stress, but if stress is prolonged, panic can set in and things can get out of hand. Our bodies are built to withstand, and thrive on small bouts of stress, in moderation.

Stress has always existed and evolved over time, and the practice of blending and drinking herbal teas for this prevalent ailment is still being done today. Maybe you are an annoying person with mood swings, or ready to pull your hair out, maybe try one of these herbal tea mixes and reclaim your calmness and sanity — and theirs.

Catnip

My cats love it and  I am forever finding them in the catnip herb garden, there must be something in it☺ But Yes, I get what you’re thinking, it’s for cats!!…but humans can also eat it! It’s known as the “anti-stress herb” and has been used to treat uneasiness and children who have had a horrible dream in the past. It’s even been used for insanity, not that it’s suggested you let your stress levels get so bad! It has a calming and soothing impact, and it can also be used to relieve stress and anxiety caused by nicotine or drug withdrawal. So get some growing in the herb patch and even your feline friends will thank you.

Peppermint

This plant is regarded as a “cure-all” in England, and it is listed in the Bible as one of the herbs used to pay taxes! It’s been used to cure hysteria ( again not suggesting you let it get that far, oh no) and nervous illnesses, and it’s also a great way to relieve stomach pains and cramps. So pick some up in the supermarket.

Ginseng

The moniker “king of tonics” is believed to mean “world wonder,” and the Chinese see this herb as a supreme treatment for all ailments. It is a powerful antidote to stress, and in the West, it is used to treat nervous and mental exhaustion-related loss of appetite, stomach and digestive diseases.

Chamomile

Chamomile, sometimes known as the “all-around comforter,” is a natural sedative and one of the greatest herbal teas for calming and soothing frayed nerves. This is due to its anti-spasmodic characteristics, which aid in the relaxation of your body’s muscles. It is usually even safe to use with restless youngsters due to its powerful relaxing and calming properties but always check before with your doctor, midwife or care provider as things are always changing  and its best to stay up to date with recommendations.

Kava Kava 

Kava Kava, often known as the “mood adjuster,” works by working on the nerve centres and stimulating them to ease anxiety, tension, and emotional stress. It’s also a gentle natural sedative that can provide a sense of calm without causing any loss of attention or changes in motor reflexes.

Valerian

Valerian is known as ‘Phu’ because of its peculiar and disagreeable odour. Valerian includes compounds known as ‘valepotriates,’ which give it sedative properties. It’s also known as “nature’s tranquilliser,” a sedative and anxiety reliever administered to civilians during WWII to help them cope with the stress of continuous air attacks. It’s still a very popular herb today to aid restful sleep and calm nerves.

Passionflower. 

Passionflower lowered anxiety during four weeks in one well-designed study; the herbal cure was just as efficient as a common anti-anxiety prescription. It is thought to be effective in treating agitation, irritability, depression, and opiate withdrawal. It’s available as tea or as liquid extract drops.

Lavender

In a recent study, lavender oil was found to relax people and regulate numerous symptoms similar to the prescription drug Ativan on patients with generalised anxiety symptoms. It is a non-sedating essential oil that can be inhaled or given as a crushed supplement in capsule form. Even having the lavender plant in your room promotes wellbeing as it’s aroma is beautiful and calming.

Lemon balm 

After just one dose of tea using the dried herb, it has been demonstrated to lessen anxiety. Lemon balm can be used in aromatherapy, or as drops in a bath for an overall anxiety calmer.

Ashwagandha

This is a herbal supplement that is provided as a standardised supplement to help with anxiety symptoms. Ashwagandha has been demonstrated in several studies to reduce the stress hormone cortisol as well as anxiety-related symptoms. It has no serious side effects and can be taken for a long time. It was found to be superior to Ativan in one study. It can be taken as a prepared tea or the powder can be added to other beverages.

L Theanine

Both black tea and green tea include L-theanine, a water-soluble amino acid. It can be consumed as a tea or as a supplement in the form of a pill. It’s non-addictive and doesn’t have any sedative effects. It is thought to reduce anxiety and stress-related symptoms by acting directly on brain regions.

Herbal medicines contain certain unique qualities that aren’t seen in benzodiazepines, which are usually used to treat anxiety. They’re all-natural vitamins that have been used for millennia with great success. They’re also non-addictive and mild on the body. Herbal tea is a safe and simple approach to maintain daily emotions of serenity. Herbal teas and the above-mentioned procedures can be utilised to assist ease anxiety symptoms without causing addiction or unpleasant side effects. 

Note: However as always, before you attempt them, check with your doctor to make sure they won’t interact negatively with any other medications you’re taking or that there are no contraindication’s for your particular situation.  They are, for the most part, free of adverse effects. However, it’s vital to keep in mind that herbs can interact with sedative medicines and other medicines, so proceed cautiously and see your doctor or a herbalist before beginning.

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