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5 Healthy Morning Rituals

Updated on December 6, 2014

For many, waking up and preparing for the day ahead is a grueling process filled with rushed routines and half-eaten meals. This does not have to be the case. Starting the morning with healthy habits can set a positive, productive tone for the day. Most importantly, keeping these rituals consistent can enhance your well-being in the long run.

Ditch the annoying alarm clock.

Studies from the Institute of Industrial Health in Japan prove that the loud, beeping alarm clock is bad for the heart. The noise jolts sleepers from their vulnerable state of slumber resulting in high blood pressure and rapid heart rate. Over time, the body can develop physical and mental distress known as chronic stress.

Researchers recommend using alarm clocks with soft, gentle sounds or sunrise/dawn simulators. Open the bedroom window(s) at night so you wake up to the sunlight. Making sure to get the recommended time of sleep also helps.

Drink warm water and lemon.

Besides hydrating your body after a long night's sleep, simply drinking a cup of warm water with lemon juice can help improve digestion, skin elasticity, weight loss and immunity. Wellness educator Ashley Pitman emphasizes keeping the water warm, not hot, and squeezing juice from half a lemon. Changes to the body are gradual but noticeable if diligently consumed every day.

Eat breakfast.

Dr. Louise Chang of WebMD, affirms that a nutritionally complete breakfastcontains fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low or non-fat dairy products, and lean protein. These items, combined, help to improve concentration, endurance, and lower cholesterol.

Most notable, a healthy breakfast can regulate weight gain. Eating a morning meal can prevent hunger cravings and large lunches later in the day.

Show some love.

Kiss. Hug. Give high fives. Write a love note. Say "thank you," and "I love you." Express your love and gratitude to members of the household. This not only helps your family members know just how much they are appreciated, but it allows them to reciprocate their love to you!

Think happy thoughts.

According to the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking is the key to ward off feelings related to stress. Confident thoughts and self-talk can help reduce states of depression and heart disease. They can also remedy the common cold.

Happy thoughts come in a variety of forms. They can be affirmations, visuals of inspiring individuals, goals for the day, applied faith, kind wishes, and feelings of gratitude.

This can also help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) along with these 5 Healthy Habits to Follow for the Fall Season.

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      Janellegems 3 years ago from United States

      Great Hub. These are all cool, neat, morning rituals to ensure our health. Thanks for sharing.