Self-Care: Start Your Day Right (#28SelfCareHacks)

Self-Care Hack #10

Starting your day off right sets you up for the rest of your day. Here are some things to consider adding to your morning routine.

Make Your Bed: Making your bed doesn’t sound like a necessity but it will help to start your day with order, a sense of accomplishment, and will promote other healthy habits. Plus, a 2012 National Sleep Foundation survey found that people who make their bed every day are 19 percent more likely to report getting restful sleep. 

Drink Water: Drinking water when you first get up is great for hydration and digestion. One glass of warm water or room temperature water is best. The recommended water consumption can vary based on age, weight, sex, activity level, and the climate you live in. But generally speaking, women should drink 90 ounces (11 cups) of fluids per day and men should drink 125 ounces (16 cups) per day. 

Meditate: Starting your day with a short meditation will help start your day with clarity and focus. It will also help to beat stress and provide a time of quiet reflection.

Move: Doing some sort of movement or exercise in the morning will energize and inspire you to be more active all day long. Research shows that exercising before eating breakfast will result in burning 20% more fat than eating beforehand. Plus, exercising in the morning can also help you sleep better at night.

Eat Protein: It’s beneficial to eat within one hour of waking. Having protein with breakfast can optimize your brain's ability to send messages to the rest of your body. If you combine protein with carbohydrates, your body will gradually digest your breakfast, staving off hunger and keeping you energized until lunch.