5 Things To Do Before 8am

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How you start your morning is the key to setting the tone for the entire day. If you make the conscious effort to get up and incorporate a few healthy practices into your morning routine, you’ll find yourself more awake, more focused, and ready to take on the day! By developing a daily morning routine, you’ll also feel a little more centered, less hurried and more loved (self-love is real!). Here’s a guide on what to do before 8 am.

1. Start the day off with positivity

Look at yourself in the mirror, in all your morning glory, and say “I love you”! Be sure to preface it with your name. The relationship you have with yourself is the most important relationship you will ever have, and it sets the tone for the other relationships you’ll have in your life. If you want to take it a step further, add some affirmations into the mix. Type your favourites up, print them and stick them on the inside of your cupboard door or on your mirror. A few of my favourites include “Life loves me”, “Today I go out into the world knowing I am enough” and “My income is constantly increasing”.

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2. Write a gratitude list

What are you grateful for? Gratitude brings more of the good stuff and is a simple and effective way to set a positive and chirpy outlook on the day. Keep a little notebook or journal on your bedside table and write down 5 things you are grateful for each morning. It makes you realize how much you have to be thankful for, and looking back on the list while you’re feeling down is a great way to get your mood back up! If you ever get stuck with things to be grateful for, you can even thank the people that made your clothes, the farmers that grew your food or for something as basic as electricity or the love and support you’ve been given throughout your lifetime. Sometimes people look for big things to be grateful for, but the little things count just as much. There is always something to be grateful for. I have an app called 5 Minute Journal on my phone which is a gorgeous gratitude app that prompts you at 8:00 and 21:00 to reflect on gratitude. It allows you to add daily images and is a great place to store all your good feels. 

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2. Don’t check your phone

 

Your head is already full of the million things you have to do today, so sitting on your phone is not how you want to start your morning. Step away from your phone and wait at least an hour until you properly check your emails, texts, and social media. Set your phone to Do Not Disturb at night and don’t turn it off until after you’ve started your day.

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3. Work out or do some stretching

A few rounds of morning  yoga opens up your mind, gets your blood flowing, and prepares you for a good day ahead. If you’re someone who likes to work out in the mornings, by all means, go for it. But if not, try just a few rounds of a simple yoga flow to find a moment of calm, and wake up your muscles. If you can’t bare that, just try some stretches in your bed a moments after you’ve just woken up.

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4. Drink apple cider vinegar

Somewhere in your morning routine, drink a mixture of 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar in a half glass of water (depending on your taste). Is it as delicious as your morning coffee? Not so much. But it does help with controlling your appetite (by lowering your blood sugar), burning fat and aiding digestion. Add a small amount of honey if you can’t stomach the taste, but not if you’re watching your sugar intake. I usually just chug it down and get it over with, just as I’m heading out. (If you can’t stomach it in the A.M., just do it before bed.) Be sure to get an organic ACV with the ‘Mother’. I recommend the one from Braggs, which is available at most health stores and Dis-Chems. Don’t ever drink the clear kind!

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5. Eat a healthy meal

Set yourself up strong for the day with a breakfast consisting of healthy carbs, fats and protein. Try to steer clear of having a carb or sugar-loaded breakfast, since these won’t keep you full for more than an hour, and you’ll crash long before lunch. Try eggs and spinach or avocado toast and if you’re in a mad rush, cut up an apple and enjoy it with a tablespoon of peanut butter. If, like me, you can’t eat until about 10am, that’s okay! Don’t force yourself to eat if you’re not hungry. Listen to your body. 

Go forth and conquer your day, lovelies!