8 Healthy Habits to Start Your Day Off Right

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If you’re striving to live a healthier life, starting the day off right can make the difference in achieving your goals for the day. It’s not always easy to live a healthy life, but if you incorporate changes gradually, you’ll affect your lifestyle in positive ways. Starting your day with healthy practices helps establish a healthy mindset for the rest of the day.

Implementing these healthy habits in the morning will invigorate you all day:

1. Get plenty of sleep the night before.

Experts advise 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly for your health.

* It’s widely known that caffeine can cause sleep disturbances. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep, consider stopping your use of caffeine. Switching to decaffeinated beverages, for example, might improve your sleep.

* If you get a good night’s sleep, you’ll be ready to get out of bed at a reasonable time. For best results, arise at the same time each morning and retire at the same time each night.

2. Establish a routine to take care of your skin.

Clean your face first thing in the morning.  For alternatives to traditional harsh soap-based cleansers, consider adopting an oil cleansing routine instead.  You can do this with olive oil, castor oil, or my personal favorite, coconut oil.

* Don’t neglect the rest of your body.  Apply a natural lotion all over your skin to protect from free radicals in the environment that assault your skin throughout the day. Providing a protective layer of lotion over your skin every morning is an excellent healthy habit.

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3. Drink plenty of liquids as a healthy start to your day.

Hydrating your body and skin for the day is a habit that will pay off in many ways. It helps your body and mind all the way down to the cellular level for peak performance.

4. Have a good breakfast.

The possibilities for a healthy breakfast are varied:

* Yogurt with blueberries and strawberries with a bit of granola

* Oatmeal with bananas and your favorite milk. This is one of my favorite milk alternatives.

* A boiled egg with a slice of toast and some fruit

* A green smoothie

5. Remember your vitamin!

If your doctor recommends a vitamin supplement, after breakfast in the morning is usually an opportune time to take it. Taking your vitamin ensures you’re doing what you can to get adequate vitamins and minerals.

6. Consider taking a morning walk.

Exercising in the morning brings vitality to your day. Consider heading out for a walk either before or after breakfast.

* In addition, psychologically, you’ll feel pleased with yourself because you accomplished something, and feeling good about yourself contributes to good mental health. When you start your day feeling so positively, the rest of the day is less stressful.

7. Write a short list of tasks you hope to accomplish.

Being organized is another healthy way to start your day. Make it a ritual to sit down for a few minutes in your morning to gather your thoughts and make a plan for the day.

8. Take care of your teeth in the morning.

So important to healthy living, brushing your teeth thoroughly is integral to good health and a great start to your day.

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If you’re trying to live a healthier life, you would do well to incorporate these habits into your mornings. Making changes in your lifestyle are best when introduced gradually. Keep your health goals foremost in your mind and these healthy habits will automatically have you starting your days with more focus and vitality.

Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC
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Alicia S. Hyatte, MSW, LCSW, CIHC

Alicia Hyatte is a Mental Health and Family Wellness Expert, Psychotherapist/Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and Health & Wellness Writer. She is the Founder of Whole Family Living and Whole Family Academy where she supports health-conscious individuals, families, and health professionals to adopt healthy, sustainable habits. Connect on Facebook and Pinterest @wholefamilyliving or Twitter @wholefamilymag.
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