“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
It would be an understatement to say that getting up early in the morning makes us more efficient and focused throughout the day.
Therefore, we were taught to follow the mantra “early to bed, early to rise” from childhood. Healthy morning habits go a long way in keeping you healthy.
In today’s technology-driven society, the first thing we do when we wake up is to check our phones. These are the messages, emails, and other notifications that we ignore while we sleep.
This habit is damaging our day. So incorporate morning habits to stay healthy—physically, mentally, or spiritually. Some simple changes you can make in the morning can significantly impact your life.
How to start your day right?
You can incorporate healthy morning habits into your daily routine. For example, to boost immunity and improve digestion, definitely remove bacteria from your body. Nourish your hair and skin to look brighter while feeling healthier and happier.
5 Morning habits that will help you have a productive day and a healthier life:
1. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is a well-known traditional Ayurvedic method to remove bacteria and germs from the mouth. Helps improve dental health. It’s easy to get into a morning routine because it benefits oral health and overall health.
This process is done with the help of cold-pressed coconut oil. This oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Other oils, such as sesame seed oil or sunflower oil, can also be used to neutralize the acid and remove plaque. As a result, overall oral health improves. Olive oil is another popular option for its anti-inflammatory properties.
To do this, take a spoonful of coconut oil or other oil. Swish it in your mouth for a minute without swallowing. When you’re done, spit the oil down the toilet. Avoid spitting it into the swamp, as it can cause oil build-up. Pipes can clog, especially in the winter season. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with water before eating or drinking anything.
Swishing the oil in your mouth for a minute right after waking up will go a long way toward killing harmful bacteria, reducing bad breath, preventing cavities, reducing inflammation, and improving dental health.
2. Scraping of the tongue
Over time, debris, bacteria, and dead cells can build up on your tongue. This can lead to bad breath and harmful effects on your oral health. So, a tongue scraper is a quick way to remove particles from the surface of your tongue, especially those that cause bad breath.
Using a tongue scraper twice daily will help you sharpen your sense of taste and increase your ability to distinguish between different taste palettes. It is also helpful in eliminating harmful bacteria and improving your digestive system.
3. Eat a healthy breakfast
You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you take the time to eat a healthy breakfast (lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains), you’ll have more energy throughout the day and a stronger ability to focus and concentrate.
4. Drink water
A night’s sleep of six to eight hours is a long period of time that we spend without consuming water. We usually wake up thirsty. It is important that we give our body the hydration it needs when we wake up.
A quick way to immediately hydrate your body in the morning is to drink water first thing after waking up. Drinking water first thing in the morning is one of the most valuable and effective health and fitness tips given by most doctors and lifestyle coaches.
It is known to improve our mental performance, help the body eliminate or cleanse toxins, and improve skin health. A glass of water in the morning will boost our metabolism and help us start the day with high energy levels and vitality. It increases our alertness and strengthens the brain.
Another benefit of this simple habit is that drinking water on an empty stomach strengthens our immune system, which helps us fight diseases.
5. Start your day with some ‘me’ time
Incorporating some form of mindfulness practice, such as meditation, into your daily morning routine can help ground you and train your mind and emotions, which affect how you respond to challenges throughout the day.
Meditation is also a great time to set your intention for the day. When you’re clear about how you want your day to go, or what you want to feel or achieve, you can make clear decisions that create the life you really want to live.
Be sure to start where? A simple meditation you can do in the morning:
- Get into a comfortable sitting position and set a timer for five minutes.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
- Inhale through your nose for a count of four, hold for a count of four, and exhale through your nose for a count of eight.
- Every time you find your mind wandering, gently redirect it back to focus on your breath.
- When the timer goes off, stop counting, but sit with your eyes closed for a moment.
- Set an intention for your day and visualize yourself achieving that intention.
- Open your eyes, raise your arms to the sky to stretch, and then carry on with your day carrying calm energy and intention.