How we start our day matters. Having a morning routine can be beneficial for the day to come by allowing us to reduce stress and use the most productive time of the day more effectively. Having a productive morning causes a ripple effect on your mood, happiness, and focus. This allows us to focus on our priorities, keep clam, and experience less stress throughout the day.
Having a morning routine is a great day of feeling accomplished and to reach new levels of success. Crafting a morning routine that suits your needs and schedule can take time and it’s important to be patient with yourself. First, it’s ideal to set your intention, to think about what you want to get from your day ahead. Do you want to be more productive, maximize your energy, or have better health or happiness?
A morning routine is going to look different for everyone. The following are 4 tips can be implemented easily into your morning and can be completed in less than 10 minutes. They offer a starting point if you have more time, while still allowing you to maintain some type of routine when your schedule is fuller.
1. Making the bed
Making your bed every morning is one of the best ways to change your life. The importance of making your bed is highly underrated. It is one of the quickest and easiest ways to feel accomplished and have a sense of pride for completing your first task of the day. The flow on effect from this is that it will encourage you to do other tasks throughout the day. In addition to this, research shows that people who make their beds in the morning tend to get a better rest at night because they are falling asleep in a tidy bedroom.
2. Tongue Scraping
Tongue scraping is an age old Ayurvedic practice that is part of a daily routine for oral hygiene. From the Ayurvedic perspective cleaning the tongue can improve energetic connections, stimulate internal organs, improve digestion, improve the taste of food, and remove heavy toxins and bacteria from the body. By improving the taste of food, we can also improve satisfaction with meals and accordingly not eat more than necessary. By eating properly, digestive power is maintained, and this can improve other body systems and our overall health. From a western perspective tongue cleaning can reduce bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, and reduce bacterial flora on the tongue and dental plaque.
It is recommended to use a tongue scraper to clean the tongue each morning before breakfast, or before tooth brushing if breakfast was not eaten. While it may seem gross at first, it is a cathartic self-care practice that when you start doing it, you won’t want to stop.
The Japanese are champions of health and longevity. For decades they have used a simple but effective daily therapy that is known to help cure headaches, body aches, maximizes absorption of nutrients, stimulate a healthy appetite, and aids detoxification of the body. This daily routine involves drinking 4 glasses of filtered water immediately after waking and before consuming anything else. You can start with a lower quantity and work your way up over time.
4. Have a positive outlook
While this is easier said than done, having a positive outlook is a great skill to practice. A positive outlook may not come naturally to everyone; it is a practice that takes times to develop and in doing so we can keep ourselves accountable and can build trust in one’s self. BJ Fogg has founded a daily habit called ‘The Maui Habit’. It is simple to implement and is practiced each morning upon waking. When you rise, your feet hit the floor, you say to yourself out loud ‘it’s going to be a good day today’. While it may seem silly at first, and at times hard to believe, the benefit is that we tend to do more supportive habits as we add good things into our lives. It only takes a few seconds to say, so try it out, you have nothing to lose.
Lesley O’Connor, BHSc is a certified senior herbalist at Finlandia’s own herbal dispensary. Lesley has a special interest in women’s health, especially postpartum care, and believes that all women should have access to emotional, physical and social support during the postnatal period.
Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. Please seek medical advice and treatment in case of illness. If you are pregnant or suffer from any illness, please seek advice from your healthcare provider regarding these or any supplements and herbs you may want to take.