Mornings can be mayhem or magical–depending on your outlook on A.M. activities. Most of us would settle for somewhere in between. And that’s doable, if you rethink the moments between your feet touching the floor and heading out the door.
Here are ways to get your day off to a healthy start, courtesy of Alice D. Domar, PhD, director of the Mind/Body Center for Women’s Health at Boston IVF, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Wake up your senses. Fill your bedroom with soothing light and your favorite colors, fragrances, flowers and music.
Reach for the sky. Stretching your body when you wake up is a wonderful way to loosen up your joints and increase flexibility. Mimic the way a cat wakes up by elongating your spine and stretching out your arms and legs, one at a time. Slowly stand up, inhale as you stretch, and exhale as you contract.
Make a promise to yourself. As soon as you wake up, think of one nice thing you can do for yourself that day.
Indulge in a water massage. Use your morning shower to cleanse your body and your mind. Mentally focus on positive thoughts, and use the pressure of the warm water to stimulate your muscles. Be mindful of how the warm water and soap feel against your skin.
Break the fast. Fuel yourself with a high-fiber breakfast that includes whole grains, fruit and low-fat protein.