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Transform Your Morning Routine for a Healthier, Happier Day

Getting into a new, healthier morning routine can be challenging but transformative for your overall well-being. As a chiropractor, I've observed how our habits significantly impact both our physical and mental health. Here's why making a shift in your morning routine is essential and how to start.

Why is Change So Hard?

Our brains are wired to follow existing habits, allowing us to go on 'auto-pilot' and save cognitive effort for more important tasks. These established habits come with built-in 'rewards' that make them enticing (e.g., taking a shower makes you feel refreshed or brushing your teeth gives you fresh breath). Because new habits lack such established rewards, they often feel unrewarded initially.

Considerations to Start Your Day Right

Do you immediately think, "I need more sleep" as soon as your alarm goes off? This likely isn't just a passing thought—it's a habitual behaviour. Imagine retraining your brain to greet the morning with, "Yes, a new day!" This shift in thought pattern can set a positive and less stressful tone for your entire day. When your alarm rings, flood your mind with affirming thoughts like, "It's going to be a great day. I look forward to meeting new challenges today."

Does your day start in a frantic rush? Try waking up 20 minutes earlier to integrate some of these beneficial activities into your morning routine:

Morning Activities to Consider:

- Hydrate: Start with a glass of water to kick-start your metabolism and hydrate your body after hours of rest.

- Stretch: Gentle stretching can help loosen tight muscles and get your blood flowing.

- Breathe Deeply: Deep, intentional breaths can reduce stress and bring focus to the present moment.

- Meditate: A few minutes of meditation can centre your mind and prepare you for the day's challenges.

- Positive Affirmations: Reinforce positive thoughts to set a constructive tone for your day.

- Gratitude Reflection: Reflect on things you're grateful for; this can improve your mood and outlook.

- Nature Time: Spending even a moment in nature can be rejuvenating and grounding.

The morning sets the pace for your entire day; starting it off right can make a world of difference to your mind and body. Let’s embrace these small changes for a healthier, happier life.


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