Start a productive day with these healthy tips

Wake up before your Alarm

Rise and shine 10 minutes earlier than you do now. That way, you don’t have to rush. The right alarm clock or app can help you do that. Choose one that can gently rouse you if your usual alarm startles or annoys you out of bed. Some clocks even have a display that simulates the sunrise. Once you’re awake, point your toes out and reach your arms above your head for a relaxing full-body stretch in bed.

Take a Breakfast

We all skip it once in a while. But do you really want to risk getting “angry”? That’s when you get stressed and mad due to an empty stomach. A balanced breakfast can keep that “anger” away. It gives you energy for the day, and it may boost your focus and mood. So have a healthy morning meal most days. Fill your plate, bowl, or blender with lean protein, fruit or veggies, and whole grains.

Practice Meditation

Even a few minutes a day of this peaceful practice may help you zap stress. There are many ways to meditate, but these general tips — or a mediation app — can get you started: Find somewhere comfortable to sit. Focus on your breath as it enters and exits your nose or belly. And when your mind wanders, bring it back to your breathing — it’s normal to have to do that lots of times.

Try Simple Exercises

Your body releases feel-good brain chemicals when you work out. You may feel more creative and productive afterward, too. So go for a brisk walk or hit the gym if you have 20-30 minutes to spare. If you’re crunched for time, even a 7-minute routine that combines gentle yoga poses and body-weight exercises could energize you and lift your mood.

Be Grateful

Stress gets all of us down at times. But there’s a way to look at things in a more positive light. Take a few moments each morning to think of someone or something you’re grateful for. You could write it down in a journal, or look at photos to remind you. If you think about a friend or loved one who makes your life better, why not also call or text them to say thanks?

Try a To Do List

Are you forgetful first thing in the morning? If so, jot down important morning tasks the night before, and place the list somewhere visible. For instance, you could write reminders on a dry erase board that sticks to your refrigerator. You could also scribble encouraging quotes or mantras on the board to get some positive vibes going

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