How you begin your day will greatly affect the way that you feel for the rest of it. Most people have heard and understand that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but there is more to starting off a day in the healthiest manner possible than breakfast alone. This article will help you to begin your day in emotional, physical, and mental health that will create a positive way to start out and hopefully, will last throughout your day.
*Count Your Blessings
It can be easy to start the day off thinking about all of the problems that need to be solved, personal issues that need to be dealt with, and things that have the potential to go terribly wrong during the day. This is not going to be a promotion of mental or emotional health, though, so you should keep your thoughts away from these things in the morning. Instead, think about the things in your life that you have to be thankful for. Write them down in a gratitude journal if you are someone who likes to do this sort of thing. If you do, it will help you to remember the blessings in your life on days that you really can’t seem to remember any.
It is very important that you keep your body properly hydrated throughout the day. By starting in the morning with a tall glass of water (even before the coffee!) you are going to get your body functioning at its level of top performance. According to http://www.suite101.com/content/the-importance-of-drinking-water-a148766, "drinking water is second in importance only to oxygen for the survival of the human body."
*Connect With Your Spiritual Self
We are all spiritual beings, in addition to being physical ones. Connecting with your spiritual self is one of the ways that you can keep the rest of your life in balance. Whatever makes you feel spiritually “plugged in”, take a few minutes to do that at the beginning of your day.
*Fueling Your Mind and Body
The mind and body are both fueled with essential nutrients that are found in healthy foods. As mentioned earlier, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Studies have shown that students who eat a healthy breakfast are at a distinct advantage over students who skip this meal. After studies conducted in Baltimore and Philadelphia, Dr. J. Michael Murphy of Harvard’s Medical School concluded that, "Four months after the schools started a free breakfast program, the number of students eating breakfast had nearly doubled and reports on the students indicated they were significantly more attentive in the classroom, earned higher grades in math, and had significantly fewer behavioral and emotional problems."
*Get Your Blood Pumping
Get some exercise in the morning if you want to start the day off in a healthy manner. When you exercise and get your blood pumping, you are going to be oxygenating your body and also releasing endorphins, those “feel good” hormones that most people could use a bit more of. Even fifteen minutes of exercise will have tremendous benefits.
The beginning of the day is the most important part of it. This is going to set the standard that you will adhere to for the rest of the day. When you begin the day in a healthy way, you are going to be better equipped to handle whatever comes your way after that.