Whilst our normal everyday routines, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, may be altered or out of the window completely, it is still important to try and start your day in as healthy a way as possible. Whether this be mentally, physically or emotionally, starting your day off right can be anything from what you choose to drink to whether you participate in exercising. At the moment, our lives are still very much up in the air and daily life in the face of a health crisis can be stressful, overwhelming and anxiety inducing. One way we can better face such a straining time is to ensure we are fully equipped with both the nutrients and mindset we need to tackle the day.
Due to different working habits or a change in daily schedules, many of us may be finding it hard to establish a new daily routine during the pandemic. Lack of routine can sometimes cause anxiety and low mood, therefore if you feel establishing a new routine could be beneficial for you then it is best to do so. Starting your day at the same time every day regardless of whether you are going into work that day or not, is a useful way to maintain a steady routine alongside a sense of control and stability. Filling your morning with various ‘healthy’ activities intended to care for mind and body could be monumental in changing the way you feel throughout the day. Activities such as meditation, yoga, a healthy breakfast, a cold shower, all can be good ways to look after yourself and start your day off in the best way possible for you.
Many experts suggest that drinking a glass of water when you wake up is a very healthy way to start the day. After you have been sleeping all night your body needs to rehydrate and what better way to do that than a glass of cold water. Speaking to Huffington Post, Vicki Shanta Retelny, a registered dietician nutritionist, said: “You may not necessarily feel thirsty first thing in the morning, but drinking water can be a health habit that you prioritize to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day.” This does not mean that you cannot have another beverage of your choosing as well in the morning, Tea has a lot of health benefits and can be a great morning option. However, if you are a coffee person feel free partake in a cup, ensuring that you watch your caffeine intake throughout the rest of the day. It is probably better, however, to avoid sugary, processed drinks to start the day, energy drinks and the like, give you a sudden rush of energy but often cause a crash later in the day. Overall, however, these sugary are not very healthy for you.
Exercise can be really invigorating first thing in the morning whether you prefer to undertake some cardio with a run outside (which can also be a great way to wake up with some fresh air), choose to do muscle work, or take it slow and consistent with yoga. Whatever your exercise of choice is, starting your day off with a workout session can really set you up for success. Some sources suggest that it even helps to encourage focus, increases energy and happiness levels, reduces stress and encourages you to make healthier food choices throughout the day. If you are still working from home full time or part time exercise is even easier to slip into your daily routine.
Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet begins with breakfast. Although many of us tend to skip breakfast, it really is the most important meal of the day – your body and brain needs specific nutrients to allow you to undertake the various and extensive list of daily functions. Feeding your body with healthy and balanced food sources can be one of the best ways to look after both your physical and mental health. Combine protein, whole grains, healthy fats, fruits or even vegetables to kickstart your day with a good balance of nutrients. If you struggle to eat breakfast in the morning, try to make it easier for yourself by opting for fortified and healthy cereals or perhaps a fruit bowl that you could slowly eat and pick at throughout the morning to overcome lack of appetite or perhaps nausea. Even eating something small such as whole-grain toast with peanut butter can be of great benefit. Various studies have shown that eating breakfast in the morning allows your brain and body to function better throughout the day, better equipping you to handle whatever comes your way.