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I know that it’s common for moms to neglect their health. They are often too busy taking care of their families that they forget about their own health and wellness. It’s just not worth pushing aside your health!
While I don’t exercise as often as I used to and I splurge (often…you wouldn’t believe the amount of sweets I can consume!) on desserts, I make sure I am giving my health some attention.
- I am a more patient wife and mother when I get the chance to exercise a few days each week, so I don’t feel bad that I make this a priority.
- I know that food is fuel and I have more energy when I eat better.
- I finally learned the importance of sleep and having a well-rested family!
The morning is a great time to start your day off right with a few healthy habits. Here are a few tips on how to have a healthy morning:
Minimize morning stress by allowing for extra time
It’s stressful to wake up late and scramble around all morning. Save yourself the stress and set your alarm earlier than you need to, even if it’s just 10-15 minutes. Adding extra time can help your day start in a calm and relaxed manner. It also gives you wiggle room if something comes up and your morning is derailed. If you have children, you might need more than 10 extra minutes scheduled in!
Spend a few minutes planning your day
Go over your calendar and make sure you know what is on the schedule for the day. If you don’t meal plan weekly, the morning is a great time to think about what is for dinner. You are more likely to prepare a healthy dinner if you think ahead and aren’t forced to scramble at dinner-time.
If you need help planning out your morning, check out Make Over Your Morning.
One of the first things you should do each morning is drink a large glass of water. You wake up dehydrated and this is the perfect way to get your body ready for the day! I try to drink a glass a water before I start in on coffee. Here are 8 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day.
Drink warm, lemon water
Meet your hydration goals by starting the morning with warm lemon water. This is a quick and easy drink to add to your morning. Here are some of the benefits of lemon water.
Eat a healthy breakfast
I am sure that I don’t need to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You have fasted all night and your body needs fuel to start your day and to get your metabolism going!
I feel so much better when I have started my morning off with a healthy breakfast. I like to have my breakfast satisfying enough that I do not want to snack all morning. I leave room for plenty of splurges in my diet, but breakfast is the one meal that I try to always keep healthy. If my diet is less than stellar the rest of the day it’s nice to know that I got it right for one meal!
I typically start my day with one of the following: oatmeal, yogurt & granola, eggs, or a smoothie. I like to add flaxseed, cinnamon, protein powder, and chia seeds to my oatmeal or smoothies for a healthy boost. Check out Thrive Market to get these healthy add-ons! Get 15% off your first order here.
This is my main stress reliever. I start to get unpleasant when I go too long without exercise! If you are not exercising consistently, start by adding small amounts of exercise into your day. If you have trouble getting motivated, remember that the first step out the door is the hardest. Once you get out and exercise, you will rarely (if ever!) regret it.
Try this quick Wake-Up Workout, one of the many free resources on this list.
Wake up well-rested
Sleep is so important! I took me years to realize that I should actually prioritize sleep and it’s worth making a few changes.
If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources:
- Sleep It Does a Family Good
- Make Over Your Mornings
- How to Create a Morning Routine (includes printable worksheets that I created)
- Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings
Find your morning incentive
Figure out what quick activity or treat refreshes and relaxes you. If that gives you a little more patience to get you through the day…schedule it in!!
Consider vitamins or supplements based on your needs
While I try to get most of my nutrients from foods, I supplement based on my current needs. While pregnant this includes a prenatal, Vitamin D, and fish oil. I am adding in a probiotic as I get closer to delivery, in case I need to be on an antibiotic as I was with my other two deliveries. I add more Vitamin C and zinc to my daughter’s diets as the cold season approaches.
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