“Your day is pretty much formed by how you spend your first hour. Check your thoughts, attitude and heart.” – Unknown
What you do when you wake up in the morning, sets the tone for the rest of your day. A good morning routine can be just what you need.
Wake Up Screen-Free
We are all guilty of it. We wake up and instantly reach for our phones to check our emails, social media, the news. We flood ourselves with a plethora of information even before we are fully able to process anything. Now, our mind is scattered and on overdrive even before we’ve gotten out of bed.
“Would you let 100 people walk into your bedroom first thing in the morning? Just as it takes time for our bodies to wake up and feel ready to interact with people, it takes time for our minds, too.” – Jay Shetty
As we grow older, we’re more susceptible to dehydration so it is important to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and start the day off on the right foot. If you want to follow it up with some coffee or tea, go for it.
Tip: Keep a bottle of water filled up on your bedside table the night before.
Stretch Your Body
Kick-start your day with some simple stretches. Stretching can improve back pain and posture and is beneficial for arthritis. You may prefer to stand up or sit down while you stretch. Do what makes you feel comfortable.
Sweat it Out
Now that your body has been warmed up, it’s time to get grooving! Find a simple workout video on Youtube that works for you. It doesn’t have to be too long, just 10 minutes will do to get loosen your muscles.
Take a refreshing shower, wash your face and brush your teeth.
A combination of meditation and breathing exercises has been beneficial in delaying the onset of the ageing process. Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Just as we exercise our bodies, we need to exercise our minds as well.
Choose a quiet environment to meditate and a comfortable sitting position. You can start with just 5 minutes. Close your eyes and be aware of your breathing. Let thoughts come into your mind and gently let the negative ones go and focus on the positive. You can chant a prayer or affirmations. Do what makes you feel good.
Tip: If you need some to help with meditation, download a meditation app, or listen to a meditation audio on Spotify or Youtube, there are so many to choose from. Do some trial and error and pick what works for you.
Break Your Fast
Eat a good balanced breakfast that you enjoy. Some simple breakfast ideas: avocado toast, oatmeal with fruits, tofu or egg scramble, spinach, or pancakes. You can even take it up a notch by adding in a nutritious and tasty smoothie.
Positive self-talk can reshape the limiting beliefs you have about yourself and help increase your self-esteem. When we know our self-worth, it helps us deal better with life’s ups and downs.
It is quite simple to incorporate affirmations into your morning. You can do them while you brush your teeth, while waiting for the kettle to boil, or when you’re still lying in bed and not quite ready to get up.
Simple and uplifting affirmations:
‘I am enough’
‘Today and every day, I am Blessed’
Go wild and create your own affirmations which make you feel happy.
“Change the way you speak about yourself and you can change your life” – Joel Osteen
Seize the Day
Dress up in some well-fitted clothes that make you feel good. Brush your hair, apply an SPF 50+ sunscreen, put on some makeup if you’d like, and you’re ready to seize the day.
Make it Your BEST
Go for a walk and soak in all the beauty of nature. Feel the soft grass under your feet, listen to the melodious chirping of the birds and be thankful for another wonderful day.
Australian Over 50s Living & Lifestyle Guide