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Recently I've been feeling a bit mentally and physically bogged down, tired and just generally unhealthy. That was when i sat down with myself and tried to really think where all these problems originated from and realised my lifestyle just isn't a great way to live if you want to make the most out of your day and feel good about yourself. A lot of this is determined by what I do in the morning, and since i've completely changed up my morning routine, i've seen a huge difference in my energy and general feeling during the day. Here are a few things i have changed that i would definitely recommend if any of you are in the same rut as i was:
1. Wake Up Early
This is probably one of the hardest things to do, especially when its a weekend and theres nothing to really wake up early for, but waking up early everyday has completely increased my productivity during the day and made me feel a bit more human again. I don't know if i'm the only one who thinks this but theres something really refreshing about mornings that makes me feel a bit more calm about the tasks i have to do ahead of me.
2. Do something to increase your heart rate
I've started cycling every morning and even when i really really really don't want to, i force myself and finish feeling like i have a lot more energy and that i've took one more step towards being a fitter and healthier person every time i walk through the door after a challenging, refreshing bike ride. I also love to do this as i'm lucky enough to live in the countryside when i'm home from uni, so it gives me that time away from the hustle and bustle of the internet, the city and just some time away to enjoy the scenery. Obviously it doesn't have to be a cycle ride everyday as a lot of you have to be up early everyday for work, but even a mini work out routine in your bedroom before showering and getting ready for work just to pump you up for the day ahead!
3. Read something which makes you think
Whether it be a news article, an interesting blog post or a book, reading something to learn everyday is so important for our mental health. Basically since i've finished uni and i'm not learning tonnes of pretty complicated biology and chemistry everyday, i'm pretty paranoid my brain is just going to start wasting away by the second. Obviously this isn't true but hopefully learning something new and interesting everyday will keep the brain alive!
4. Give someone a compliment/do a good deed
I don't know about you, but its hard to beat that feeling of warmth you get by giving someone a compliment and seeing them smile. Even though what i just said is extreeemmmleyy corny, it still doesn't take away the fact that its true. It makes the other person feel good, and in turn you feel good for making them happy, which makes you even happier for the rest of the day!
5. Have a healthy breakfast
I am very guilty for hardly ever doing this, however i have been trying to incorporate this into my morning routine more, as it has huge benefits. Even though you love that full english fry up or that sausage and egg mcmuffin, eating them for breakfast can make you feel bloated, lethargic and just basically crappy for the rest of the day. I like to visualise the food i eat, turning into how i'm going to feel for the rest of the day. If i start the day off with a huge unhealthy breakfast full of trans and saturated fats, salt and sugar, i'm going to feel awful for the rest of the day. If i put in the right fuel i.e oats, granola, fruit, greens, then its going to be the right food for my body to feel good for the rest of the day.
6. Cleanse your face
This one may seem really obvious and most of you probably do it anyway, but i am so guilty of having those lazy, off days and just skip this step completely. If you're waking up early, you're going to feel especially tired and groggy as you wake up and giving your face a good old cleanse and clean makes me feel instantly refreshed and awake.
I know most of these are kinda obvious but even small changes like these can have a huge impact on general wellbeing. Please leave me any tips i may have missed out in the comments!