How to Start the Morning on a Positive Vibe

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Every time we open our eyes from a blissful night’s sleep, we have the chance to make a change and live our best life. Your morning alarm goes off, and it’s your choice to set the tone for the next 24 hours. How you start your morning will impact your attitude and outlook on the day ahead. But it’s not always as simple as it sounds – we can relate. Maybe you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or in a funk from a situation that happened a day or two before. No matter the reason, you can take action to pull yourself into a happier state and shit your mood into a good one.

We have the chance to make a change and live out best lives.

Does your morning routine consist of staying in bed as late as possible while barley making it to work on time? Getting the day off on the wrong foot can negatively impact how your day goes. I have to admit that there was a time when I was like this. I convinced myself that I was a night own and would make up the work time by working later or doing things I needed to get done later on in the day. I didn’t have a positive routine in the morning to get me going. Instead, I started the day off like a zombie. Imagine how different your life would be if you had a positive morning routine that ensured an enjoyable day instead! A morning routine that radiates positivity does not have to be complicated. It merely just has to get you started.

Read on to find out how to set a positive vibe first thing in the morning.

Deep Breaths: Set your timer for five minutes, sit wherever you are, close your eyes, and focus on the breath coming in and going out. You can repeat a phrase or mantra on each in/out-breath or focus on the space between breaths. If the mind wanders, simply notice it and, without judgement, gently bring the mind back to the breath.

Morning Walks: Go for a walk and bring yourself back to the now through your sense. Breath– take in the scents around you, all the subtle layers of them, such as flowers, fresh-cut grass, and morning rain. Feel the air around you, the body’s motion, the earth under your feet as you walk, and the sun on your face. Hear the sounds of birds chirping, dogs barking, children playing, you’re breathing, and even the heartbeat in your chest.

Don’t look at your phone when you first wake up: Avoid looking at your phone the first five to fifteen minutes (or longer) of waking up. Use this time to disconnect from technology and connect with your thoughts. This includes waiting to respond to work-related emails/texts/chats until you’ve completed your “you time.”

Express Gratitude: Keep a gratitude list in your notes, phone, or journal, and read over it after you’ve had your no-phone time in the morning. You can even text a close friend or relative and let them know you’re grateful for their friendship. This small gesture will boost your mental outlook in a big way.

Hype Yourself Up: Look in the mirror and HYPE yourself up like you would a friend. Thank your body, skin and face for being how it is and tell yourself you are looking great. Sounds silly, but try it.

Morning Sweat: Schedule a morning workout (even if you’re feeling super lazy) and encourage yourself to show up and sweat it out. Exercising the morning increases energy and improves productivity for the day.

Water time: Drink water. You’ve likely gone close to 8 hours without water consumption. As soon as I wake up on an empty stomach, chugging some water had instantly made me feel refreshed and energized. Throw some lemon in there that you juiced the night before to cleanse out that toxin build-up from when you were asleep.

Positive Affirmations: Say positive affirmations out loud: “I can do this.” “I am successful.” “I will complete this project.” These are all examples of how to increase confidence and ultimately manifest a positive vibe for the day.

 

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Pomegranate

Pomegranates contain two plant compounds with powerful medicinal properties; punicalagins which are extremely potent antioxidants found in the juice and punicic acid which contains a main fatty acid that can help protect against several steps in the heart disease process. They have shown to reduce inflammatory activity in the digestive tract, and they can block enzymes that are known to damage joints in people with osteoarthritis. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects may also be protective against infections and inflammation in your mouth including, gingivitis, periodontitis, and denture stomatitis.

Winter Squash

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Winter Squash

Winter squash has been shown to help steady the release of sugar inside of our digestive tract after being eaten, and to lessen our overall glycemic response to meals. The vivid orange flesh of many winter squash varieties is due to their amazing concentration of carotenoids. Among these carotenoids are beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and other carotenoids that can be converted into active forms of vitamin A and shown to have an abundant amount of antioxidant properties. Winter squash is also a great source of vitamin C, a healthy source of fibre and contain polysaccharides that help regulate and control blood sugar.

Apples

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Apples

Apples are a rich source of manganese, copper, vitamins A, E, B1, B2, and B6 along with polyphenols. To get the most out of your apple, leave the skin on – it contains half of the fiber and many of the polyphenols. They have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease because the contain soluble fiber – the kind that can help lower your blood cholesterol levels. Apples also contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic, which means it feeds the good bacteria in your gut and helps the good bacteria turn into other helpful compounds that circulate back through the body.

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is high in fiber, which is important because it feeds the healthy bacteria in your gut that help reduce inflammation and promote digestive health. Consuming enough fiber may help prevent digestive conditions like constipation, diverticulitis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It is a great source of antioxidants, particularly high in glucosinolates and isothiocyanates, two grounds of antioxidants that have been shown to slow the growth of cancer cells. Cauliflower is also high in choline, an essential nutrient that many people are deficient in and contains some of almost every vitamin and mineral that you need.

Beets

Beets are very low in cholesterol and saturated fat, they are a very good source of dietary fiber, folate, potassium and manganese, and they ae a good source of vitamin C, iron and magnesium. Beets are rich in nitrates (which is converted into nitric oxide by the body), which helps to relax and dilate the blood vessels, resulting in better circulation and a drop in blood pressure. The added oxygen flow in your blood doesn’t just go to your muscles, it goes to your brain too, which improves cognitive function. Beets contain fiber, with most of that being insoluble fiber which is a type of fiber that promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can benefit those who struggle with constipation. Last but not least, beets can help reduce the intensity of chronic inflammation because they contain the amino acid betaine, which is an anti-inflammatory.

Carrots

Cauliflower

Pomegranate

Carrots

Carrots are good for your eyes. This is probably the best-known carrot superpower. They’re rich in beta-carotene, a compound your body changes into vitamin A, which helps keep your eyes healthy. And beta-carotene helps protect your eyes from the sun and lowers your chance of cataracts and other eye problems. They can lower your risk of cancer. Antioxidants have been proven to fight off harmful free radicals in your body, and that can make you less likely to have cancer. The two main types of antioxidants in carrots are carotenoids and anthocyanins. Lastly, all those antioxidants are great for your heart, the potassium can help keep your blood pressure in check and they have fiber, which can help you stay at a healthy weight.

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