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Healthy Habit: The Benefits of Becoming a “Morning Person”

September 17, 2015|By Mary Anderson, Ph.D.|Health Psychology

7am already? Reluctantly rising (after a few more hits of the snooze button) and realizing there are even fewer minutes now to get to work on time: the frenzied morning dance begins.

7am already? Reluctantly rising (after a few more hits of the snooze button) and realizing there are even fewer minutes now to get to work on time: the frenzied morning dance begins. A harried AM choreography–shower, dress, and (maybe) a quick bite of breakfast or gulp of coffee before rushing out the door…

Many of us begin every day this way. What if we mindfully chose a different way to start our days? What might happen if we decided to rise, perhaps a bit earlier than usual, and practice a few healthy habits to optimize our mornings and set ourselves up for healthier and happier days?

This is exactly what the book The Miracle Morning (noted below) describes in detail. Specifically, it discusses the numerous benefits of creating a better morning routine–a daily AM plan including behaviors we know are helpful for mood, health, and overall well-being. It champions powerfully positive activities such as meditation, affirmations, exercise, and journaling (about things to be grateful for, acknowledging meaningful accomplishments, or simple ways to be kind and help someone else today.)

So embrace your mornings and enjoy even better days!

Additional Info:

A Really Great Read:  Want a fantastic morning makeover? Read Hal Elrod’s inspiring: The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8am.)  For the main highlights of the book check out Brian Johnson’s Philosophers Notes (think Cliffs Notes for self-help books.)

Interesting Online Extras:  Starting the morning with a healthy breakfast (ideally within the first hour of waking) is essential to ensure enough fuel for a successful day. Some quick, nutritious options include: oatmeal with berries and nuts or a protein smoothie (Vega One berry flavor protein powder, with 12oz of unsweetened almond milk, and ½ a banana is delicious!) Here’s more about the importance of eating breakfast click here and here.

Inspirational Quotation:  “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”—Marcus Aurelius

 

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