1. Bask in mood-lifting sunshine
Did you know that soaking in the sun each morning can improve your mood? Sunlight boosts your body’s levels of serotonin, the chemical responsible for helping you stay calm, focused, and positive. Get your vitamin D fix by walking your kids to school instead of driving, or savour a home-made coffee in a sunny spot in your backyard. Don’t forget to wear SPF – it prevents sun damage, but not your daily happiness rays!
2. Fuel yourself with a super nutritious breakfast
It’s the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. A nutritious breakfast kickstarts your metabolism, brain power and boosts your energy levels. So, fuel it with the good stuff!
Australian Raspberries and Blackberries, for example, are packed with fibre, antioxidants, and essential nutrients. Plus, berries are super simple to add to your daily routine. Top your cereal, muesli or yoghurt with fresh raspberries and blackberries to add vibrancy and flavour to your breakfast while fuelling your body.
3. Start a gratitude journal
Put pen to paper with a gratitude journal to foster a positive mindset. In the morning, set aside five minutes to write down five things you’re thankful for – whether it’s your delicious breakfast, a hobby you’ve started, or a friendship you value. Practicing gratitude shifts your attention to positive emotions and sets an optimistic mindset for the day ahead.
4. Get moving every morning
Aside from the many physical health benefits of exercise, getting your heart rate up can improve your mental health, too. Even a short burst of fast walking can reduce stress, sharpen your mind, and improve your mood. Whether it’s a run around the block or a Pilates session, it pays to sweat it out before the workday begins.
5. Switch off your phone and connect IRL
It’s easier said than done – especially when your phone’s angry alarm goes off first thing in the morning. It’s tempting to mindlessly scroll or reply to texts in bed, but screen time sets the tone for distraction and limits your chances of starting the day with a calm mind. Switch your device to flight mode before bed to curb temptations and avoid devices for the first hour of waking. Instead, try starting your morning with our five healthy habits.
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