Why Should You Have a Morning Routine

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Are you the kind of person who plans your day and then act upon it ? Or you just keeping acting on whatever day brings and still feel that a lot of work is pending for another day ? Do you wake up looking forward to the morning as a new day ? or you just struggle to complete daily tasks and postpone things till they become emergency ?

Reality check : we all have same 24 hrs. , how we set up our routine prepares us for daily success . A proper morning routine leaves you accomplished and prepared for the day .

Setting a routine should not scare you . Think of it as a step towards more happier and stress-free life . A routine is simply a series of step you do every day . It need not be 1 hr. long but a small 20 min time just for you . Self care is the best care you can give to yourself .

A routine need not start at 4 in morning but surely should give you enough time to enjoy morning in quite. Step by step I have eliminated all the bad habits that I think are just a waste of time . for e.g. – hitting snooze button , reaching for the phone to check emails and mgs etc. . Now I just get up , drink 2 glasses of water , do stretching , use bathroom , prepare smoothie and write down tasks for day . Before my husband is up I have figured out what I will do for my day rather than running around .

Benefits of a Morning Routine

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Proper Hydration – This one is so true . We should have at least 8- 10 glasses of water daily but many people short fall to even accomplish this . If you get up late you just rush to bathroom to get ready , put on clothes , grab a coffee and leave . This is bad for your health . Your organs need water after a good night sleep. Water helps to flush out toxins. Drinking water first thing in the morning helps to clean your colon. It allows proper absorption of nutrients .  You just need to get up 5 mins early . So rather than hitting snooze , go for this . This could be your first step towards a healthy routine .

Exercising n Yoga – Do you struggle to just find out those 15 mins to workout . And you never find any time during the day and then day ends and you forget about it . Again you think about it but cant find time due to work . It happened with me, it happens to everybody . We all want to exercise or go for walk but it never happens . An active lifestyle helps to stay fit and keep diseases at bay . Try getting that walk in the morning . Use this time for creative thinking and observing . A morning routine that starts with some self love and thinking surely leaves you energised.

Eating a Healthy Breakfast – How many times have you sat down and eaten a proper first meal ? Not grabbing donut or bun n coffee on the go but an actual bfast . Breakfast gives you energy for the whole day . A proper breakfast gives essential vitamins and minerals . It reduces obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. Having an oatmeal or apple n milk wont take more than 10 mins . Also you can have a great family time on that breakfast table if you just get up 15 minz early . This should be fairly easy to include in routine .

More Me time – If you get up before everyone else , you have time for yourself . Time to think about doing something new , to read a book or article . May be thinking about making a new dish . Point is morning routine helps you enjoy some quite time . It gives you time to be invested on you only . If you wont take care of you , how can you take care of everyone around you ? Embrace this routine to give you some time and better decisions .

Peace of mind – When you know what is to be done you feel free and are not anxious . Setting up a morning routine helps you to be patient , calm and emotionaly stable . When you have to work on the clock you kind of become stressed that the work woulnt finish in time . A routine sets the work in order . Its like preparing yourself for the day and be worry free . By getting up early I am eating breakfast , doing exercise , my reading and I can focus on work .  I don’t have to think about falling short on nutrients n exercise .

Do you have a morning routine? What’s the single most important habit you do to kick up your morning . Comment below .

 

5 Simple Ways To Curb Down Snacking

Eating a snack is totally necessary , I agree. But eating everything in name of snack , I don’t agree with that . I have seen many people going overboard with snacking . A snack is supposed to keep you full till your next meal .  Unthoughtful snacking can derail your health progress . One should plan the snack rather than grabbing anything from the kitchen shelf . In todays post n listing out some ways I have tried to curb down unnecessary snacking , especially mid-night snacking. Its the worst . You end up watching 3 back to back episodes of your favorite season n bam ate a lot of chips, ice cream n chocolates . Hope my pointers help you too.

p8bx9w0wf4o-damien-cFirst of, the light in the refrigerator is not for finding snacks easily . If you have hard time deciding what to eat and you stand in front of fridge looking for minutes . Try organizing a designated shelf for snacks . Or may be a box on shelf where you can put all snacking items. I put yogurt cup, grapes , carrot, berries etc. Next time you need a snack don’t be tempted by leftover pizza n pasta instead take that snack box out n grab one thing from that n put it back . No more convincing yourself to finish leftovers n then feeling bad for eating too much last night .

 

7mh-czwzrsa-worthy-of-eleganceDon’t try to finish all the nachos, cookies n candies before your trip to market. no one said that you can only buy when you will finish the last bag of chips you bought . Instead think of it as you have already some stuff at home, may be you can buy some snacks on next trip . Also if you find something really exciting n new buy the smallest pack. It may look very price worthy buying the big pack. But what good is it if you don’t like the taste. If you buy big you will be under pressure to finish that pack to justify the money you spend . Don’t checkout every aisle in super market . Make a list , find items n leave . You cannot eat what’s not at your home .

 

zsb2mbzshji-stephanie-mccabePlan your meals n snacks accordingly . Take time for your meal . Don’t rush it . Sit n properly chew your food. I used to rush breakfast n lunch . Probably coz I dint like eating alone n after marriage I used to be home . N I had to eat alone as husband used to be at work . I looked forward to dinner when I can have conversation at meal etc. But I realized that I am eating right in day time . I used to just grab anything without giving thought n then move over to something else. Proper nutrition is necessary for our body . Think carefully what you eat as it affects our health .

 

p9wkd82hlui-brina-blumThis one is super tip . you don’t have to eat dessert every night . My husband cant sleep if has not eaten something sweet after dinner . To really avoid daily dessert mania Brush your teeth after dinner . Even if you are tempted to eat that fudge sundae or pudding , just go brush or use mouthwash . Food doesn’t taste as it is after a mint gargle, right ? I always brush my teeth after dinner . No temptation , No unnecessary calories . This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to eat dessert, it simply means you don’t have to eat it everyday . Helps in curbing mid night snacking too.

 

evsouv1eyxy-rachael-gorjestaniLastly , maintain a food log. Many people just eat food coz it tastes good but they don’t know the amount of calories in it . Write what you eat in a day with calories . There are a lot of apps that can help you log meals n plus give a break up of nutrients . In some weeks you will know what to eat n what not . For e.g. . If you see your Vitamin. A not meeting daily goal opt for carrot or apple as a snack . Not only you will get rid of unhealthy snacking habit you can have a proper nutritious diet .

 

 

These are some of the ways that have helped me break constant snacking habit . Do you have any interesting idea to share. Comment below.