5 Must Dos in the Morning

Drink some lemon water-- Lemon water gives us a steady, natural energy and improves nutrient absorption in our stomach. Lemons have loads of nutrients; potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants. But drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach to ensure full absorption. Then wait 15–30 minutes before eating. If you’re under 150 pounds, drink the juice of half a lemon (a full lemon if you’re over 150 pounds). Don’t drink the juice without water because it’s hard on your teeth.

 EXERCISE--Researchers at the University of Bristol found that people who exercise during the workday have more energy and a more positive outlook. As little as 10 minutes of exercise releases a neurotransmitter that makes our brain feel soothed and keeps us in control of our impulses.

No screen time until breakfast. Not impossible to accomplish now that we are drinking lemon juice and excerising…Why we need to do it is because diving straight into e-mails, texts, and Facebook, causes us to lose focus and our mornings succumb to the wants and needs of other people. Meditating or just staring out at nature is a far better task to take on. Doing something relaxing sets a calm, positive tone for our day.

Breakfast really is vital in the morning—Doesn’t matter so much what we eat as long as we eat. People who eat breakfast are less likely to be obese, they have more stable blood-sugar levels, and they tend to be less hungry over the course of the day. Add to that a healthy breakfast and the results are even better for productivity.

Set goals—This is harder than it sounds. The morning routine and crunch time can make this an easy one to skip. However, research has shown having concrete goals increases our confidence and feelings of control. Narrow the goals down to a few achievable ones that can easily be broken down into steps that include “how” to achieve them and in what time frame.

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