31 Days of Health. Day 1: Establish a Morning Routine

Happy New Year!!

Welcome to the first day of 31 Days of Health, where each day throughout January, I will provide you with actions to implement into your daily life to assist you in achieving a healthy lifestyle.  I am so excited to roll out 2019 with a month full of healthy suggestions for you!!! My hope is that you will fall in love with at least ONE action that will enrich the quality of your life.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off Day One than with Establishing a Morning Routine. Starting the day focused on yourself is the cornerstone of healthy success. This is a guaranteed chunk of time when you can focus entirely on yourself with minimal distractions! It isn’t always easy, but it comes with great benefits: reduced overall stress, and increased happiness, health and success.

Rather than hitting the snooze ten times before rolling out of bed at the last minute to rush out the door, try this instead: head up to bed at least six hours before your alarm, and keep your phone a distance from where you sleep. This will force you to actually get out of bed at the time of your alarm. And, it will even encourage you to go to sleep at night since you won’t be tempted to indulge in low priority distractions! At the time of your alarm, in addition to getting out of bed, you may even try turning on some lights.

If you got at least six hours of sleep, you should be able to do this. With seven or eight hours, you will have a much easier time and after a few minutes, you should feel awake. Get excited to live today!! For an extra challenge, set your alarm a half hour to an hour earlier than normal.

Include any one of these items in your new morning routine:

*Have a glass of water as you sit in a comfortable place*
*Read something you are interested in*
*Journal some productive intentions for the day, or, given the timing: the year*
*Think of 3 things you are grateful for*
*Listen to something inspiring, or funny*
*Exercise*
*Remind yourself you’re awesome, even if you don’t believe it*

Today is your easiest challenge, because it is New Year’s Day and starting this on NYE would have been ignorant! It is okay to sleep in on some days, and January 1 is one of those exceptions. In preparation for your new morning routine tomorrow, spend today relaxed. Reflect on the previous year, as well as what your intentions include for 2019…dream a little.

So, make sure you get to bed nice and early tonight, and I’ll see you tomorrow bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with another suggestion to add on!

Alyssa

PS – do this on weekends too? Oh Yeah!!!

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