8 Things to do before 8am for a happier, more productive day
-Feb 19, Hannah Hargrave, Living -
From the minute you wake up in the morning it feels like there’s a million and one things to do but by actually adding to your regime you could reduce your stress levels and make for a calmer, more productive day ahead.
Whether you have to set your alarm half hour early or postpone another time consuming and less important task, try to make time for these eight things before 8am and they may have a big impact on not just your day but your lifestyle in general.
Practice Mindfulness – 10 minutes
Before you reach for your phone and leap into the world of work and worry take some deep breaths and a few minutes to just sit back and relax. You can either listen to some guided meditation or simply do nothing. But taking that time to focus on your breathing, think of something that makes you happy and to just be present will set you up for the day and help reduce stress levels.
Take your Lumity Day Supplements – 30 seconds
Your Lumity supplements are designed to improve your skin, energy and wellness and it takes just a few seconds to take those three morning tablets. If you need a reminder to take your Lumity Day and Night Supplements put the bottle next to your toothbrush and every time you polish up your pearly whites you’ll be more likely to remember to take your supplements. The same goes for your night ones.
Stretch – 5 minutes
If you have the time for a full exercise regime in the morning then good for you but if you don’t or you prefer to workout later in the day then it’s still a good idea to get the blood flowing and to stretch out your body in the AM. You can do this with Nadia Narain’s 5-minute instant energy yoga routine. The popular British yogi – whose fans include Reese Witherspoon and Kate Moss – filmed the routine for Lumity and says it’s perfect for beginners or experts and the great thing is you can do it at home or if you’re travelling.
Lumity Facial Oil Massage – 2 minutes
A busy morning leaves little time for beautification but a A-list facialist Nichola Joss’ two-minute facial massage using Lumity Facial Oil will not only energise skin but create the perfect base for your makeup. You’re skin will feel plumped up and you’ll feel happy in the knowledge that the powerhouse combo of all-natural ingredients is feeding your skin as you go about your day.
Drink a Mug of Hot Water – 5 minutes
Give your metabolism a kick start in the morning with a mug of hot water. You don’t have to add lemon to reap the benefits. Not only will drinking the water hydrate your body and help your skin it can aid digestion, relieve bloating and if it’s a cold day it feels good to hold that mug in your hands! Although we said it takes five-minutes this is something you can sip while dashing around doing everything else.
Have a hearty breakfast – 10-minutes
Ok we admit, this doesn’t have to be done before 8am but ensuring you make time for a healthy breakfast is so important we wanted to add it in here. As Dr. Rangan Chatterjee told Lumity you can help reduce your stress levels by eating all your food in a 12 hour window. So if you have breakfast at 8am you should have finished your dinner by 8pm Following this guide can help you pick the perfect time for your brekkie.
You don’t have to eat a mountain of food first thing but picking something like a heart healthy oatmeal – which can even be prepared the night before – or a breakfast power bowl has been shown to boost brain power, make you less likely to become overweight and just give you the energy you need to get your day going.
Make a list – 2 minutes
Chaos can make you feel anxious, stressed and just out of control and if you’re beginning your day like that you’ll likely continue in that vein. Making a list of the most important things you need to do – even if it’s just two or three things – that day can help you get organised and make your day run smoother. On top of that as you tick things off you’ll get a sense of achievement and with any luck you’ll feel less stressed about the day too.
Be Grateful – 1 minute
Gratitude can get forgotten when you’re filling up the dishwasher, writing shopping lists, cleaning shoes and generally doing the morning dash, but it’s important to look around and be thankful for what you have. If you can one minute to ask your loved ones to say one thing they are grateful for and you do it in return you can begin your day with a new appreciation for life.
If you enjoyed this article you might also like to discover these time-saving beauty tips for busy women and if you’re looking for some inspiration when it comes to morning recipes why not try out some of these quick and healthy breakfasts.