Your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day, so you need to start your day right to not just to get by, but to conquer the rest of your day. To adding these tips to your morning routine.
- Plan your things the night before.
You have two choices: you can start your morning calm and pre-planned, or you can rush around, not sure what you put in your bag and what you did not. Make sure you start the day with a big glass on water.
- Oil pulling is a great technique.
Oil pulling is one of my favorite and most effective advanced tools because it cleanses the mouth of bacteria and yeast that can lead to infection and toxicity in the body.
You should oil pull in the morning on an empty stomach and follow up with tongue scraping (above).
- Put 1-2 tablespoons of coconut or sesame oil in your mouth.
- Add in 3 drops of DoTERRA tea tree oil or peppermint oil to support the lymphatic system and help the saliva ducts.
- Swish the oil for 5-20 minutes.
- Spit the oil into the trash to prevent it from clogging your sink.
- Rinse your mouth with water and sea salt, then brush your teeth.
- Follow up with tongue scraping.
- Tongue scraping
Tongue scraping is one of my go-to tools to relieve my body of toxicity. This removes mucus and toxic buildup in your mouth.
You can purchase a tongue scraper or simply use a spoon. I use Dr. Tung’s Tongue Cleaner.
In the morning and at night, reach to the back of your tongue with your scraper and pull forward, scraping off the white film and then repeating.
You have a ton of things in your hand including your breakfast, your hair is undone, your shoes are missing, and everything is chaos. To ensure a pleasant morning, plan a few things ahead of time. Before you go to bed in the evening, you can shower, set out and iron your clothes out, set out the products that you are going use, pack your essentials, and make sure your shoes have their match and are waiting by the door.
- Wake up a little earlier.
If you find it hard to plan out your routine the night before, try waking up a few minutes earlier than the time you actually need to be up. You will reap a lot of benefits if you wake up just ten minutes earlier. You can have a calm and enjoyable morning instead of a rushed one. You will the time to actually wake your brain up so you can inspect your essentials with an alert and avoid mistakes. Start by waking up 10 minutes earlier each day, gradually working toward 30 minutes by the end of the month. This will give you time to say some affirmations or do gentle yoga or tai chi – this is a great way to support the gut brain axis and the parasympathetic nervous system.
- Wake up immediately.
You snooze, you lose. Always wake up the instant you hear your alarm go off. That five minutes of extra sleep is doing nothing but harm and may be confusing your brain. What is the guarantee that you will wake up after five minutes and not an hour later?
- Make your bed.
To make sure that you do not jump right back in, make your bed right after you get out of it. This will make you feel productive and motivated to start the rest of your morning right. You will feel like you have already checked one thing off your mornings to do list.
- Stretch and smile.
Wake up with a stretch and a smile. Stretching wakes up your body and smiling releases endorphins that will make you feel more positive throughout your morning and the rest of your day. If you don’t try to shake that groggy and grumpy feeling first thing in the morning, chances are that you will be more tired and grumpy throughout the rest of the day.
- Brush your teeth immediately.
Some people believe in brushing their teeth after they are completely done with their morning routine, but it is better to brush your teeth first thing when you get into the bathroom. It will wake you up by getting rid of your morning breath and increase alertness by activating your senses. The sense of smell and taste have a big impact on the gut health. If you are losing the sense of smell you may also have a compromised digestive function. Seeing a nutritionist about why this is happening will improve your energy and the absorption of vital nutrients.
- Let the natural light in.
Open your blinds and pushing back your curtains. Let all that natural light in. It will make you feel happy and positive. You will be a lot slower in the morning if you skip this step. This little night to morning transition will go a long way toward powering you through your morning routine. This will stimulate cortisol and help you feel more awake. Sleep is a 24-hour cycle and we need a balance of hormones to help us feel awake when we should be and sleep well all night long.
- Take a few minutes to sit down and digest breakfast.
Eating as you race out the door or driving will impact your digestion. Allow time for chewing, swallowing and the process of digestion to happen. You should chew each mouthful between 30-40 times, not 3 or 4. This same applies to smoothies and juices. Slow it down and feel the benefits.
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Yours in health and wellness,
Trish Tucker May