You’ve been meaning to make some worthwhile lifestyle choices for weeks or even months but haven’t got the foggiest clue where to start. It seems like there are thousands of guides online that point you in different directions for a good starting place, and it becomes a hassle having to sift through all that information.

Here are five well thought out and easy to follow mantras that will help you get on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Pre-Plan Your Priorities and Intent
Part of pre-planning your priorities is knowing what it is you’re hoping to achieve by making these lifestyle changes. Are you hoping to be more energetic and get things done sooner by having a more organized schedule? Or is it more of a personal choice to improve your health as you get older?

Whatever the reason, your motivation plays a huge part in getting you started, since most people need to know why they are doing something to be compelled to stick with it in the long run.  Once you’ve figured out the “why” behind your decision to implement a healthier morning routine, you can start planning a morning routine that will work for you.

Start Before the Alarm Goes Off
Before you’ve even thought of setting up your alarm, you might consider getting a head start on your newly established morning routine.

  • Try to set up as many little details as possible before you lay your head down for the night.
  • You might lay out the outfit you’re going to wear the next day, prep the coffee machine, and make a checklist of things you need to bring along with you once you leave the house.
  • Taking these small details out of the equation in the morning will make your routine go much more smoothly.

It’s All About the Little Things
There are little things that can be included in your morning routine to prepare your body, mind, and soul, for the day.

  • Think about including a healthy and balanced breakfast, instead of opting for a mere cup of coffee and a bagel before jetting off to the work.
  • If you have time, take a moment to slow down and meditate for a good 10 to 15 minutes each morning. This will center your mind before tackling a stressful day at the office.
  • Another minute detail that a lot of people tend to overlook is proper hydration.
  • Drinking a tall glass of ice water upon waking up will have you set for a good portion of the day. Bring along a water bottle too, if possible.

Balanced Breakfast
If you’re struggling for a good idea for a balanced breakfast, remember that nuts and yogurt are a healthy staple to include in the morning. Foods like these will not only fill you but will keep you feeling full for a good portion of the day. Naturally, bringing along a healthily portioned lunch is a good idea but many professionals will find the most benefit in including a balanced breakfast in the morning that will give them a boost of energy.

Keep Your Personal Life in Mind
Of course, developing and maintaining a healthy morning routine is not solely based on your diet and exercise habits. It would be easy to say that everyone can just hop on the healthy morning routine bandwagon and adapt easily. That simply is not the case.

Many working professionals have families and as such, they must coordinate their schedule around what works best for their family. A good way to work around this is to involve your family in your morning routine.

As you might expect, there is no one-size-fits-all morning routine. With anything new, there is an adjustment period that goes along with it. Try experimenting with a few routines until you find one that works best for you.

For more information, visit Careworks.

Author:  Katlyn Lytle Rushing, PA-C