- Give Thanks
Start your day on a positive note by spending a minute or two thinking about all the things you are grateful for, says Sally Forrest, managing director and holistic expert at Soul Centre.“The simple practice puts the mind in a positive setting, which then travels with you throughout the day.
The reverse happens when you wake up and remember all the negative or uninspiring things in your life,” she explains. So whether you’re grateful about having a happy family, good health, clean air to breathe or a job to go to, start planting these positive thoughts in your mind.
For an instant mood booster, spend a few minutes with your pets, says Sally. Making time for your furry friends before you head out will do both of you a world of good, and is guaranteed to set you up for a great day ahead.
As soon as you wake up, focus on your breath and give it your full attention. Sally’s advice to make the most of this meditation technique: As you breathe in, visualise the energy of the universe coming into you, and energising you for the day.
Take 10 deep breaths, let each one out slowly and you’ll notice yourself feeling calmer, more positive and ready to face the day ahead.
Even if you’re not one of those early morning workout types, stretching in the morning will get the blood flowing to all parts of the body, including the brain.
Besides boosting concentration and sharpening your senses, the release of endorphins from gentle stretching boosts your mood and helps you start the day with a positive frame of mind. Stretching can also do wonders for your posture and alleviate stiff or achy muscles and joints.
Li Si Yang, health and fitness coach at Journey to Fitness, says the cat, dog and cobra yoga poses, as well as the trunk rotation stretch, can help your flexibility and strengthen your shoulders, torso and back.
Begin your mornings with a detox, says Susie Rucker, nutritional therapist at Body with Soul. “Drink one to two glasses of water (room temperature or warm) with a squeeze of lemon juice to flush out toxins from the digestive system and rehydrate the body,” she advises.
Besides offering a hit of vitamin C, lemons have a low glycaemic index and are packed with potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve functions and keeps your blood pressure in check. Susie adds that this morning ritual is an effective way to prevent constipation and ensure smooth bowel movement. What’s more, the citrusy scent even has energising and mood-lifting effects.
Text: Veronica Chng/Simply Her
Additional Reporting: Atika Lim