3 Great Ideas on What to Do First Thing in The Morning

things to do first thing in the morning

I get up every morning and it’s going to be a great day. You never know when it’s going to be over so I refuse to have a bad day. ~ Paul Henderson

Each new day is a new beginning. And it’s another opportunity to get things done, do what we enjoy, get closer to our goals and be the best version of ourselves.

And how your day starts often defines how it goes. So let’s use the morning to kickstart it with a positive attitude and energy.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Many people just hit the snooze button many times, sleep in, check their phones, think of all the stuff they have to do later in the day, or start getting ready to go out in a hurry.

All these, however, are things that can only make your day stressful, negative and unproductive.

Here are better ideas for your morning:

3 Things to Do First Thing in The Morning

1. Welcome the day with a big smile.

While still in bed, thank for this day and the chance to make the best of it. It’s a gift and a blessing and you can use it however you want.

Be positive about it. Realize that all the bad things from the past few days don’t really matter, and look forward to being proud of yourself in the evening.

2. Do some writing.

Here’s what you can write down first thing in the morning:

  • 3 things you’re grateful for;
  • a few ways to make this day meaningful;
  • positive affirmations;
  • the tasks you have to complete today and the ones that are most important;
  • what you can do today to get closer to your dreams;
  • record your thoughts;
    etc.

This will take no more than a few minutes but will have a great effect on how you’ll feel throughout the day.

3. Read something inspiring.

Grab a book right after you wake up, or visit your favorite blog, and read something motivational. Something that will boost your confidence, will encourage you to take action and do your best and will make you focus on what’s important to you.

Even a few paragraphs, when from the right source, can help you build some momentum into your day and get you moving.

Here’s something beautiful from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo:

“I awoke one morning content to be who I am, no matter what was happening. Though things were not as I wanted, there was truly nothing lacking, and I vowed that I would trade places with no one, spirits with all:
• Center yourself and feel the reality of your life this morning.
• Let your breath take you, for the moment, beneath your dreams of betterment.
• As you exhale, feel the soreness around all you want.
• As you inhale, feel the mystery at center where nothing is lacking.
The truth about morning is that it is the small light of the beginning breaking through, again and again. It is a wisdom so large and clear, one which carries us through our lives so quietly and completely that we seldom see it.”

So what do you do first thing in the morning? What other ideas can you give?

See also:

8 things happy people do every morning
The power of mornings: Why successful entrepreneurs get up early
Four ways to start your work day right
7 things to do each morning that will make you happier all day

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How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

Dietary requirements, allergies, intolerances, illnesses and other factors can prevent us from getting optimum nutrients and vitamins from food alone. That’s why millions of people all over the world take supplements each day, whether they are recommended by a doctor to treat a deficiency, or just to ensure people get enough of what their diet lacks.

In this article, we’ll give a list of popular recommended supplements to top up your diet and ensure you’re getting the correct dosage of some important nutrients.

Most supplements can be taken harmlessly with no side effects, but you should always thoroughly check labels and get proper medical advice if you’re unsure. For instance, St John’s Wort is widely considered an herbal remedy for depression but can actually decrease the effectivity of contraceptive pills.

For insight into your personal needs, consult with a doctor or nutritionist. Especially if you have a condition that restricts your diet, or you simply want to check that a particular supplement won’t affect any medication you take.

Popular Supplements

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria usually taken in tablet or powder form as supplements for a healthy digestion and immune system. It helps ‘good’ gut bacteria flourish, which in turn helps your immune system to kill bad bacteria that could make you sick.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics basically enable the full effect of probiotics to take hold – think of it like a fertilizer enabling garden plants to properly grow. Find the best prebiotic supplement by visiting chemists, health stores or online.

Multivitamins

Multivitamins are a great solution for busy people. Simply pop one tablet that contains a cocktail of essential vitamins and nutrients! Most multivitamins contain things necessary for everybody, like vitamins A, E, C, K; folic acid; calcium; phosphorous; magnesium; iron; iodine; and plenty more.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is necessary to get through food sources or supplements each day because it can’t be stored in the human body. It’s an antioxidant which increases the volume of iron we can absorb from foods – therefore those with iron deficiency or anaemia should get lots of vitamin C too. It is easily found in fresh vegetables, citrus fruits or supplements, which you can buy cheaply in supermarkets.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium and phosphate for healthy bones. Supplements help to ensure you get enough daily vitamin D, but you can get it in your diet by eating lots of fatty fish, red meat and eggs. (Vegetarians and vegans therefore should invest in supplements.)

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 facilitates the proper functioning of the nervous system and is involved in the creation of blood cells. It’s vital that everyone gets enough B12.

Though it is usually found in meat and animal products like chicken, milk and eggs – this is another essential supplement for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Iron

Iron is especially vital for women and pregnant women. It is involved in the transportation of oxygen around the body in the blood, which is needed to create energy.

If you experience fatigue, you could be lacking iron or suffering from anaemia. Iron supplements are helpful to top up your blood iron, but you could also eat a diet full of spinach, broccoli, nuts, seeds, brown rice, dried fruit and red meat.

Zinc

Zinc is said to regulate immune function, have effects on memory and learning ability, and help wounds heal quickly. It’s possible to get too much zinc, so it is mostly included in multivitamins rather than a supplement on its own.

Calcium

Calcium is important for healthy bones. Since it is most prevalent in dairy products, vegans or just those who don’t eat much dairy should consider taking a supplement, or a multivitamin containing calcium.

Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil contains plenty of omega-3, vitamin A and vitamin D. It can help with skin diseases, like eczema and rashes, and can help reduce inflammation of the joints and arthritis.

Eating a diet full of fresh foods is essential for good overall health. Though if your diet restricts you from getting some of these necessary vitamins, supplements are a helpful and convenient way to replace them. Ask a doctor’s advice for help with balancing your diet, or you’re experiencing any symptoms associated with lack of vitamins.