Everyone is busy. There is always something to do. There is often very little time to relax. And this can mean that we take no time for ourselves and just jump from one thing to the next with no downtime at all. Unfortunately, although we might think we are being productive in this way, the truth is that it’s far better to take some time off and reassess or relax than it is just to keep working away. You’ll be a lot more productive if you take breaks than if you keep plowing through.
It all starts in the morning. The way you carry out your morning routine will set the tone for the rest of the day, and if you rush out of bed and out of the door with barely any time to gather yourself, you’re already stressed. By having a healthy morning routine that includes some critical elements, the rest of the day can be a lot more positive. Read on to discover some of the healthiest things you can do first thing that will make your day better too.
Enjoy A Protein-Based Breakfast
It might seem as though some cereal or a piece of toast is at least better than nothing when it comes to breakfast, but if you’re taking the time to make and eat something like that, you can easily make the time to eat a more protein-based breakfast which is much better for you. Examples of this kind of breakfast include eggs, overnight oats (with optional nuts and seeds), smoked fish, or a bowl of Greek yogurt.
Protein-based breakfasts are good for you because they keep you full for longer, so you’ll be less likely to snack and you won’t overeat at lunch. They will also give you more energy.
What do you drink first thing in the morning? Is it coffee or tea? Is it juice? If it’s anything other than water, you might be doing yourself a disservice. Although coffee, tea, juice, and other drinks are considered ideal for breakfast, the reality is that water is the best hydration you can have. Since you have been asleep for eight hours or so, rehydrating yourself needs to be a priority.
You can still drink your favorite breakfast beverage but only do so once you have had a large glass of water. This will help to kickstart your metabolism and it will, perhaps surprisingly, wake you up much more than anything containing sugar or caffeine.
Brush Your Teeth
If you’ve been known to skip brushing your teeth in the morning, you won’t be the only one. When we’re in a hurry, some things will often be prioritized much less, and brushing your teeth can easily be seen as less important.
However, brushing your teeth in the morning means that all the bacteria that have been breeding in your mouth overnight will be cleaned away. Without brushing your teeth in the morning, that bacteria will remain, along with any trapped food, and when you have lunch, the problem will become worse so that your teeth continue to be attacked all day. This is important for everyone, but it’s absolutely vital if you wear clear aligners because bacteria can collect in these too.