I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for ways to improve my health, wealth and happiness. It can be difficult at times with life's crazy schedules and ups and downs. Throw kids into the mix and sometimes you don’t know whether you are coming or going.
In the pursuit of wellbeing, I’ve discovered over the years small changes can have a large impact on your day which leak into the big picture and your overall quality of life. I’ve also discovered how starting your day off right is probably one of the easiest and most important things you can do. Keep reading for 10 simple changes you can make for a BIG impact! Also an FYI - I do not receive compensation from any of the links in this article. They are there solely for your benefit!
Get Enough Quality Sleep
An oldie, but a goodie. Everyone has heard this before, but so few of us heed this sage advice. Getting enough quality sleep is paramount. So many things happen while in a deep sleep. Your mind settles down & works things out resulting in less stress and confusion. Your body heals while it sleeps on a cellular level. Give your physical body a chance to regenerate and recover instead of beating it up with on and off switches like caffeine and alcohol. According to the sleep foundation adults need up to 9 hours of snooze time.
Meditation is scientifically proven to:
lengthen attention span
promote emotional health
reduce age-related memory loss
help control pain
decrease blood pressure
Seriously? All you need is 10 - 15 minutes a day and you can literally transform your life. It's worth setting the alarm a few minutes earlier! Interested in more information, The Doc Institue has a whopping 141 articles dedicated to benefits of meditation here.
Ditch the Coffee
First, everything in moderation. Coffee itself is not the devil, but there are several solid reasons to skip a cup of joe first thing in the morning. Coffee raises cortisol, and while that in itself may not be a deal breaker, drinking it first thing in the morning when cortsoil levels are already naturally high can contribute to weight gain, hormonal imbalance and possibly insulin resistance. Drinking coffee first thing on an empty stomach can also negatively impact gut health by affecting your gut microbiome and stimulate acid production. If you have to have your coffee, try drinking a cup after breakfast between 9:30am and 12pm when cortisol levels are naturally lower. If you think you can ditch it all together, healthy alternatives to morning coffee are machta tea, fruit smoothies, hot water with lemon, fire cider, or hot apple cider vinegar drink.
Toss Your Toothpaste
Regular commercial toothpastes are loaded with toxic ingredients like sodium fluoride, propylene glycol, triclosan and more known to cause cancer, skin reactions and a myriad of other health effects. Instead try a natural or organic toothpaste with less junk. You can check the safety of different brands with EWG , an environmental group dedicated to protecting the environment and our health by changing industry standards. For something completely different you can even try oil pulling. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice of swishing coconut oil around your mouth to clean your teeth. Read more about it here. If oil pulling isn’t for you, at least have a good look at your toothpaste.
Eat A Healthy Breakfast
Skip sugary cereals and breakfast bars in exchange for a balanced breakfast. Go for healthy complete carbs or whole grains, fruits, vegetable and leans portions - good advice for every meal. Sugary breakfasts spike your blood sugar and can lead to a sugar crash later in the morning. Eating a well balanced breakfast will help you be more focused as you start your day and keep you fuller long potentially leading to weight loss.
Start A Gratitude Journal
Gratitude had been proven to boost your immunity, improve sleep and even increase job satisfaction! In fact being grateful can be so life changing it is catching on in big ways. Writing down just 10 things every morning in a gratitude journal can change your whole day. It raises your vibration and gives you a healthy mind set. I challenge you to do this for 30 says and see the results!
Swap Your Soaps
Just like your toothpaste, many commercial soaps and shampoos also contain many cancer causing, allergy inducing, toxic junk. Have a good hard look at your ingredient lists and double check that they are safe. If you are looking to make a change try this shampoo, this soap, or this deodorant.
Take Your Vitamins
Vitamins are an important part of a healthy regime. Did you know that fruits and vegetables contain 40% less nutrients than they did in the 1920’s? We compost less and throw nutrient rich table scraps into dry landfills preventing them from ever returning to the earth. That in conjunction with over farming our land, fresh food is not what it used up to be. In the same thread as toothpaste and shampoo, always check your vitamin ingredients. Food dyes and fillers are often found in many vitamins and sadly, are not very well regulated. Some dyes and binders are not safe to ingest on a regular bases. If you don’t know what an ingredient it, look it up! Look for brands that independently test for toxins or just plain do not use dyes and binders.
This is a no brainer. Health, mood, sleep, weight, energy level, etc. are all impacted by exercise. Even a short walk first thing in the morning can make a huge impact!
For anyone using make up out there, again, have a good hard look at your ingredients list. Not only are many popular brands toxic, some of them can even make your skin age faster or cause photosensitivity exposing you to increased sun damage. My favorite brand at the moment is Mineral Fusion. They have an excellent score on EGW, does not have any weird odors and wears beautifully. Here’s a helpful tip, try to buy these products in person. When matching skin tones, not all computer screen colors are equal!
There you have it, 10 simple ways to clean up your act and all before lunch time! If you've found this article helpful, don't forget to subscribe to New Earth's weekly (not spammy) newsletter for more tips, articles & free resources. Happy Journeys!