Call it a belligerent zeitgeist or pressure cooker–the bottom line is we’re living in a pretty testing time for mental and physical health. We’re raising kids of the “I want” generation, trying to navigate their begs for the latest consoles and phones; we’re swimming upstream in alienating workforces; we’re trying to be successful entrepreneurs, and also comparing ourselves to Olympic athletes and TV stars, wondering why we’re not it all. We’re hamsters on a wheel of doom.
Go take a minute to cry in the corner. I understand. But then I want you to come back, sit down, and finish reading these words. Because what you’re about to learn will stop that wheel. You’ll become you again. In just 5 minutes, I’ll show you how to change out of your hamster costume, rid yourself of the ‘sh*t-life syndrome,’ and regain the health you’ve lost.
The trick: try a morning routine.
Health experts and entrepreneurs from your smallest village in Brazil to your New York City metropolis can’t emphasize enough the importance of a structured start to your day. Barack Obama always wakes at 6:45AM. to exercise, read several newspapers, and eat breakfast with his family; Steve Jobs, late Apple CEO, would stand in front of the mirror every morning asking himself, “‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’
Morning routines don’t have to be long. They just have to be there. Here’s what you will benefit from by introducing one to your day:
Accomplishing your routine every morning sets the foundation of productivity, and can be seen as an investment in the rest of your day. You’ll feel more confident, peaceful and positive, traits that’ll steer the direction of the rest of your day and result in getting more done.
Waking up early is no fun, but by gradually training yourself to do so, you’re inadvertently strengthening your mental fortitude, and if you’ve set a health goal for yourself, having accomplished your morning routine will help you stay on track. Book suggestion: Eat that Frog.
Funny but when we don’t start our day feeling unprepared and haggard, our stress levels remain even keel. Without spiking our Cortisol levels right off the bat, we gain less weight, feel less anxious, and tend to respond vs. react to stressors.
You learned your ABCs, so it’s a no-brainer you can make, and stick to, a health-balancing morning routine. It doesn’t have to be 3300 steps long–it can be as simple as, “I’m going to wake at 7AM and make a healthy smoothie, like the ones served at Mountain Trek.” Pick the routine you want, try it out, and rinse and repeat until you’re happy with how it’s working. You’ve got this.
Unsure where to start with your morning routine? Mountain Trek Fitness Retreat & Health Spa in British Columbia, Canada, employs world class Nutritionists, Kinesiologists, Naturopathic doctors, Yoga Instructors, as well as experts on sleep, stress management, and detoxification (meet the team). Send us an email at email@example.com with your questions, or visit our facebook page to join the conversation.