You have probably had your share of health scares. You find out that a relative or neighbor just got diagnosed with a life threatening condition and all of a sudden you start experiencing some worrisome symptoms that makes you wonder if you have the same condition.
Becoming a healthier, happier you means making a commitment to yourself—there’s no better time than the present! Building a morning routine can help you make the most out of each day. Your morning should serve as the foundation to a productive day, so taking the time to create a detailed morning routine can pay off in a big way. Consider incorporating these great habits and reap the benefits.
- Make Time for Breakfast
Eating a healthy diet is an instrumental part of becoming the healthiest version of yourself, so dedicate time each morning to making and enjoying a big, hearty breakfast filled with nutritional value. Whip up a delicious omelet filled with veggies or make a bowl of warm, tummy-filling oatmeal topped with strawberries and blueberries for a quick but delicious breakfast.
2. Brew Your Own Coffee
Skip that daily Starbucks run and make your own delicious coffee in the comfort of your own home. This is one morning routine that will save you money and reward you in the form of caffeinated goodness.
3. Consider a Daily Supplement
Taking a daily supplement can help you boost your overall health with very little effort. There are so many supplements to choose from for a variety of health issues; pick up a digestive health supplement from Zacol, or grab a hair and nails supplement from The Ouai.
4. Take a Walk
Jumpstart your metabolism by taking a quick, brisk walk in the morning. Even just 15 minutes spent circling the neighborhood can help you wake up and prepare for the day ahead.
5. Schedule Out Your Day
If you’ve got a busy day ahead of you, take a bit of time to organize your schedule. This simple task will take you no more than five minutes, and hopefully help relieve stress as you tackle whatever life has in store for you during the day.
6. Write Down Three Goals for Your Day
Every day represents a new opportunity, so make sure you’re making the most of it with specified goals. They don’t need to be anything earth-shattering—here’s an example three goals that can be accomplished by almost everyone:
- Make someone smile
- Do something kind for a coworker
- Call a friend you’ve lost touch with
7. Overhaul Your Morning Skin Care Regimen
If your normal beauty routine means slopping on makeup and heading out the door, it’s time for a refresh. Give yourself at least 10 minutes in the morning to practice skin care. Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser every day, then apply a moisturizer designed for your skin type. Once your canvas is ready for makeup application, apply a primer; this handy little cosmetic marvel will ensure your makeup goes on smooth and stays on all day long.
8. Make Lunch
Skip the fast food restaurants by packing lunches in the morning. You’ll save money and keep your waistline trim; what better excuse to practice your culinary skills? Pick up a Pyrex set to ensure you’ve got on-the-go storage containers ready and waiting.
9. Meditate for 5 Minutes
Meditation can help you center yourself, and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the day ahead. Studies have found that regular meditation can reduce stress, cultivate creativity, improve focus, and enhance memory.
10. Make Your Bed
We’ve heard it since we were children, but if you still haven’t gotten onboard with the daily practice of making your bed, it’s time. Making your bed constitutes as finishing a task; starting off your day with that feeling of accomplishment can only mean good things!
11. Read Something Inspirational
Start your day on an inspiring note, and read something that will have you hopeful and optimistic. Read something inspirational every day on Beliefnet.com.
12. Listen to Pump-Up Music
Don’t underestimate the power of a good tune. Pick a soul-lifting, heart-pumping jam to get your day started off right. Make a morning playlist on Spotify that you can listen to while getting ready in the morning and watch your mood skyrocket on the way to work.
Nearly 20 years ago, as a 4th year medical student, I researched and presented a paper about the power of prayer in medicine and healthcare.
I was pleasantly surprised that back then as now, the vast majority of patients welcome prayers for their health from friends and family members.
In fact, when asked, the majority want their treating doctors and nurses caring for their illnesses to pray for them as well. [Read more…]
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There are really only 2 things that worry me about the state of medicine-
1. shortage of physicians (especially in primary care)
2. Antibiotic crisis
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If you want to feel happier and healthier every day, you should adhere to “common sense” advices, which can really change your life. We present you few healthy tips that you should certainly adopt and which don’t require extra money and free time. All you need is a good will and persistence. [Read more…]
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That changed with my first pregnancy. I suffered from heartburn so bad that I lived on bland foods and Tums for half of my pregnancy. [Read more…]
The New Year is approaching, which means you might have new resolutions about what you’ll change in your life for 2017. What are your resolutions? Chances are, they revolve around a few things: health, wealth, and love.
Many people create unrealistic expectations of themselves, becoming discouraged later in the year when they feel incapable of achieving them. Big changes begin with small efforts, and slight adjustments can make a huge impact on your life. [Read more…]
It’s a fact that most Americans gain weight over the holidays seasons- anywhere between 6-10
All from hanging out with friends and family and sharing good meals!
SO I call this the Fattening Season and I usually steer my patients who are trying to loose weight instead to focus
on simply NOT gaining. As NOT gaining during this 3 months from Halloween to New Year’s. [Read more…]