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Five steps to start your day right

This past week we have been in crazy transition moving to a new house. After painting, cleaning and moving in, we’re finally at ease, and we love it here. Can’t wait to show you pictures when it’s ready!

One of the things I noticed when we moved here 7 months ago, was that people in Bali are morning persons. Locals and most expats wake up when the sun rises! In Iceland (where we’re from), the sun comes up at 11 AM in winter and never sets in summer… it’s a bit different to say the least haha.
Our sleeping schedule hasn’t been consistent for years, especially since we work our own hours - but after we moved to the new house, we felt a change. I realized it was our tiny matt window. It let’s a lot of natural light in, so it’s been much easier to get up in the morning. So if you don’t have such a convenient window like I do now, or worse, you live in a place like Iceland, my first advice to you is to buy a daylight alarm to wake up to!

So here’s how my morning routine looks like recently, as I’m intentionally creating healthy habits.

#1 - Don’t snooze
Your body has several mechanisms to prepare you to wake up and get moving. One of these is turning up your core temperature, which makes you feel more alert and less sleepy. This starts about two hours before the body feels ready to wake up. When you let yourself go back to sleep, your body thinks, "False alarm! I guess I didn't need to do anything, because we're not getting up after all," and settles in. When that buzzer goes off a second time, your body and brain are taken by surprise, resulting in that groggy, fuzzy-headed feeling called sleep inertia. The more you snooze, the more confused your body and brain get ("So are we going back to sleep or not?!"), so you'll probably feel more out of it even though you actually spent extra time in bed. What's more, this type of sleep inertia can persist for up to two to four hours!
Resource: Corrie Pikul

#2 - Hydrate
So as well as splashing your face with cold water, you should drink some to rehydrate after the night. If you add some lemon to hot water, it actually helps boost your immune system, balances pH, aids digestion, helps clear skin and flushing out toxins!

#3 – Stay unplugged
In this electronic era, it is tempting to pick up your device the minute you wake up to check on what has happened in the world during your sleeping hours. But don’t! Resist the temptation to scroll through your emails & social media. This gives you the time you need to stay on track with your restful morning routine, instead of thinking about todays demands or requests.

#4 – Breakfast
Don’t underestimate the power of breakfast! Science has shown that you have a “mental advantage” when you start the day with a healthy breakfast. You’ll be able to concentrate much better once you have eaten. This will aid you in problem-solving and making better choices throughout your day.

  

 #5 – Read / Meditate 
Taking time to feed your spirit is just as important as feeding your body. However you feel on the inside will affect your whole being, so taking the time to read something constructive or meditate before you take on the day, can change everything. 
“I meditate on your name all night, God, treasuring your revelation, O God.” Psalm 119:55

How do you make the most of your mornings?

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Dagbjört

The creative director & co-founder of Just Us. A 25 year old photographer obsessed with fashion, travel and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

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