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5 Things to Do Before Breakfast to Kick-Start a Great Day

By Andrea Mathis, LD, RDN, MA | September 4, 2020 | EatingWell

We've all been there—hitting the snooze button several times before rolling out of bed, rushing out of the house, skipping breakfast—just to make it to work 10 minutes late. You may not realize this, but your morning routine can determine the mood of your entire day. Luckily, there are five easy things that you can do before breakfast to kick-start a great day!

1. Try meditating

Meditation is a great way to start your day off right. It allows you to reflect and focus on what you want to accomplish for the day. It's a great time to calm your mind and fill it with soothing, positive thoughts. Studies have shown that meditation may help to reduce blood pressure as well as ease symptoms of anxiety and depression. It may also help people with insomnia.

2. Make time for a quick workout

Feeling a little sluggish when you wake up? Try exercising. Morning workouts are one of the best ways to feel energized and boost your mood. In fact, a morning workout might even give you more energy than a cup of coffee or that expensive energy drink that you can't live without! According to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, morning workouts can help to improve your attention span, visual learning and decision-making. Whether it's an easy yoga session, a walk or something more intense, like spinning or running, any type of movement helps.

3. Drink a glass of water

Everyone is a little dehydrated when they first wake up the morning, which is expected after going several hours without fluids. Forgetting to replenish those fluids can have a negative impact on your day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the lack of proper hydration can compromise your alertness, energy, and cognitive performance. It's recommended to drink at least eight to 10 ounces of plain water upon awakening to rehydrate.

4. Get in some family time

Connecting with family and close friends in a great way to boost your mood. Whether it's a quick cuddle while you're still in your pajamas, a phone call or good morning text or even an in-person visit for a morning walk, a simple conversation with family or friends can help to put your mind at ease and boost your mental energy.

5. Create a to-do list

We all have those days when there are a million  to do, and not enough hours in the day to get it all done. To help your day run smoothly and stress-free, try creating a simple to-do list. A to-do list can help you stay organized and keep you focused on what needs to be done. When creating your list, be sure to set realistic and attainable goals. Don't over-do it. As you cross items off your to-do list, you'll feel a sense of relief, accomplishment and motivation to keep moving forward rather than feeling tired and overwhelmed.

The Bottom Line

Whether you do all of these things or simply pick a few, these easy-to-do morning rituals will guaranteed your day starts off on the right foot.


This article was written by Andrea Mathis, LD, RDN, MA from EatingWell and was legally licensed through the Industry Dive publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.

Andrea Mathis, LD, RDN, MA
EatingWell