1. MORNING SUNLIGHT Don’t underestimate the power of vitamin D. Stepping outside first thing in the morning and soaking up as little as 10 minutes of sunshine can have dramatic positive effects on your nervous system, hormone regulation and mood. Helping to regulate your circadian rhythm (which means no, you cannot bring your phone along for the activity), this daily habit will help to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) spikes throughout the day and will give you an instant mood boost. Plus, it costs nothing!
2. A BALANCED BREAKFAST Repeat after us: don’t skip breakfast. Aside from the obvious reason that no one likes you when you’re hangry, ensuring that you have a breakfast rich in protein and fats to start the day will help to regulate your blood sugar levels and metabolism. This will help you avoid the 3pm crash and is also known to improve your mood if you eat in the first 30 minutes to one hour after waking. It will also line your stomach before you indulge in your daily caffeine which will help to reduce any anxiety or stress spikes that could be linked to your morning cappuccino.
3. MEDITATION If for only five minutes a day, meditation will pay serious dividends for your mental and physical health. Helping you increase your self-awareness and take time away from daily stressors like technology, work and, well, people, finding this quiet time will help to lower your resting heart rate which, in turn, helps to reduce stress, improve calmness and inspire creativity. This habit, if done before bed, can also dramatically improve your sleep which is at the core of all mental and physical health. Our favourite apps include Calm and Headspace.