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10 ways to kick start your day! (Part 2)

Following on from our previous article that looked at 5 ways to kick start your day, the following 5 ways are other great ways to maintain a healthy everyday lifestyle. With these 10 ways to kick start your day, you shouldn’t find yourself struggling towards the end of the morning – You’ll be powering through each working day before you know it!

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 5 five ways to kick start your day (part 2):

A burst of fresh air! – When we wake up in the morning, your body will be recovering from a state of rest. Oxygen levels will be fairly low, so head straight for your curtains open the windows wide. Even if it’s cold and murky outside, you’ll find that a burst of fresh air will awaken your senses quicker than expected.

Take deep breaths – As you wake up, lying in bed looking at the ceiling, take long deep breaths. Inhale slowly and exhale in the same manner, filling your lungs with fresh oxygen. Breath in through the nose for 4 seconds using the lower abdomen, before exhaling for 8 seconds through the mouth. This will help rid the lungs of any stale air taken throughout the evening.

Drink Peppermint tea –  Drinking peppermint tea is not just to be associated with alleviating an unsettled stomach. Peppermint tea can help to optimise brain function whilst helping with nerve function too.

Sun Salutations –  If you practice yoga on a daily basis, you’ll find that a few rounds of sun salutations are a great way of waking the body, improving circulation and sharpening the mind. If you don’t practice yoga, try stretching your body whilst inhaling slowly through the nose and exhaling through the mouth – a truly invigorating experience.

Exercise – Exercising first thing in the morning is certainly the best time to exercise. Once you’ve woken up and had a healthy balanced breakfast, head to the gym for a workout or perhaps go for a jog around the block. The experience alone will wake you right up, ready for the day ahead.

 

Tips to get a good nights sleep!

We may all be familiar with the standard eight hours required in order to get a good nights sleep, but if you struggle to even achieve this perhaps some of the following tips can help. Sleep is essential to our well being, with many of us struggling to get a decent nights sleep because of stress from the day, “not being tired” or noisy partners sleeping next to you! Whilst some factors are out of your control, a few of the following alterations during your daily routine could help you drift off at night.

Get a goods nights sleep!

Get a goods nights sleep!

Take a look at the Healthy Hideout’s top tips for getting a good nights sleep!

  • Temperature – It may seem like one of the most obvious factors, but lowering the temperatures in your bedroom (or where you sleep) before you go to bed will send signals to the brain that it’s time for bed. When our bodies are cold, we’re more than likely tired. A cooler bedroom will make the duvet a whole lot more appealing.
  • Work – The saying goes that there aren’t enough hours in the day to get your work done, but taking work home almost guarantees your mind will stay awake longer than you need it to. Separate your working life from your normal life, by staying at the office longer if you really need to.
  • Exercise – A powerful and effective way to make you feel tired, as physical exercise will tire your muscles and body encouraging your body to naturally nod off. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to run a marathon everyday, but you’ll be guaranteed a comfortable nights sleep if you complete any gentle exercise beforehand.
  • Caffeine – The morning “pick-me-up” cup of coffee is all well and good, but drinking caffeine later in the day can seriously affect your sleeping patterns in the evening.  Instead of coffee, why not try a warming cup of lemon & ginger with a teaspoon of honey for sweetness. If you absolutely need coffee or tea, go for the decaf!

5 Top Ways to beat SAD

With winter quickly on the approach and evenings getting darker, some of us will begin to feel the winter blues. Officially branded as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it seems none of us enjoy waking up in the dark for a day in the office or heading home whilst driving in the pitch black.

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 5 ways to beat the affects of SAD:

  1. Sleeping patterns – It’s important to try and get your body into a consistent sleeping pattern throughout the week including the weekends. Although it’s nice to have a lie in, repeatedly hitting the “snooze” button on Saturday morning may leave you feeling lethargic and more tired when the next working week arrives.
  2. Light therapy – Reduced exposure to natural light has been known to cause a chemical imbalance inside the brain which can leave us in a depressed mood along with a sense of fatigue and irratability. One unique suggestion is to invest in a “seasonal light box” for the side of your bed, which mimics the suns rise a little earlier, in the comfort of your own bed. There are many sizes and options available so you’re bound to find one that will suit your needs best.
  3. Food – The summer leaves many of us encouraged by the flurry of fresh fruit and veg available at that time of year. Try and keep your intake of fruit and veg up throughout the winter period, and maintain a healthy intake of complex carbs such as wholegrain rice, pasta and bread. The added sustenance will keep your energy levels high throughout the day.
  4. Exercise – Regular exercise produces endorphins – we all know this. Many of us will start to sway away from our regular exercise routines as the temperature begins to drop, but try to maintain them and your body will thank you for it. Many studies have shown how physical workouts can help improve sleep and muscle tension. If it helps, try moving your workout so that it takes place during the few daylight hours that we have – It’ll help lift your mood!
  5. Laugh it up! – Socialising is easily one of the best ways to help beat SAD. Meet up with friends on a regular basis, and don’t sit at home being a couch potato under a blanket. Laughter has been known to produce many psychological benefits, boosting your immune system and lowering the effects of stress. Coupled quite perfectly from the phrase “a happy worker is a productive worker,” you may find yourself quickly changing your attitude to winter.

Let’s end with a favourite to get us all smiling:

This is a Stick up!

This is a Stick up!

For more information on SAD, here’s a great book to get your hands on: