Directly after my wedding, I didn’t feel so good. The stress of wedding planning and changing jobs all at once really caught up with me and wrestled my body into a state of compromised immunity. I woke up the morning after the nuptials with a scratchy throat, headache, and general fatigue.
I brushed this off as partying too hard, too much joy and fun, that my body just couldn’t handle it all.
The following days turned my light symptoms into a fever and my scratchy throat into a full blown head cold, and I began my new job feeling less than stellar.
Even after my illness went away, I felt tired, achy, and always one step behind. I couldn’t figure out why until I started examining my routine and what I was doing differently from the months before.
I started correcting those tiny lifestyle changes that I didn’t even know I’d made. After a lot of trial and error, here are a few things that were incredibly helpful in making me feel amazing each morning.
Drink Water When You Wake Up
I’m a huge coffee drinker and it’s part of my morning ritual to wake up and pour myself a cup of joe to sip on while I tend to some administrative functions of Add Vodka. Especially since it’s the summer and it’s been quite hot out, I was waking up with headaches which I found out were actually from dehydration.
I began to drink two glasses of water prior to pouring my coffee each morning and it has made me feel so much better. Drinking water first thing hydrates you, and makes you feel more alert which is a huge bonus.
I’m a huge fan of yoga breathing, especially at work when I am in between tasks. I’ve never been much of a deep breather (or a water drinker for that matter) until recently, when I realized just how refreshing a huge dose of oxygen can be.
When I take deep breaths, I picture the oxygen getting in to my brain and clearing the fog. Kind of like a squeegee or a fan. It energizes me and gets me in the zone, and it makes me feel so much better.
Not many people stop to take a breath, and it’s surprising just how helpful that one small action can be.
Most people won’t want to hear this, but what they say is true: exercising improves your life considerably. After all, there are numerous studies that prove that exercise can fight depression, combat disease, and make you live longer, happier, healthier lives.
Even so, most people don’t exercise each day.
Most of us spend an alarming amount of time staring at screens, between work and our leisure activities, and not enough time moving. Working out can be a great stress reliever and can also clear your mind. It’s an important part to ensuring you wake up feeling ready for the day, even if you can only fit in a short walk.
A bonus is that regular exercisers often have stronger immune systems.
One thing that I notice when it comes to feeling good, is that if I have been eating a poor diet or if I don’t have enough fresh produce in my diet, I can immediately notice in my body.
I tend to have less energy and feel headaches, aches, and even notice small changes in my skin.
A green smoothie or a big salad will usually help that within the next couple of days. Nutrition has a lot to do with how we feel and how our bodies function so it’s important to nourish them properly for optimum mental and physical performance.
I would rather wake up feeling great every day than feeling mediocre, so I pay attention to these things so I can live the best life possible.