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Good mornings are all about positivity, but they're also about incorporating that positivity into your weekday routine. The way you begin your morning protocol can really have an impact on your entire day. That's why setting a daily intention can be so powerful; taking a few minutes first thing in the morning to think about what you want to do throughout the day can help you feel more motivated, give you a boost of energy, and ultimately help you accomplish your goals. And since 2019 is all about
waking up to wellness, we've rounded up some recommended wellness intentions to start each morning with positivity and motivation.
Meditate For 10 Minutes
In the past few years, meditation has become an oft-discussed topic and has officially surpassed trend status. This natural extension of wellness helps us seek moments of clarity and quiet in an otherwise hectic day. Being constantly connected via social media is fun, but it can also be taxing on our nervous system. To decompress before your work day, take a few minutes to use a mediation app or try some of the guided meditations offered through
Headspace on the WW app. A simple 10-minute guided meditation can shift your mindset and lead to less stress over time. If you find it difficult to clear your mind, start with a 5-minute meditation and go from there. Like any other exercise, you'll get better at it with practice.
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Make a List of 3 Things You’re Grateful For
Sure, you could come up with five or 10 things you're grateful for every day, but mornings are hurried and sticking to a quick three things that you write down in a journal will help ensure you do this daily. Practicing gratitude in this way will help rewire your brain to be more grateful, which leads to feeling happier overall. Your brain is a powerful tool and no one knows how far you've come in your
wellness journey better than you. Take the time to write down a few wins in the morning — or even create a vision board if you have time — to shift your mindset to one of more positivity overall.
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Limit Your Phone Time
My rule is to avoid checking my phone until I've had my morning beverage, which I'll get to shortly. You have all day to dip into your email, text messages, and Instagram. Give yourself a minimum of 20 tech-free minutes before you start logging your daily screen time so you're not instantly pivoting into answering emails, texts, and messages upon waking.
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Start Your Morning With Lemon Water
Kicking your day off with a glass of hot water with lemon not only hydrates you, it also helps you maintain your body's pH level in addition to providing vitamin C, which protects your body from immune system deficiencies. A morning lemon-spiked water will even kick-start your digestive system.
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Do 20 Minutes (or More!) of Exercise
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Whether your movement of choice is walking, running, weight lifting, or a quick dance routine, getting a simple 20 minutes of exercise in before you start work is great for getting in your daily allotment. With WW's app, you can track your workout with
FitPoints 2.0 — no matter if it's 10 minutes or 1 hour. FitPoints helps you choose an activity based on your goals and get the most out of your workout. Browse the library of fitness videos and everyday workout routines from Aaptiv for inspiration. This quick four-move ab workout is a great place to start!
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Make an intention to be present in the moment throughout your day, whether it's at breakfast with your partner and/or children, sticking to your workday tasks without getting distracted, or even greeting the person checking out your groceries at the store while you're running errands. Put down the phone and focus on your interpersonal interactions throughout the day as much as possible.
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If you start the day on a positive note, you'll likely end the day on a positive note as well. Begin your morning by envisioning how you'd like your day to turn out, leaving the rest up to the power of manifestation.
Setting an inspiring mantra as your alarm tone will help you wake up on the right side of the bed. Starting the day with a happy outlook will serve you well as your day progresses.
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Nourish Your Body
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By kicking your day off with delicious, yet nutritious, satisfying foods, you set the tone for your day. Opt for a hot breakfast packed with protein to keep you satiated until lunchtime rolls around.
Egg dishes packed with veggies, spices, and bold flavors are always a good choice. Incorporating fresh produce — vibrant fruits and vegetables — at each meal is a good practice for healthy eating.
No matter what your wellness goals are, WW is there to help you reach them every day, every step of the way. Check out all that WW has to offer and
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