In part one of this three-part series, I'm going to show you how you can construct a daily health routine that will give you enough energy to live life to the max.
The best way to make sure you succeed at anything you start is to make a realistic plan of action that will get you across the finish line. It's the exact same with your health and energy. Most people just leave it to chance as to how they will be feeling when they get up and they then adjust their schedule and productivity to match their level of mental and physical energy.
As an Entrepreneur myself, I find that everyday is busy and it is critical for success that I make sure that I get up every morning fresh, focused and energised. So with that in mind I have developed a simple self-health routine that takes the guess work out of how I am going to be feeling tomorrow.
I have incorporated simple strategies and techniques into my daily routine over the years that make sure I am ready to give my all both mentally and physically all day, every day.
Here's my plan:
Once I wake up and get my bearings I start by thinking about what I am grateful for. I usually start with myself at the most obvious level - I am grateful to be alive and then move to focus on my health. Then I widen the circle to include my family and friends and finish with the unknown surprises or opportunities that await me in the day ahead.
Only when I am feeling good about myself do I move to saying my affirmations. (If you missed my blog post on affirmations you can access it here).
For optimum benefit you should say each affirmation 10 times. Make sure to take time to really connect with your affirmations. Always build up positive emotions as you are saying them as this will help you to achieve your goals faster.
I then get out of bed and do a few simple stretches.
Water and Natural Supplements
I make my way downstairs where I drink a couple of (room temperature) glasses of water. Then I make sure I take my supplements. I find my wholefood supplement All Day Energy suits my needs the best. Because the oyster is a natural source of protein, vitamins and amino acids, it provides me with plenty of energy which means that I avoid sugary food cravings throughout the day.
According to our friends at WebMD and Susan Moores, MS, RD, a registered dietitian and nutrition consultant in St. Paul, Minn. we should all eat regularly. Because waiting too long between meals may set you up to choose sugary, fatty foods that cut your hunger, Moores says. Instead, eating every three to five hours can help keep blood sugar stable and help you "avoid irrational eating behavior", Your best bets? "Choose proteins and fiber-rich foods".
The Lymphatic System
I then use a system called skin brushing, a technique you can learn more about on a previous blog post. Skin brushing basically stimulates the lymphatic system and this helps to encourage the body to process any toxic waste that may have been tipped from our cells during the night into our lymphatic fluids. It is possible to perform the skin brushing while showering but as a matter of preference for me I like to skin brush while I am dry - before I get into the shower. Once out of the shower I make sure to enjoy a nutritious breakfast.
In the interest of full disclosure, I would recommend that a bowel evacuation be carried out at some stage every morning and the bowel can be trained to perform at the same time every day with a little practice and perseverance.
As you read this 'to do' list above it may seem like a lot of effort and extra time however I can assure you that it will take you no longer to implement this routine than your current one.
At home when I wake up:
- Attitude of gratitude
- Say my affirmations X 10 each
- Get out of bed – Stretch
- Water / supplements
- Skin brush / shower
- Nutritious breakfast
That's all for part one. Part two will be released next Saturday.