Is your demanding lifestyle taking its toll on you?
Do you find it difficult to carve out time and look after yourself?
You can take an easy first step towards improving your overall wellbeing. Below five quick tips to give your mind and body the kick start you need in the morning. And it will take only thirty minutes of your time.
Swish a tablespoon of a high quality oil (coconut oil, olive or sesame oil) in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, then spit it out.
An Ayurveda practice that dates back nearly 3,000 years, it helps to detox your body, to prevent tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums and to strengthen your teeth and gums. It has also been suggested that it improves your overall health and clears your skin by getting you rid of the harmful bacteria that you would have accumulated in the mouth during your sleep.
It should be done as first thing in the morning, immediately followed by tooth brushing.
Warm water & lemon juice
Squeeze half a lemon into half a glass of warm water and drink it on empty stomach.
Water keeps you hydrated and cleanses your body.
Lemons are high in vitamin C and potassium, which boost your immune system and give you a glowing skin, and healthier bones/tissues. They also help to decrease wrinkles by fighting free radicals.
They alkalise the blood, which has shown significant benefits such as decrease in pain/inflammation, and weight loss.
Lemon juice flushes out toxins and reduces the amount of phlegm produced by the body.
Ten minutes’ mindfulness & stretching
Whether you are able to have a proper workout session in the morning or not, it is worth to spend at least ten minutes to set your body and mind to a great start. It will improve your mood, clarity and energy level.
Do some mild stretching to warm up your muscles and joints, from top to toe. It helps not only to maintain your body flexible and healthy, but also to prevent injuries and strains.
Then sit down and relax for a few minutes. Focus on your breath and think about a few things you are grateful for. Depending on how much time you can spend on this practice, you may want to add some visualisation, NLP positive affirmations and meditation practices.
Allowing yourself to try and take a break from the constant chatter of your mind will help you to be calmer, more focused and more productive.
EEG studies on meditators revealed a substantial increase in delta and theta brain waves and showed improvement in learning ability, creativity, mental clarity and sharper intellect.
A teaspoon of coconut oil
Add to your breakfast a teaspoon of organic, 100% natural, raw coconut oil.
It is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.
It’s rich with natural saturated fats, which help with digestion and improve memory and brain functions.
Its high levels of antioxidants help to slow the aging process and to reduce inflammation and arthritis.
It contains lauric acid, which is known to fight bacteria and viruses and to help to naturally balance hormones.
Its natural antimicrobial properties help to heal urinary and kidney infections. There is also a study suggesting that coconut oil directly protects the liver from damage.
 J Basic Clin Physiol Pharmacol. 2014 May 1;25(2):249-53. doi: 10.1515/jbcpp-2013-0059.Virgin coconut oil protects against liver damage in albino rats challenged with the anti-folate combination, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Otuechere CA, Madarikan G, Simisola T, Bankole O, Osho A.