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Leadership Blog Series: A Morning Routine for An Unstoppable Day

Welcome to our leadership blog series! This month, Neha Kaushik -the Chapter President of SouthWest College of Naturopathic Medicine – discusses how to win the morning and the day, with strategies on how to approach it

A Morning Routine for An Unstoppable Day

Starting the day off with a morning routine is a great way to get energized for whatever is to come. It takes time for a routine to be set in place; however, once it becomes part of your lifestyle you will realize how revitalizing and refreshing it can be. Additionally, it helps bring structure to your day. There are a plethora of ways that you could compose your individualized morning routine, but here are some of the tips and tricks that have helped me succeed in naturopathic medical school.

Drink 16 ounces of water when you wake up
Your body endures 6-8 hours of no fluids simply because you are sleeping. Drinking at least 16 ounces of water when waking up is a great way to charge your internal organs and fire up your metabolism. Going for weight loss? This is a great way to flush out toxins and fill yourself up with a substance that has NO calories and is great for your body. If you don’t enjoy the taste of water alone, add lemon. The bitter taste will stimulate your gut and help flush toxins.

Give your brain some oxygen
Take some time in the morning to get your blood circulating. My way of getting that done is meditation. Breathwork could be added if you like . According to PsyPost, meditating for a short period of time has been shown to increase blood flow to the brain, increased attention, and assists in self-regulation. If mediation is not your cup of tea, then some morning yoga or a run is also a great way to help with getting blood to your brain. If you treat it your morning activity as something you want to do rather than need to do, you may experience a more meditative effect.

Schedule fun
Every day brings something new and unexpected. There are many aspects of life we might not have control over, but creating a short list of attainable goals for that day is a fantastic way to organize your day. If you’re like me, then crossing things off my list is an amazing morale booster and helps my sanity. Just adding 15-30 minutes of something that brings joy to you, you can increase your chances of handling what the day brings you. I incorporate at least 15 minutes of dancing somewhere in my morning routine to make me feel unstoppable.

Do something you love
We will always have more work to do and deadlines to meet. We deserve to spend at least a few moments a few times a day fully enjoying something that brings us joy. It could be brewing and drinking your coffee on your patio or playing with your dog. There are endless possibilities, but the point is to allow yourself to fully enjoy and be present with these moments. Taking 10 minutes out of your 1,440 minute day is not much but could really strengthen your sense of self-care and contentment.

There are a multitude of possibilities to help kick-start your day with an energized and authentic you. You can start off small and see where it takes you!

 

Author: Neha Kaushik

CHAPTER PRESIDENT, SOUTHWEST COLLEGE OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE

Neha is a third year student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. She went to college at Fairfield University in Connecticut where she received her degree in biochemistry and computer science. She has lived in Mississippi where she attained her masters in Science and did two years of osteopathic school. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Alabama- Birmingham. She is a founder of the non profit, One Life at a Time, and integrates naturopathic medicine throughout global medical camps. Her goal for this term is to encourage fellow students to be more proactive in Naturopathic medicine as it progresses and becomes better recognized.

 

Sources:

Killer morning habit: Drink 16oz of water, right after you wake up

https://www.psypost.org/2015/07/short-term-meditation-linked-to-increased-blood-flow-in-the-brain-increased-attention-and-better-self-regulation-35395

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2009/oct/10/change-your-life-habit-28-day-rule

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