Jan . 2016

Start your day full of physical and mental energy

07.January.2016 Antoine Akl tags: tips , Stress , Health & Wellness

Mornings are short. You are always preoccupied with getting ready to go to work and have the kids ready for school. And you can always make mistakes that can harm your physical and mental health.


Starting your day in a healthy way is essential to guarantee a great physical and mental performance throughout the day. That is why you must avoid these morning mistakes:


Checking your e-mail as soon as you wake up

Reading your e-mail can cause you stress and anxiety, especially if you have a lot of unread e-mails. In addition to starting your day negatively, replying to your e-mails when you wake up can increase the probability of making typing mistakes. It is recommended to check e-mails when you arrive to the office.


Postponing exercising

The best time to exercise is during the day because unexpected events, working late and important meetings can occur in the evening which makes it hard to exercise. Therefore, exercise in the morning, even if you do not have enough time, you can do a part of your exercises for ten or fifteen minutes.


Taking a hot bath

Taking a hot bath after waking up can be great, however hot water will make you feel sleepy because muscles will relax and the heart beat will slow down. That is why it is better to take a cold and fast shower in the morning, which contributes to the secretion of Adrenaline that enhances your energy, and Endorphin that improves your mood.


Having a breakfast high on carbohydrates

Studies have shown that having a breakfast high on refined carbohydrates, such as pastry made with white flour, will increase your body’s desire to eat more of these carbohydrates full of calories. It is better to replace carbohydrates with 20 grams of protein, which is equivalent to the protein in two eggs, because proteins give you a feeling of fullness for a longer time.


Brushing your teeth immediately after eating

Brushing your teeth immediately after having breakfast will lead to the erosion of the tooth enamel, especially if the breakfast was of a high acidity such as coffee and fruits. Therefore, it is recommended to brush your teeth after waking up and before having breakfast and to drink a cup of water after eating that can clean your mouth. If you insist on brushing your teeth, wait for at least half an hour after eating.