Did you feel energized today? Many people wake up in the morning puffy, swollen, bloated, and tired. It makes it hard to start their day on a positive note. Thinking about sustainability and being eco-conscious is hard when you’re barely conscious at all in the morning. Stress and the long-hours at our desks as a freelance creative copywriter are surely taking their toll on your health, but some bad habits are to blame too. This ends up in a vicious circle of fatigue and repeating the same mistakes all over again. But it takes only a few easy steps to transform your sluggish morning routine into an energising and mood-boosting ritual.
Be Water Wise
The odds are that while you’re sleepily brushing your teeth or waiting for the water to warm up before you take a shower, you’re carelessly wasting gallons of water. Recent statistics say that the average U.S. family goes through more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. All that water has to be paid for, and what’s even more important it’s an act of squandering water.
The negligence towards this precious resource can have some unimaginable consequences such as shortages of fresh water in the future. When it comes to your morning hygiene, a 5-minute shower is enough to freshen you up and reinvigorate you, while using slightly more cooling water is better for your health, not to mention for the planet.
Eat A Healthy Breakfast
Lots of people would readily exclaim “Well, I do!” upon hearing this suggestion. The truth is, they most certainly don’t. If you have your favourite low-carb, high-fibre cereal or granola bars for breakfast, it’s very likely that they’re packed with smartly-disguised sugar. Manufacturers have found ways to smuggle lots of sugar into seemingly healthy products.
Instead of opting for processed foods, such as dairy products, lunch meat, or ready-to-eat meals, go organic. This doesn’t mean that you’ll have to spend hours preparing your food. Certain vegetables, such as spinach or broccoli, are best used fresh. So, to get the most nutritional benefits, throw them into a blender and make a delicious, green smoothie. You’d be surprised how easy it is to grow your cherry tomatoes, strawberries, or carrots, and always have fresh and healthy fruits and veggies to give you an energy boost in the morning.
Walk Or Cycle To Work
Not only will a brisk walk or bike ride to work help you arrive there alert and ready to kick-start your day, but it will also be highly beneficial for your body and mind. Physical activity will lower your blood pressure and keep you fit. Ironically, many people complain that they don’t have enough time to exercise, but still every morning they jump into their cars or public transportation to get to work, thus missing out on an excellent opportunity to do something good for their overall well-being.
By leaving your car in the garage, you’ll also make your small contribution towards the reduction of vehicle emissions, which are one of the main culprits behind 53,000 premature deaths a year in the U.S. according to an MIT study.
Use Organic Personal Care Products
If you take a look at the labels of your expensive personal hygiene products and make-up. You’ll find out that you have no idea what you put on your skin. Even worse, you’ll recognise specific ingredients that most definitely don’t belong in your shampoo or hair gel, such as formaldehyde.
Instead of trying to decipher what’s in your skincare, turn to green skincare products. It’s best to purchase such products by small batch beauty brands, as you can be sure that they’re fresh, and with no preservatives or chemicals harmful to your health and the environment.
Once you settle into this new, energising morning routine, you’ll see your fatigue disappear.
Author: Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover and a food enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to some publications including How to Simplify, Whytt Magazine, Eco Warrior Princess and Carousel. You can find out more about her writing by following her on Facebook + Twitter.