Small Changes = Big Results: The Morning

Excited to start this series?  Me too!  I plan on implementing a few new changes myself as we go along, so I’ll be sure to report on my findings and I’d love for you to do so also either in the comments or on my Facebook page.  We can keep each other accountable!

How do you greet each day?  Do you wake up late, frazzled and feeling behind before you even get out of bed?  Or do you wake up excited and eager to start the day?


Much of how you feel when you wake up depends upon what you did the night before (and we’ll get to that at the end of this series), but regardless of how you feel when you open your eyes in the morning, there are several small changes you can make in the morning to automatically improve your health and wellness – which in the long run will create some of those big results we are looking for!

Small changes suggestions for the morning:

  1. Hydrate.  You’ve just spent (ideally) 7 to 8 hours without any food or liquid.  Your body is crying out for hydration.  Most of us automatically reach for a cup of coffee right away, and although I do love my coffee, it’s important to FIRST hydrate your body.  So, before you do anything else, drink a full glass of water – cold with a drop of lemon oil is wonderful in the summer, or hot with half a lemon and cayenne pepper is comforting in the winter.  Either one will get your liver started working, and hydrate your body.
  2. Stretch.  Many of us (myself included) wake up feeling stiff.  A few minutes of stretching will help with this immensely – and over time will improve your muscle tone and flexibility.  As soon as you roll out of bed, do a few sun salutations or simple stretches.  The short-term benefits may not seem exciting, but long-term your body will thank you!
  3. Think good thoughts.  If you find yourself waking up feeling stressed, depressed or just exhausted thinking about what the day has in store for you, challenge yourself to stop worrying and think of three things to be grateful for or excited about BEFORE you get out of bed.  Make this a habit and you’ll begin waking up feeling positive instead of being a negative Nellie!

So which small change are YOU going to make?  I’m going to commit to stretching every day.  I already do a good job of exercising in the mornings (which I didn’t include, because it’s not typically a small change), but I do neglect the stretching  – and my body can FEEL it.  I’ll report back at the end of the series how successful I was and the results I enjoyed from this small change.

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