It is day 14 of my blog challenge and it appears I am behind again. Ah well, life will go on. And this blog will be moving forward with the topic of my 3 healthy habits.
My first healthy habit is something I do to start my day every morning: drink a glass of warm lemon water. I started doing this at the beginning of this year. I have always cherished my morning rituals and this has become one of the ones I never leave out. All you have to do is squeeze the juice of half a lemon into your glass, then add half hot water and half cold water. If you want you can add some honey of ginger to spice things up. Drinking a glass of warm lemon water has really done wonders for me and I see the benefits of it everyday. Here are a few:
- aids in digestion
- cleanses your system/ a minor detox
- boosts you immune system
- helps to balance pH levels
- aids in weight loss
- clears skin
My second healthy habit is also a morning activity. I run a 5K three times a week in the morning. I have always been a fan of running. For me it acts like a major stress reliever and a time to be by myself and think about the things that are worrying me and making me angry or frustrated, and then how to make it better for myself. I also love the feeling of physical exhaustion, that sense of achievement when you finish and you heart is pounding and you have got a good sweat going. The benefits of a morning jog are awesome! Even if you only have 20 minutes to spare it is better than not going at all, and trust me you will be so happy you went (even if its raining… like today).
My third healthy habit is more of a mental health than a physical health habit. Every morning after my warm lemon water and my jog I sit down for a few minutes and reflect on what I am grateful for. This simple act can change your mood and thought pattern completely. Several times I have woken up angry or upset or homesick to the point where my run almost had no impact on my emotional state, but then I sat down and I wrote the 5 things I was grateful for and my mood took a turn for the better. It is hard being away from the people you love most in the world, especially when you are having a bad day, but pausing for a moment and just taking into consideration all the beautiful people and places around you can really give you that positive push you needed.
I do realise all 3 of my habits are morning activities, but that doesn’t mean it is all down hill from there. On the contrary, I believe that if you start your day off with the right mind set you will be able to handle what ever problems that come your way and you will strive to find the silver linings rather than wallowing in self pity and negative thinking.
I am very interested in hearing what your healthy habits are! Why not drop a line??