When you are able to start your day off right, the rest of the pieces of your day fall into place. Making these five, relatively small tasks, a priority, every day, consistently will bring long lasting results.
Many thanks to Burt’s Bees for sponsoring this post! They have created an innovative product that provides all the protein we want and need to start our day out right, with 70% organic, and all plant based ingredients. They added vitamin extracts as well as whole fruits and veggies to make this an extra nutritious shake! It contains no artificial sweeteners or any of the major food allergens!!
Must Do Morning Tricks
Drink a Glass of Plain Water
Seriously, the first thing you do every morning. Grab a glass of room temperature water and drink it in a solid gulp. There are health reasons for drinking water every morning, but my ultimate reasons are vanity! After sleeping all night all the fine lines in my face are more evident. By immediately hydrating every morning I began to notice that my “bed face” was disappearing! Seriously, try it for a week! Your eyes will recover from the puffy under eyes, if you are prone to headaches (as I was) drinking water will help keep them at bay. Starting your day with water is such a simple change that makes a huge impact!
Who else looks at complicated or lengthy exercise programs and tries them for one day, but has a hard time making them a consistent daily routine? I kept telling myself that I didn’t have time for a full 30 minute work out. I didn’t have time to make it to the gym, I would do it “tomorrow”. I am not the only one right? Someone reminded me that 15 minutes is only 1% of your day, ONLY 1%! We can each devote 1% of the day minimum to exercise, right?
Do it. Set the timer. Just 15 minutes will help energize you for the whole day!
This is totally doable. And small changes, made consistently over time, lead to big results.
Make Your List
Making a list helps put me into the mindset of what I need to accomplish in my day. It is so easy to become overwhelmed and distracted by all the things that come up in the day! I set aside two five minute “times” each day to make my “lists”. One slot is at bedtime, when I brain dump all the things that are left undone. This has been super helpful. Have any of you struggled going to sleep because all the things that you need to do, or that are worrying you are taking up your brain-space, and you can’t go to sleep? Writing them down gets them out, and gives me mental permission to forget about them until the next day.
In the morning, I devote another five minutes looking over the list from the night before. I make my list of things that I need to get done and number them in priority. List making truly helps me focus my time!
Make My Shake
If you are like me, and mornings are a bit of a rush (and I am trying to curb the calories I eat), I love to brew a cup of coffee and mix a scoopful of chocolate protein shake into my morning jolt. You can make this protein shake with just water, and it’s good… BUT… I like a little bit of chocolate syrup in my coffee and even though I drink decaf there is something about the taste and smell of coffee that just makes my morning! Instead of adding chocolate syrup and creamer to my coffee I have replaced these with a couple spoonfuls of this shake! Loving it! This breakfast takes seconds to make, tastes terrific AND is packed full of nutrients!
Seriously, the Burt’s Bees Protien shakes come in multiple flavors (I enjoy the chocolate one!). Each includes five organic protein sources: Pea, Rice, Flax Seed, Sunflower Seed and Oat. Easy to digest, I love knowing that my coffee now contains the complete essential amino acid profile AND includes vitamins from real fruits and vegetables to provide up to 25% of my recommended daily intake (or daily value). Totally awesome!
Note: I don’t think this is intended to be a meal replacement, but for me as someone who has ALWAYS skipped breakfast, having something flavor my coffee, that is jam-packed with nutrition is the perfect way to start a day!
Snuggle and Charge for the Day.
We spend five minutes every night and morning with some one-on-one time snuggling with each of our kids. I am so thrilled that even my middle-school-aged-kiddo tells me that this is his favorite time of the day. Start and end each day with a hug and some moments where you connect with that is the most important to you – your family.
I tell my kiddos what I love about them, the things they do that make me proud, and the hopes I have for them with their day. This five minute “start” to our day doesn’t just make their day great, it reminds me of the “why” in my life, and reminds me why I am working hard. When I am in the drudgery of the day, stuck in errands or trying to meet a deadline… I look back to this. This is why! Don’t skip your morning snuggles!
What are Your Morning Tips?
Many thanks to Burt’s Bees for reminding me that mornings are important – and for their protein shakes which are helping me add just a little more health and nutrition to my day! Join the conversation and tell me what things you do to make your mornings make your day. To learn more about the product line, check out: Burts Bees Facebook Page, follow Burts Bees on Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine.