BY: Dr. Sagnik Mukherjee (MBBS; MD; MIPS; MIAPP)
The early hours of the morning can set the tone for the entire day. Starting with practices of self-love and self-care can energize and center you, ensuring you approach the day with positivity and resilience. Here’s a guide from our expert neuropsychiatrist on how to infuse the start of your day with healthy morning habits and practices that nurture and rejuvenate both your body and soul.
1. Start with Gratitude
Before you even leave your bed, take a few moments to reflect on something you’re grateful for. Gratitude can shift your mindset from one of scarcity or stress to one of abundance and appreciation.
2. Mindful Morning Routine
Instead of rushing through your morning rituals, try doing them mindfully. Whether you’re brushing your teeth, showering, or dressing up, be present in the moment. Enjoy the sensation, appreciate the routine, and set intentions for the day.
3. Nourishing Breakfast
Fuel your body with a nutritious and healthy breakfast. Start the day right. Opt for whole foods, fresh fruit, proteins, and grains that release energy slowly, ensuring you remain full and energized for longer.
Begin your day by drinking a glass of water. Hydration is vital for physical health, cognition, and mood regulation.
5. Movement Ritual
Whether it’s stretching, yoga, a morning walk, or a full workout session, incorporating some form of physical activity can release endorphins, reduce stress, and improve physical health.
6. Meditation or Deep Breathing
Take a few minutes to meditate or practice deep breathing. This centers your mind, reduces stress, and can enhance clarity and focus for the day ahead.
7. Positive Affirmations
Feed your mind with positive self-talk. Affirmations like “I am enough,” “Today will be a great day,” or “I am capable of handling any challenges” can frame your day in a positive light.
8. Digital Detox
Instead of reaching for your phone first thing in the morning, consider keeping it off for the first 30 minutes or hour. This gives you time to connect with yourself before facing the digital world.
9. Personal Hygiene and Grooming Rituals
Taking care of your body is a form of self-love. Indulge in a skincare routine, groom yourself, and wear clothes that make you feel good.
10. Prioritize and Set Boundaries
Set your goals for the day and establish boundaries. Know what you aim to achieve and be clear on what you won’t tolerate, be it negativity, overextending yourself, or any form of disrespect.
11. Engage in a Passion Project
If possible, spend a few minutes doing something you love, whether it’s reading, drawing, playing an instrument, or writing in a journal.
12. Sleep Well
Finally, make sure you go to bed on time. Do not stay up late in the night. Ensuring your body gets enough hours of sleep is an important healthy habit you should cultivate.
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Jumpstarting your day with self-love and self-care is like giving a gift to yourself every morning. It’s a reminder that you are worthy of love, respect, and care, and it provides the tools to tackle the day’s challenges with resilience and grace. So, set that alarm a little earlier and make time for yourself; the rewards are immeasurable.
Dr. Sagnik Mukherjee, a distinguished Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the field of mental health. With an academic background that includes an MBBS from Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, and an MD from SVS Medical College, Hyderabad, he has garnered recognition as one of Kolkata’s leading mental health professionals. Dr. Mukherjee’s illustrious career has seen him contribute his skills and knowledge to esteemed institutions such as Chittaranjan Hospital, SVS Medical College & Hospital Hyderabad, KPC Medical College, and Iris Hospital. Currently, he serves as a consultant at the Mental Health Research Centre in Kolkata, located within the Marwari Relief Society Hospital, Bara Bazar. His areas of specialization encompass Child and adolescent psychiatry, de-addiction, schizophrenia, depression, and various types of anxiety disorders. Dr. Sagnik Mukherjee’s commitment to the field is underscored by his active participation in numerous international and national seminars on Psychiatry and mental health. His dedication and expertise make him a highly respected figure in the realm of mental health care in Kolkata.