Morning Routine for a Happy Day from Jumby Bay Island

11 May 2020

There is no question that the teams at Jumby Bay Island know a thing or two about how to create happiness. Karen, the island resort’s Spa Director, shares her top tips for how to start every day with a sunny disposition.

“Little morning rituals are very effective for creating structure, especially during uncertain times. Here are my morning tips to put a smile on your face for the entire day,” says Karen.

1. Wake up gently

“Try not to hit the snooze button. Instead, take a moment in bed to become present and aware of your breathing, opening your eyes slowly.”

2. Stretch before getting out of bed

“Stretching gently before jumping out of bed is a good way to wake up your muscles and encourage circulation after sleep.”

3. Drink a glass of water

“Water should be the first ‘hello’ for your digestive tract. Make sure it is room temperature and for an extra boost, add about 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice.”

4. Make a special breakfast

“For a strong start to the day, make yourself a protein-rich breakfast. I recommend eggs and smoked salmon or yogurt with fresh berries and granola.”

5. Do at least 15 mins of exercise

“It doesn’t take a lot. Just 15-30 minutes of movement, whether it’s yoga, walking, cycling or running gives you an energy boost that lasts throughout the morning.”

6. Make a to-do list

“One of my favourite practices is to visualize my day and the positive steps that I will take to accomplish the day’s goals. It can be done mentally, but I like to jot notes down in a journal that I keep on my desk in my home office.”

7. Let in the light and tackle the day

“Open up the curtains or blinds and let the light in to your space for a dose of mood boosting vitamin D. You may not be in sunny Antigua like I am, but even lighting a scented candle and keeping it next to you while you hit those emails or work on household chores will give you a sense of calm, and do wonders for your mood in any weather.”

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