Getting eight hours of sleep is crucial to wellbeing. The body gets its optimum mental repair between 2am and 6am, so I try not to wake before this point. I’m also pragmatic in my approach to waking: if I’ve had a late night due to work, studying or socialising, I’ll try to balance what time I set my alarm to ensure I’m always inside the eight-hour window. My other rule is that my waking time doesn’t fluctuate too much – studies show this should be roughly the same time, give or take an hour or so, for optimum health.
Mornings are a good opportunity to mentally reset. If I’m having a stressful week, I’ll start the day listening to a recording from my spiritual mentor. If not, I’ll tune into Classic FM or BBC News to listen to the headlines. I like to be informed but not inundated.
A pre-breakfast walk is non-negotiable. Even if it’s just ten minutes, a walk helps clear my head. If I’m weight training, I’ll wait at least two hours after waking, as this is one of the optimal times to train. I’ll then come home to breakfast, which is always high fat, high protein. My go-to dish is five or six poached eggs (always free-range and organic), along with some walnuts and avocado. This is always followed with lots of water and a peppermint tea. I’ll have a coffee later in the morning prior to hitting the gym.
High-dose supplements keep me firing on all cylinders. I take a high dose of supplements, including vitamin D3 (which is vital for immunity during the winter months), zinc, vitamin B and various other botanicals, as well as 20g of omega 3.
A to-do list sets me on the straight and narrow. Every evening, I draw up a task list, which helps me to focus quicker on the day. It can be a cathartic way of keeping all my thoughts and tasks in one place and makes busy mornings that little bit easier.
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