Nutritionist reveals the EXACT five step morning routine she follows for a stress-free day – and it’s easier than you think
- Holistic health expert Jessica Sepel reveals how she starts every single day
- The nutritionist believes in a structured morning routine to keep stress at bay
- She swears by the benefits of staying away from social media and eating well
- Other tips include a gratitude practice on waking and taking a range of vitamins
Nutritionist Jessica Sepel has revealed what she does each morning to make sure she’s able to take on the day stress-free.
The holistic nutritionist, from Sydney, wakes at 6.30am and adheres to a five-step plan, one that includes exercise, mediation and thinking of one thing she is grateful for per day.
While it sounds busy, research has shown those with a regular routine are more likely to feel calm and in control throughout the day.
‘I’m then ready to begin my workday at around 9am feeling energised, nourished and focused,’ Jessica said.
Sydney-based nutritionist and holistic health expert Jessica Sepel (pictured) has revealed her go-to morning routine
1. Morning gratitude practice
One of the first things Jessica does each morning without fail is to take stock of everything she is grateful for.
She said cultivating gratitude for her life is a simple as taking a few moments to focus her mind on the things she is thankful for.
On top of this, Jessica will take time to do a meditation from her JSHealth app as well as contemplate what she wants for her future.
‘I also visualise some of my dreams and goals. I’m a big believer in the power of manifestation,’ she said.
Jessica said ahead of anything else she takes time each morning to list the many things she is grateful for in her life
2. Stay off social media
Jessica’s number one rule in the mornings is to stay off all social media until she is in the office.
She said this is non-negotiable as hitting herself first thing with feeds from Instagram and Facebook raises cortisol levels which leads to stress.
‘This rule has changed my life. I actually keep my phone in another area of the house and delete social apps the night before until I start my day,’ Jessica said.
Making time for some movement each morning is a must, however, what Jessica chooses to do depends on how she feels
3. Make time for gentle movement
One thing Jessica said helps set her up for a great day is incorporating some gentle movement into her morning.
She said she aims for 20 minutes daily and this can be either yoga, HIIT or a walk – depending on what she needs on the day.
‘I tune into my body and listen to what it feels like. Some days I just rest or sit outside in the morning sunshine,’ she said.
After her morning workout is complete, she aims for 10 minutes of belly breathing and mindful meditation.
Jessica starts every day with a healthy breakfast and makes sure what she chooses to eat keeps her full and gives her plenty of energy
What three things can you do to help yourself get out of bed earlier?
1. Drink water
Before you go to bed, leave a glass of water or water bottle out on your nightstand for the next morning.
When you wake up, drink water to help your body get hydrated, plus it helps kick your body’s metabolism into gear.
2. Place your alarm clock strategically
When your alarm clock is right next to you, within an arm’s length, whether it’s a phone or an actual clock, makes it easy to just tap it to snooze.
So, place the device further away from your bad, so that when your alarm goes off, you can’t just reach over and tap it. Instead, you’re actually forced to get up, get out of bed and turn it off.
3. Open the blinds
Seeing the sun peek through your windows in the morning can be frustrating and annoying, but it’s a simple way to alert you that it’s time to get up.
Before going to bed, open up your blinds so that by the time you wake up in the morning, the sunrise is bursting through your windows.
Source: Coveteur and the National Sleep Foundation
Including a supplement each morning helps keep Jessica in top form
4. A healthy and nourishing breakfast
Jessica stands by the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast.
She said she will choose to make something from her recipe collection with the only stipulation it be filling and give her plenty of energy for the day ahead.
5. Vitamins and supplements
The health expert also adds supplements to her diet as a matter of course.
She said her vitamin range, JSHealth Vitamins AM formula, helps with regulating her nervous system, assists with energy and comes packed with immune-system boosting anti-oxidants.
‘It truly is the multivitamin I have always dreamt of!’ She said.