Self-care Week: Are you getting the best start to your day?
Tuesday, 17 November · 2 min read

When life gets busy, it’s easy to neglect your own health and wellbeing. But taking care of yourself is important — and eating well is one of the best ways to do it.

In yesterday’s Daily Drop-In we asked: What did you have for breakfast this morning and how much water did you drink? Your answer reveals a lot about how much you prioritise this part of your daily routine.

Eating a balanced breakfast each morning is important to:

  • give you energy
  • control your blood sugar levels
  • give you vitamins and minerals you need
  • reduce your risk of gaining weight
  • improve your focus and concentrate at work

And there are many combinations of food that can help you meet this need, depending on what you like to eat. A balanced breakfast could include:

  • wholegrain bread — for fibre and energy
  • eggs or nuts — for protein
  • fruit and vegetables — for fibre, vitamins and minerals
  • lower-fat dairy or dairy alternatives, such as plain yoghurt or soy milk — for protein, calcium and other vitamins

One way to include fruit and vegetables is in a smoothie or on wholegrain cereal.

The UK’s National Health Service also recommends drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day, so make sure you have a glass of water or other sugar-free drink with your breakfast.

If you don't already make time for breakfast in this way, why not start tomorrow? Then ask yourself if you feel better for having done so, or feel better prepared to face the day ahead?

Do the same the next day, and the next to see if it becomes a habit that sticks.

Quote of the day

Taking care of myself doesn’t mean ‘me first.’ It means 'me, too'.

L.R. Knost, author

How to fit breakfast into your daily routine