There is definitely a reason for the saying, “I woke up on the wrong side of the bed,” or the probably more frequently asked question, “Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed?!”
Who you are and what you do in the mornings, influences your whole day. Using this fact to your advantage is a game-changer! So, here is how to program your mind and body to not only have a good morning but a great day.
What’s On Your Mind?
Quick question: What are you thinking about right now? And what are your habitual, go-to thoughts in the morning? The content of your recently-awakened brain sets the tone for the day, so why not ensure that it’s serving you.
Your Night Sets your Morning
Before going to bed the night before, write out a plan for your morning. This is not an opportunity to begin re-stressing. Instead, having a plan means that you need less willpower. There are no other options, so you don’t need to make a decision about whether to hit snooze (again) or whether the gym is really a necessity. It’s on the list, so yes it is.
Even If Its Only One
As Robin Sharma, author of the 5 am Club says, “Goals breathe life and energy into your days.” Start your day with an inspiring, motivating goal. Why are you out of bed? How can you make this day meaningful to you? What will make you feel productive today? Even if it’s achieving just the one thing, what would that be? How can you live an inspirational day?
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How to build your Self Awareness Daily
There are numerous benefits of meditation. The list includes everything from greater self-awareness to improved immunity and cardiovascular health. As Harvard Health states, “meditation can actually reverse the physiological signs of stress.”
Find a few minutes in the morning to just check in with yourself. Not only will it reduce stress and better your health, but meditation gives you a chance to be present with yourself. You are yourself before you are the roles which you play in your family, social circles and work. You are worth a few moments.
How’s Your Body Feeling?
How you treat your body in the morning can drastically change how you function throughout the day. Move!
Harvard Health says that exercise creates “remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your spirits.” If you’re a regular morning gym-goer, you may very well agree.
Morning exercise is also a chance for you to once again check in with yourself. How is your body feeling? Are you treating it well? What is one thing you can do to treat it better today?
Coffee, but not too Early.
Yes, apparently there is such a thing as the perfect time to have coffee. It is not from 8 am to 9 am when you have a natural cortisol peak, but rather a little later – around 9.30am to 11.30am. Experts explain that by drinking coffee when your cortisol levels are high, may “develop a tolerance,” which means you need more and more coffee to feel the buzz. Wake up naturally and save the coffee for your mid-morning or mid-afternoon slump.
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