Morning Rituals For a Better Day

Morning Rituals For a Better Day

How do you start your day? A lot of scientific research shows that what happens in the first few hours after you wake up will have a significant effect on the remainder of the day.

Whether or not you're bent on copying the efficient morning routines of the most famous people in the world, the important thing to remember is that you have a daily routine that fits better for you, based on how your mind and body perform. The options are infinite. These are 6 of our recommendations for you:

1. Wake up early.

Waking up early has its advantages. Early-risers are known to procrastinate less compared with people who stay up late at night. If you're grimacing, do this: Gradually work your way up by waking up 15 minutes earlier every day for one week, then 30 minutes earlier for the next week, and so on, until you get to that desired wake-up time.

2. Get in a quick workout.

A morning exercise routine is great for reducing stress since it lowers blood pressure. Many of the most successful entrepreneurs, exercise early to jump-start their day. Even if you hate to exercise, a short burst of fun cardio activity (think 10 to 15 minutes with a hula hoop, dancing, or taking a brisk walk with the dog) can be as effective as taking an antidepressant. Try yoga if you prefer, it helps you concentrate and oxygen the body and requires small space.

3. Journal.

While there are various types of journaling, the general idea is to spend quiet time processing your thoughts and feelings by writing them down in order to understand them more clearly. Keeping a journal can help you identify what's causing a particular stress or anxiety. Once you've identified your stressors, you can work on a plan to resolve the problems and, in turn, reduce stress. Keeping a journal is beneficial for people with eating disorders too as it helps them keep track of their diet and emotions as well as patterns and triggers that should be avoided.

4. Fast.

In other words, skip your breakfast. Why? Several research studies have found intermittent fasting to be just as reliable for weight loss as traditional diets. Other benefits of fasting include boosting the body's ability to fight off inflammation; improving blood pressure, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels; boosting brain function; and preventing neurodegenerative disorders. 16/8 intermittent fasting is one of the most popular styles of fasting. Proponents claim that it’s an easy, convenient and sustainable way to lose weight and improve overall health, it involves limiting consumption of foods and calorie-containing beverages to a set window of eight hours per day and abstaining from food for the remaining 16 hours.

5. Schedule your to-do list items.

Cal Newport, professor of computer science at Georgetown University and author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, says scheduling your to-do list helps you be more realistic about what you want to get done; otherwise, it's just a list of wishful thinking. To-do-lists provide clarity on what needs to get done, prioritizes your actions, assists with planning, and can make you feel more organized. Tips to keep up a to-do list are: keep it short, prioritize and your list should have 3 up to 5 tasks per day, no more.

6. Practice mindfulness.

A growing body of research in neuroscience suggests that mindfulness is one of the best-kept secrets to help manage anxiety, which you can do in just 5 to 15 minutes every morning. All you need to do is sit down and pay attention to the present moment -- without judgment -- focus on your breathing, and accept whatever thoughts and sensations you're experiencing. This technique helps to get you out of your head, think more clearly, and remove the bias from your brain. Meditation practice has been known to even make you smarter and improve your decision making.

Rituals Have MANY Advantages