Once you are up in the morning, take some time to say thank you for the life, strength, and light you have in your life. Say thank you for the food and for the miracle we call life. In case you find it difficult to say thank you, then you should definitely work on yourself.
It turns out that the habits people have in the morning, be it negative or positive, usually affect the way in which the rest of the day goes. So, when you develop and practice good habits in the morning and you stick to them, you should expect to enjoy good days every week and vice versa. Of course, practicing a regular good night’s sleep should be your top priority but this is just one element that contributes to your energy levels. Once you are awake, the first things you do are equally important as the quality of sleep.
This article is focused on six simple, yet extremely effective morning habits that will guarantee maximum positive energy and other advantages throughout the day.
1. Take some time to meditate
There is no doubt that meditation is an activity that has great positive impact on our mind condition. Numerous studies including the ones conducted at Harvard Medical School have shown that this practice shapes our brain and makes it more productive, efficient, mindful and positive.
Even though many people think that meditation is all about sitting quietly for half an hour, it’s not. For example, you can practice mindful breathing which requires taking deep breathes. You can also practice some other meditation-related things which won’t take you more than 10-15 minutes.
2. Stay away from your smartphone at least for a while
Many people look at their smartphone and connect to the Internet when they finally wake up. But, instead of wasting your time on this energy-draining activity, you can make and manage a journal that will include all your ambitions, objectives, goals and even your dreams. If you have dreamed of an interesting and possibly useful dream, write these things down.
Manage a journal like this and keep it close to the bed. Read parts of the content before bedtime. In this way, you will stay positive and energetic and forget about all the negativities that surround us.
3. Rely on visualization
Visualization provides similar positive effects like meditation. This is a practice that encourages people to create a mental image of their goals, desires or anything they want. Obviously, in this situation you will have to visualize your perfect day.
For instance, before going to work, imagine and visualize the route you are about to take, the communication with people, the things you’ll have to finish, the feeling you want to have and more. According to many experts, this is an excellent way to improve your productivity without causing stress to your body and mind.
4. Grab a warm drink
Now this is a more physical practice. You can choose any drink you want even though it would be a better idea to replace your traditional coffee with lukewarm lemon water or tea. This is especially true for lemon water because this natural beverage is able to speed up the metabolism, eliminate bacteria from the throat and mouth and make you feel energetic.
As you are drinking (any drink), think about the positive effects of that drink. This practice should maximize these effects.
5. Take care of your bed posture
If you want to be more energetic in the morning you must think about your bed posture too. A huge number of people feel tired even after a long period of sleeping. One of the reasons is that they don’t think about the way they get out of their bed in the morning.
It’s a good idea to create a practice in which you will set an upright body posture whenever you are getting out of it. So, just roll over on the right side of the body and push upwards into a straight sitting position. Carefully rotate the body, put the feet flat on the ground and stand up slowly. Keep the back straight.
In this way, you will eliminate the stress you are causing to the back, heart and your mind.
6. Have a balanced, high-quality breakfast
We have all heard the saying that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The food we eat in the morning will as a fuel. Our body uses these nutrients to enhance the mood, energy, and productiveness.
Additionally, there are many simple and easy recipes that you can prepare found on the Internet. In case you don’t have much time, feel free to use your microwave to prepare oatmeal or fry one organic egg or enjoy a small whole-grain toast with butter.
Just like in the case of the warm drink practice, follow a healthy diet which includes a breakfast prepared with gratitude in mind.