- Wake up early
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”. Benjamin Franklin
Waking up early in the morning is not an easy thing for me but it’s worth making an effort to build that new habit. I am a kind of person who needs some time to prepare for the day ahead rather than rushing myself to go to work because of waking up late. Waking up about 2 hour earlier before going to work enables me to have more time to do some essential things such as doing exercise, meditation, writing gratitude journal or having breakfast. And therefore, it makes me feel ready for the challenges during the day ahead.
2. Drink a glass of water
Well, you may know that water is very important for your body because about 70% of the body is made up of water. Water plays a key role in making sure that your body is functioning correctly. Drink a glass of water right after waking up is a way to flush your bowels and remove toxins from the body. Besides, water is essential for the fluid balance in your body. When you drink water on an empty stomach, it will boost your immune system, and therefore, it helps you prevent from diseases and have a healthier life.
Mediation is a means of transforming the mind, and morning is the good time to do it. Mediation practices develop concentration, knowledge of self, and a calm seeing of the true nature of things. Meditation enables us to listen to our inner voice and have a deeper understanding of our inner self. In addition, clearing the mind through 10-15 minute mediation in the morning gives you a sense of inner peace and makes the rest of your day more productive.
4. Be thankful
In North America, people have a day to express their gratitude- Thanksgiving Day. I don’t know if the other countries have the same day, but I do believe this: every day can be a magical day if we practice and express our gratitude for everything happening in our life. Studies have shown that gratitude makes us happier, reduces materialism, enhances spiritualism, and increases our self-esteem.
Visualization is a simple but powerful practice. When you close your eyes and visualize how you want your day to unfold, it will give you directions as you go through your day. One interesting thing about the mind is that it finds difficult to distinguish between imagination and reality. When you visualize your goals, it will give the same feelings as you’ve already completed them. Thus, it will enhance motivation and positive thoughts to help you accomplish your goals in the real life. Also, visualization allows you to reduce all the negative emotion, and instead, pay more attention on the things you want. The more detailed your visualization, the closer your goals will appear to you.
6. Do exercise
I think many of us know the benefits of working out regularly, especially in the morning, but just a few people can get out of their beds and go out to do exercise. Doing exercise regularly helps to ensure a healthy body and healthy brain. Moreover, many studies suggests that working out can help the body release dopamine, which is a chemical playing a key role in happiness. So? Pick up your running shoes or yoga mats and start your day with doing exercise.
7. Write a to-do-list
By jotting down all the things needed get done throughout the day, it reminds you the most important things and also helps you to focus your time and energy on your priorities. Besides, using a to-do-list enables you to track your progress and mark off the tasks you have completed. At the end of the day, when you look at your list, it will give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
8. Listen to some motivational songs
Listening to some inspirational songs or videos is one of the best ways to improve your mood and helps you be ready for the challenges of the day.
9. Have a good breakfast
The old saying: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” Breakfast provides the body and the brain with fuel after a long night of sleeping. Having a good breakfast provides you enough energy to get started and keep you functioning till lunch.
Make each day your masterpiece 😀