5 healthy habits for a better morning | A Hint of Rose: 5 healthy habits for a better morning

12.3.16

5 healthy habits for a better morning

5 healthy habits for a better morning | A Hint of Rose 5 healthy habits for a better morning | A Hint of Rose

In one of my latest video, I was talking about the definition of minimalism, stop to always be in the rush and think about a thousand things at the same time. One of the reasons why we are stressed, well that's because we wake up like that! We get up at the last minute because we want to stay in bed as long as possible, because we are not motivated by the day ahead, or the week ahead. One way to solve this problem is to get early in the morning!

I know, I know, easier said than done, especially on Mondays! I confess myself, I hated Mondays for a long time and have been a fan of snoozing... But today I am proud to say that I have changed, and now I start the day more positive and motivated.

First of all, I just want to take the time to talk about the importance of having a morning routine. If most of the most successful business men and women get up early in the morning, it might be because it's best for us. From a psychological point of view, having a healthy morning routine can reduce stress and anxiety levels, you start your day more motivated and you'll be more efficient during the day. From a physical point of view, if you get up early, you'll have more energy and strength during the day, especially if you wake up earlier to work out. Finally, you'll have more time to prepare a good healthy breakfast that will give you a lot of energy!

As you can see, getting up early has a lot of beneficial effects at different levels! So, if the perspective of starting your day full of motivation and enthusiasm tempt you, here are a few tips that I hope will help you to see Mondays mornings (and mornings in general) in a different way.


1. DO NOT SNOOZE

It's so easy to snooze and stay in bed for ten more minutes... but ten minutes later, the alarm rings again and we do it again, just more ten minutes... until we realize that we are late and now we have to rush and run all over the place to prepare! I know this feeling, I've been there too. And what I noticed is that when I snoozed, I woke up more tired than if I didn't.

The most effective technique, in my opinion, is to simply put your phone at the other side of your room, so you'll have to actually get out of your bed to turn it off. Once you're up, the temptation to go back to sleep is less strong, and we can finally start the day.

2. MEDITATE

Meditation is the first thing I do when I wake up. Of course, you don't need to spend one hour to meditate, studies show that the most important is to be consistent. Even if you just spend 10 minutes to meditate, if you do it every day you'll see a difference. Practicing meditation regularly can significantly reduce your level of stress and anxiety. This also helps to see life in whole new way, more positive and full of gratitude, in fact it affects every aspects of your life.

Personally, I meditate for about 10 to 15 minutes every morning and I think it's the best way to start my day.

3. EXERCISE

I was talking about it earlier, the majority of the most successful people in the world wake up early; and believe me or not, they all do some kind of exercise in the morning! The ideal is to do it every day, to wake up your body, to drain the accumulated stress, to gain energy and in a more general way, to stay healthy.

Personally, I like to wake up my body gently by doing 15 to 20 minutes of yoga, then after that I do around 20 to 30 minutes of abs and a bit of cardio, and then I take a walk with my dog Darwin for about 20 minutes, just to breathe the fresh air. The day has just begun and I've done at least 1 hour of physical activity of moderate intensity.

4. VISUALIZE

Being organized is super important if you want to be effective and efficient. You can organize your day in the morning if you want, but I personally prefer to do it the night before. It allows me to not forget anything and not stress me thinking about what I need to do.

But remember, if you make a huge list of things to do, it can be unproductive. To be effective, you have to prioritize, so ask yourself "What are the three things I want to do tomorrow?", or "What do I want to accomplish tomorrow?". The number of tasks (3-5) can change, just find what's best for you.

Visualizing is essential for me to start my day. I follow the principle of the Five Minute Journal, for example, I write daily affirmations that describe the person I want to be, and I also write at least 3 things I feel grateful for. It really helps me to start the day on a positive note, it's like my "shot of motivation".

5. FIND INSPIRATION

The thing when you wake up early in the morning is that you finally have time! Time that you can use to learn and grow. For example, you can read a book, or watch inspiring videos. Personally, I like to watch YouTube videos or listen to podcasts when I eat my breakfast.

I hope these tips will help you to enjoy more your mornings. At first it's difficult, that's why I recommend going smoothly. Go at your own pace and find what's best for you. After a few weeks, you'll see mornings in a different way!

And you, do you have any tips to share? If so, please share them in the comments below, I'd love to try them.

Marjorie

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