If you don’t have ten spare minutes to work on yourself every morning, then you don’t have a life.Tony Robbins
What do Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and Tim Ferriss have in common? They each have there own morning rituals. We all know, how you feel and what you do when you wake up and start your morning routine can dictate how the rest of your day goes.
It helps them jumpstart there day. A moment to pause and reflect on their actions, plans. Schedule a day instead of facing what comes at them.
A nice morning ritual should focus on the brain, body, and soul. There are lots of things you can do and make your own morning ritual.
Here are a few things you can do in your morning:-
Making your Bed
To change the world, start by making ur bed.Admiral William McRaven, Navy Seal
Admiral William McRaven, Tim Ferris, and many other successful people do it. It gives you a sense of pride that you have accomplished the first task of the day without fail. It builds a momentum to do another task.
It gives you a productive start. By achieving this easy task, we set ourselves up to tackle many other tasks during the day.
You will start to realize how much small things matter.
You have to exercise, or at some point, you’ll just break down.Barack Obama
According to the Huffington Post, if you work out in the morning, you’ll have better mental clarity for 4 to 10 hours. It helps you relieve stress. Some studies suggest that it a better way to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s. Exercise also releases certain chemicals in the brain like serotonin, norepinephrine, endorphins, dopamine that dulls pain, lighten the mood.
You will feel energized throughout the day. You don’t have to do always do half-hour workout if you are in a hurry. You can do is 10 push-ups, 10 jumping jacks just to get the blood pumping.
When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.Unknown
Meditation is like a workout for your brain. It helps you to connect to yourself inwards. It increases self-awareness.
According to neuroscience research, meditation or mindfulness practices dampen activity in our amygdala and increase the connections between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex. Both of the parts of the brain help us to recover better from stress when we experience it.
There is a lot of apps that may help you if you are new to meditation but my personal favorite is Headspace. There are lots of varieties of meditation too. My suggestion, experiments and find whats suit you best.
Without deep reflection, one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.Albert Einstein
After exercise and meditation take my bottle of water and just think about what I want to achieve today. Will that task help me in the long run? (When you first wake up if you drink 3-4 glasses or 500ml it not only helps with curing dehydration but also gives you an energy boost.)
There are a few questions I ask myself:-
- How will I live, knowing I will die?
- If today was the last day of my life, would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?
- Are you going towards your aim/goal?
- If not now, then when?
Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.Jen Williamson
Journaling helps keep your brain in tip-top shape. Not only does it boost memory and comprehension it also increases working memory. In fact, a study showed that expressive writing (like journaling) for only 15 to 20 minutes a day three to five times over the course of a four-month period was enough to lower blood pressure.
If you are busy you can try is this 5-minute journal. Here is a list of questions in 5 minutes journal.
- I am grateful for… (3 things you are grateful for)
- What would make today great?
- Daily three affirmations. I am
- 3 amazing things that happened today?
- How could I made today better?
The last you questions are used answered at night and first three at morning.
Bonus tip:- Don’t use your mobile
Smartphones make a good servant, but a bad master.Unknown
You know you are alcoholic when you wake up and the first thing you wanna do is drink, same is with the phone addiction.
Studies show that almost 80% of people use there phone first thing in the morning and the last thing in the night. This is how much we are connected to them than ourselves. Imagine you wake up in the morning would you let 100 people walk into your bedroom first thing?
I am guessing not.
By using our mobile phones we are letting 100 people walk through our mind through notifications, messages.
We are expecting our brain to go from lying around to running 5 miles per hour to process all this information. Just try to use your phone after you have done your morning ritual.
It is the personal thing I stopped doing and trust me it will help your mental health in the long run.
There are lots of other things like reading books, focusing on gratitude, hearing something motivational or podcast, hearing uplifting music, breakfasts.
Whatever research you do just remember one thing ritual is for you, you are not for ritual. Some day you may miss it, just don’t feel guilty for that or blame yourself for that. For me, if I try to do at least 3 things from five.
What does your morning routine consist of? Let me know in the comment section. I would love to try it and follow my blog for more posts like this.