What do Arianna Huffington, Indra Nooyi and Oprah have in common? Apart from the fact they are amazing entrepreneurs with super human creative powers, they all share a daily routine system they established for themselves. Setting morning routines could be a complete life changer. You will learn patience and discipline, both very important factors in success. As with everything good in life, the first few steps are the hardest, so don’t get discouraged if you want to quit your newly established routine after a week or so and fall back into your old ways. This is your right side of the brain telling you to go back to what is comfortable and nice. But remember that your conscious directs your unconscious and it is here habits are formed. So give yourself at least three weeks of following the same practices. Soon enough your brain will register it as the new way of doing things and waking up early for that yoga session will feel like normal.
And whilst you don’t necessarily have to wake up at 4 am like Indra does, it certainly would help to commit yourself to a certain routine. This will instill patience and discipline, which are both important factors in success. Here’s a list of habits that will no doubt improve your life.
1. SIP IT
The first thing you should do every morning is to reach out for a glass of water; during the night your body gets dehydrated so before you do anything, grab that glass and down it. To make it more interesting, I’d like to share with you the secret that I have recently discovered about apple cider vinegar. Although it doesn’t taste very nice, it has so many health benefits. Since using it, I feel more energized and alert, and I’ve also noticed a slight appetite decrease. Adding cayenne pepper to the mix will speed up your metabolism and give it that extra boost you need for the day so that you burn all those calories extra fast.
2. STRETCH IT OUT
Regardless if you are a morning person or not, there is really no excuse when it comes to exercising as soon as you get up. You don’t have to run 10km when you jump out of your bed or start power-lifting, but you do need to move your body and get active asap. Your limbs have been stuck in the same position for the last 6 hours or so and they desperately need a kick to function at optimum ability. If you’re not the type who likes intense sweaty workouts, then yoga should be on your list. There tends to be a misconception about the practice, so many people think of it as too slow and boring. But yoga is of many different kinds and you need to find the one that works for you. I am a huge fan of Denise Austen, whose Youtube workouts completely changed my approach to Pilates and yoga, first thing in the morning. Remember that you need to find what suits your style, but stretching your body is a must do each morning.
No I don’t mean that you need to start having a full on conversation with yourself, but a few words of encouragement to start the day with could work wonders. We have become so incredibly ignorant to the fact that the most important voice we need to listen to is our own. Giving yourself a little motivation boost each morning, before you get on with the day will activate your unconscious mind and give it the encouragement it needs to believe it and start creating amazing things. Remember to always think before you speak even to yourself because your brain is constantly listening, processing and finally acts on it.
4. CAFE LATER
Are you one of the many people who can’t face the world before having their cup of coffee in the morning? It’s important to understand that everything we do creates a cognitive connection inside our brain that further on forms our habits. There is nothing wrong with drinking coffee first thing in the morning, but if you start your day exercising and eating a nutritious breakfast, you will find yourself soon enough not needing that caffeine kick. What you need to focus on is giving your body and mind a natural high and this comes by releasing endorphins (through exercise); by feeling hydrated (water) and by receiving its nutritional boost (breakfast). Soon enough you will find that caffeine is no longer part of your needs.
5. LOVE MAKING
Having somebody to wake up next to is already a nice way to start the day. Studies show that couples who make love first thing in the morning, are happier and more successful. During love making, you release oxytocin which is the love hormone but also one that plays a big part in anxiety and stress. By releasing this, your chances of feeling stressed throughout the day will decrease. From an emotional sense, this morning habit could strengthen your relationship and bring you closer than ever. What you do in the first hour of waking up plays a big part in how successful and happy your life is, so starting the day feeling connected and in love is the biggest high out of them all.
Our lives have become so automatic and fast paced that we often fail to stop, stand still and live in the moment. Meditation is an ancient practice that has been become very popular. When done correctly, meditation can open your chakras (your energy system running through your body activating your organs and life) and it can really help you see what you really want out of life. As we are all energy in a cosmic universe under a collective consciousness, meditation can inspire you to see what’s beyond the surface. Meditation is about learning to live in the moment, and just be still. It will help you become aware of what is going on around you and it will help be stay more alert, stress less and enjoy life more.
If you can implement at least half of the above to start with, you will definitely start noticing a positive change in your everyday life. Remember that change must first come from within and nothing without hard work is achieved, so plan it, execute it and stick to it.