I understand is common for the majority of people to have lots of bad habits when it comes to morning routines. Trust me. I’ve been there.
But since I decided to make some small changes, and consistently started taking these 7 Morning Routine steps, I have more productive days, and my life in general just improved. So, here’s how to improve yours too:
1. Stay away from your smart phone on the first hour
If you use your phone’s alarm to wake you up, turn it off immediately after it buzzes. Just try to resist the urge to check social media or emails. Your mornings should be reserved just for you, so don’t waste your precious time being slaved to technology. You will have plenty of time to check it later. This means even disabling notifications on your home screen so you don’t fall into the temptation of that Facebook or Twitter update.
2. Have a shot of pure Aloe Vera Gel first thing in the Morning
This one might sound a little unusual, but is something that since I adopted, brought me so many benefits, that I couldn’t ignore.
Aloe helps clear the toxins out of the digestive system. It also facilitates digestion and improves the functioning of the kidneys, liver and gall bladder. The anti-inflammatory fatty acids in aloe alkalize the digestive juices and prevent acidity, which is a very common cause of indigestion.
I would say avoid preparing you own Aloe Vera juice, just because is impossible for most people to know which part is toxic and not good to ingest. I’ll leave that to professionals. I recommend you take the 100% pure and natural ALOE VERA GEL from Forever Living Products. It’s the most effective and beneficial Aloe Vera juice on the market and it totally improved my health.
This one for me is a MUST. I know it might sound boring and because of that you feel like you don’t have time for it, but seriously. It’s worth to try. It really helps you to achieve mental clarity and gives you a lot more focus. It increases your spiritual well-being and really sets the stage for a better day.
If you’re new to it, you might find it difficult “to just don’t think of anything”. One thing that helped me when I started was to focus on my breathing. Meditating does not mean your mind will 100% stop thinking, but the magic happens when you’re able to step out of it, and focus on the present moment. Bring your full attention and conscious to your body, and start giving your attention to the life inside of you. Your energy. When you fully focus on that moment, your mind has no choice but to be present. When you’re present, you don’t think, and that helps you experience the benefits of the meditation. Try it. Let me know how it goes.
4. Stretch that body
Even if you’re not a super fit and active person, you still can (and you should) stretch your body. I find YOGA very helpful. It’s an excellent way to get the benefits of stretching, exercising, and focus (because you can be on a meditate state while doing it) all at the same time. If you’re not a Yoga fan, you can still practice whatever feels right for you for as little or as long as you like.
5. Practice positive affirmations and visualizations
That will for sure, boost your level of energy up. Be intentional. Affirm good things about yourself and your future, Visualize how you want it to be in details. Be grateful for where you are and what you have now. Even if where you are is not where you want to be. There’s always something to be learned. The more grateful and positive you are, the more the universe will understand that this is your frequency and will bring you more things to be grateful for. Just trust and choose your feelings wisely.
6. Drink Water
The benefits of water in general are well known, but experts say that drinking it before your morning cup of coffee could jumpstart your system just when you need it most. It hydrates the body while aiding digestion and metabolism. After being asleep all night, we wake up every day slightly dehydrated, so starting the day with two glasses of water upon waking is a great way to solve that problem.
7. Read a book or listen to a good audio
Reading is a habit that almost all high-performers share. By adopting that as part of your morning routine, you can increase your “you time” in which you can work on your self-improvement and on your goals. Some people prefer audio over text for learning and maybe you’re one of them. If you don’t like reading, experiment with audiobooks. I’m sure this will help you to still benefit from a good book, specially if your time in the morning is a little limited and you have to rush to work or school.
Well, I hope you guys can benefit and take advantage of a couple -or all- of my morning routines. I’ll see you on the next post.