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10 Morning Rituals That’ll Energize And Keep You Productive All Day Long

10 Morning Rituals That’ll Energize And Keep You Productive All Day Long

Early morning hours have a special quality to them. They are quiet, peaceful and scenic—the perfect time to spell out your intentions for the day and set the stage for a truly fruitful day ahead.

Establishing thoughtful morning rituals can ensure you start each day on the right footing, feeling centered, purposeful and productive.

If you are ready to jazz up your mornings, we’ve got some refreshing rituals you can incorporate into your morning routine to energize and keep you productive all day long. Enjoy.

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1. Read an inspirational quote or passage of the day

Keep a stash of your favorite inspirational quotes, literary passages, bible verses or life truths on hand, and read a few of them first thing in the morning. Positive writings have a powerful effect. They’ll remind you of the values you want to live by and get you started on a bright note. You’ll feel lighter, happier and more inspired just by reflecting on an inspirational word early in the morning.

2. Meditate for 5 minutes, at least

Meditation is about keeping focus on one thing such as the rhythm of your breathing or sound of the ocean and blocking out any other distractions. It has been proven to bring so many benefits, including reducing stress, increasing focus, boosting memory, enhancing creativity, and strengthening a sense of inner peace. So meditate for five short minutes, at least. It can have a big impact on your life.

3. Take deep breaths, smile and thank the sun for rising

This ritual is about being aware and acknowledging the many blessings that we so often take for granted, such as the rising of the sun. It’s about taking a moment to remind yourself of the gift of life and the beauty of the natural physical world, including plants, animals and landscapes. If you are a religious person, this is also a great opportunity to count the blessing in your own life and thank God for them.

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4. Write a gratitude journal

Don’t just say you are grateful for the blessing in your life. Write it down in a gratitude journal. Writing has a soothing, calming effect on the mind. It reassures your brain that you have recorded the blessings in a permanent place, and it can now safely move on to other things. Simply write out three things you are grateful for. Be specific and use details. For example, rather than simply writing, “I love my kids,” list something special and quirky the kids did recently that you love. It doesn’t have to take long.

5. Review your goals

Once your mind is free to focus on other things, sit down and review your goals. We all have specific things we want to accomplish in life, whether big or small. The morning hours are a great time to review them and see how far along you are in accomplishing what you set out for. This ritual can help you stay on track on your goals and allow you to make necessary adjustments to fulfill your deepest desires in life.

6. Drink a glass of lemon water

Pour water into a glass. Add a few drops of lemon juice, stir and drink. A glass of lemon water in the morning will freshen your breath, help you shake off any residual sluggishness from the night before, inject a healthy dose of vitamins into your body, reduce the feeling of hunger and aid your digestive system. It’s a refreshing and energizing way to start your day.

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7. Do 7 minutes of simple yoga exercises

Just seven minutes, not 10, of yoga exercises in the morning can bring many benefits. Seven minutes is short enough that it won’t discourage you before you even start or disrupt the rest of your morning routine. The benefits you’ll get include keeping fit, increasing your lung capacity, lowering your risk of heart disease, easing anxiety and getting you out of your head for a while. A superb routine!

8. Drink an antioxidant smoothie

You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We’re not disputing that. But, why not try a delicious smoothie at day break and see how you like it? A healthy juicing requires little time to prepare. Just blend your fruity ingredients together (for about a minute) and you are ready. Make it as thick or smooth as you want by adding or subtracting water, and then enjoy your smoothie. It tastes great and will provide essential nutrients and vitamins your body needs in a simple and tasty form.

9. Chew some mint gum

Chewing mint-flavored gum can do more than just freshen your breath. It can also increase your mental alertness and help with cognitive function. Moreover, mint is a natural stimulant that can temporarily quicken some vital processes in your body. It can arouse you into action and have you roaring and ready to go.

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10. Rock out to your favorite song

Music has a big influence on our moods and how we interpret the world. Everyone knows what it feels like to find that perfect song that gets you in the right mood. That’s exactly what you’ll want to aim for when picking and playing your favorite song(s) in the morning. Mind everyone in the vicinity, but don’t be afraid to let loose and have a good time. You’ll lift your spirits and be happy you did it throughout the day.

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David K. William

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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