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6 Healthy Things You Do Before Bedtime To Make Your Morning Awesome!

6 Healthy Things You Do Before Bedtime To Make Your Morning Awesome!

I remember the days when waking up at noon was completely okay.  I had no responsibilities whatsoever, and time felt like it simply dragged on and on.  At this point in my life, I no longer have the luxury of being able to sleep until my body simply had to get up and going.  With  children, a business, and a blog, I have quickly learned that time waits for no one.

My ability to get up in the morning and to function effectively is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Creating a healthier bedtime routine allows me to have a great morning, which only results in a more productive day.

These are some of my favorite tips!

Plan Ahead

There are things that I know I must do, like get up in time to wake up my son, in order to make sure that he is up and ready to go for school.  But there are areas that require a little more planning, like in business and blogging.  I prepare and get organized by writing things down in order of urgency.  There are tasks that I know I have to get out of the way because they are a priority.

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Staying organized allows me to tackle my day more efficiently, reduces my ability to be frazzled, and reduces stress.  And business is not the only area you can be more organized in, prepare your lunch ahead of time, iron your clothes and lay them aside so that you do not have to search for these things with the chaos of the morning.  Having a clear mind at bedtime because you know that you are less likely to have a chaotic morning will encourage you to rest better.

Meditate

Meditate

    Meditation is different for everyone, if you are religious, meditation could be prayer, if not, it could simply be a moment of silence. Your time to simply separate yourself from the chaos of your day and to reflect on the good and the areas in which you can improve in the following day. Meditation not only raises self awareness, decreases anxiety and depression, but meditation is as effective as sleep medication.

    Drink and Snack Smarter

    Have you ever tried eating a kiwi before bed?

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    Well it turns out that popping two of these bad boys can help you sleep better.  According to Taiwanese researchers, kiwi helped adults fall asleep 35 percent faster and sleep 13 percent longer.   If Kiwis are not your cup of tea, then you can try these other, healthier snacks.

    • Six-ounce serving of plain nonfat Greek yogurt (100 calories) sprinkled with 1/8 cup Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond Crunch Granola (60 calories): 160 calories
    • 1 slice whole-wheat toast (100 calories) topped with half an ounce shredded mozzarella cheese (36 calories): 136 calories

    Exercise

    Running

      It’s true: some studies have found that exercising close to bedtime can make it harder to fall asleep, but one study found that people who lifted weights in the evening had a higher quality and duration of sleep than people who did the same workout in the morning. So while it might take you a few more minutes to conk out, you’ll sleep better.

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      Clean Up

      Waking up to a clean home is a great way to have a great morning. Spend a few minutes before bed picking up and putting things away so that you can have a refreshing morning.  As a mom, cleaning up the night before means that I have less work to do during the day.

      Go Dark

      Go Dark

        I spend a lot of time with my Chromebook attached to my hip.  Everything from checking on the blog, to social media, and it really does take it’s tole.  Although it is very hard for me to do, the nights that I choose to put the gadgets a way at least an hour or two before bed tend to be more restful nights.  The reason being that we often lose track of time when checking email and social media.

        Allow your mind and eyes to rest by turning off the electronics and opening up a good book instead.

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        Last Updated on June 19, 2019

        How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

        How to Practice Positive Meditation in 2 Simple Steps

        Just by simply spending some effort and time, staying positive every day can be easily achieved. All that is required is a fraction of your time, 10-15 minutes a day to cultivate the positive you!

        But first, what is really positive thinking? Do you have to be in an upbeat, cheerful and enthusiastic mood all day to be positive minded?

        No. Positive thinking simply means the absence of negative thoughts and emotions – in other words, inner peace!

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        When you are truly at peace within yourself, you are naturally thinking positively. You don’t have to fight off negative thoughts, or search desperately for more positive thoughts. It just happens on its own. And here are 2 positive thinking meditation tips to empower you:

        1. Relax as You Meditate

        A powerful, simple yet rarely used technique is meditation. Meditation doesn’t have to take the form of static body posture. It can be as simple as sitting in a comfortable chair listening to soothing music. Or performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.

        Meditation is all about letting go of stressful or worrisome thoughts. That’s it! If you spend just a few minutes per day feeling relaxed and peaceful, you automatically shift your mind into a more positive place. When you FEEL more relaxed, you naturally THINK more positively!

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        Start with a short period of time, like 5 or 10 minutes a day. You can meditate first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, right before you go to bed at night, or any time. The most important thing is to consciously let go of unproductive thoughts and feelings. Just let them go for those few minutes, and you may decide not to pick them back up again at all!

        2. Practice Daily Affirmations

        Positive affirmations can be used throughout the day anywhere and at anytime you need them, the more you use them the easier positive thoughts will take over negative ones and you will see benefits happening in your life.

        What are affirmations? Affirmations are statements that are used in a positive present tense language. For example, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better, better and better” is a popular affirmation used by the late Norman Vincent Peale.

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        So how does one go about using positive affirmations in everyday life? Let’s look at some guidelines to follow when reciting your daily affirmations.

        1. Use first person pronouns in your message (I)
        2. Use present tense (I have)
        3. Use positive messages (I am happy)
        4. Repeat your affirmations on a consistent basis

        Affirmations have to be said with conviction and consistency. Start your day by saying your affirmations out loud. It wouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to repeat your affirmations; yet when done consistently, these positive affirmations will seep into the subconscious mind to cultivate the new positive you.

        Here’s an example of a “success affirmation” you can use on a daily basis:

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        I am successful in everything I do. Every venture I get into returns wealth to me. I am constantly productive. I always perform to the full potential I have and have respect for my abilities.
        My work is always given positive recognition. I augment my income constantly. I always have adequate money for everything I require. I spend my money prudently always. My work is always rewarded.

        You can find more examples here: 10 Positive Affirmations for Success that will Change your Life

        Remember, affirmations work on the basis of conviction and consistency. Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to see this through.

        Begin practicing these positive thinking tips right now. And I wish you continued empowerment and growth on your positive thinking journey.

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