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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 January 21, 2020

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

        your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

          Why You Need a Vision

          Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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          How to Create Your Life Vision

          Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

          What Do You Want?

          The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

          It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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          Some tips to guide you:

          • Remember to ask why you want certain things
          • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
          • Give yourself permission to dream.
          • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
          • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

          Some questions to start your exploration:

          • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
          • What would you like to have more of in your life?
          • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
          • What are your secret passions and dreams?
          • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
          • What do you want your relationships to be like?
          • What qualities would you like to develop?
          • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
          • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
          • What would you most like to accomplish?
          • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

          It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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          What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

          Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

          A few prompts to get you started:

          • What will you have accomplished already?
          • How will you feel about yourself?
          • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
          • What does your ideal day look like?
          • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
          • What would you be doing?
          • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
          • How are you dressed?
          • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
          • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
          • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

          It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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          Plan Backwards

          It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

          • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
          • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
          • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
          • What important actions would you have had to take?
          • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
          • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
          • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
          • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
          • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

          Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

          It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

          Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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