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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 March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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