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This Is What Would Happen If You Woke Up Just An Hour Earlier

This Is What Would Happen If You Woke Up Just An Hour Earlier

What if I told you there is a way to increase productivity, lessen stress, improve your health with exercise, and look better every day? Would you be willing to try it?

According to Women’s Health, “A growing body of research demonstrates that early risers have advantages when it comes to their energy levels, moods, and workout habits.”

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All you have to do is get up an hour earlier every morning. I know, I know—you aren’t an early riser or maybe you aren’t getting enough sleep as it is. However, once you experience the benefits of rising early, you will see it’s worth the effort, even if you aren’t naturally an early riser. And, you can start going to bed earlier so that getting up earlier isn’t so hard.

The NIH offers Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep. In their article, they assert that it’s important to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day. So, let’s look at the positive benefits of getting up an hour earlier every day. Once your body gets use to this rhythm, getting up will be easier.

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1. You’ll be mentally prepared

When you know you have time on your side, your brain can slow down and stop racing. You will have time to plan out your day and organize your thoughts. You can visualize what your day will be like and mentally prepare yourself for what kind of day you will have. You start your day with dominion, instead of feeling harried and mentally disorganized.

2. You’ll get your exercise in

There’s nothing worse than having a nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you know you haven’t done something yet. When you know you are getting up earlier to exercise, you can lay out your clothes for your workout the night before and have a plan for what exercise to do. When you wake up with time on your side, you can grab your workout clothes and get your exercise done before your day gets away from you.

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3. You’ll be able to actually eat breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When we are in a hurry and don’t time have time for breakfast, we might grab something unhealthy or skip breakfast and go hungry. Being up earlier allows time to eat a good breakfast, which could have a positive effect on your whole day—not to mention the energy you’ll get from having a good breakfast.

4. You won’t have to fight the crowds

If you commute to work, traffic gets busier as the morning goes on. It’s much less stressful to drive early in the morning when there’s less traffic. It’s the same for if you want to grab a latte or cappuccino—the lines will be much shorter the earlier you get to the coffee shop. Parking is also better the earlier you get there.

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5. You’ll look better

You’ll have more time in the morning to get ready. It shows when someone looks really put together. You’ll have the time to find the perfect outfit or to do those extra things: pluck your eyebrows, actually blow out your hair, shine your shoes, floss your teeth, etc. It shows. You present to the world a more put-together image. You feel better and look better.

6. You can work uninterrupted

Whether you work from your home or at an office, working when no one else is around has definite advantages. There is no noise and no interruptions, just the opportunity to be more productive in a shorter time. We all want to feel more productive and that we are using our time as wisely as we can.

The hardest part to getting up an hour earlier is the first few moments when you are tempted to go back to sleep. If you set your alarm across the room and don’t allow hitting the snooze button to enter your mind, you can stumble through the first few minutes and then realize that you do feel awake. It’s pushing through those first few minutes that makes all the difference. Once you do, and you become awake, the opportunities for you to experience something wonderful is there for the taking. Why not try it? It could make a huge difference in your day and life.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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