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6 Significant Changes You can Do to Refresh your Life and Routine

6 Significant Changes You can Do to Refresh your Life and Routine

What is the first thing you think when you first wake up?

If one of your first thoughts are “What time is it? I’m getting late for work” you need to take a little break and refresh your routine.

Sometimes we are so busy living our lives and following our established routines that we do not stop and realize how the fact of making some changes in our lifestyles and incorporating new experiences can benefit our lifetime (and especially, our mood).

To avoid the situation of being stuck in a rut, here are some simple changes we can make to let benefits come with a big change:

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1. Have a new adventure or exotic travel

Big changes include exotic getaways and new adventures, and our world is full of beautiful places waiting for us to be discovered and to create stories. You can probably think that this kind of plans requires a big amount of money, but reality is that some exotic destinations are pretty affordable as well.

Some travelers opt for visiting Asia destinations, because as Myanmar tours says: “This place remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. Those kind of destinations are good options for finding adventures  full of  rich cultural heritage.

2. Remodeling and decorating your space

When we are talking about changes, our environment is an important part of it. Regardless if you live alone, in a house, apartment, campus, etc. a simple movement of furniture or getting new home appliances to decorate and improve your space.

You probably can’t imagine how a small decoration or a simple furniture movement can make an impact in your life and mood. The guys of Carpet Installation Austin, TX say that a quality flooring and home decoration gives any home a more beautiful and lively look so, you better start changes! There are many low-cost redecorating ideas to turn your space into a healing home.

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 3. Give yourself a makeover

This might sound expensive for you, but there are many ways you can give yourself a makeover and stay on a budget.

Have you heard the quote “Looking good and feeling fine”? That’s exactly what you need to project, you can just go simple and change your hairstyle or color, or maybe go shopping and get a new outfit.

4. Start writing

Writing is one of the best ways to purge emotions and liberate our mind. Certainly, there are many benefits of writing that will give you more than a reason to start doing it. Besides it is a fun way to maintain and expand your vocabulary, writing (regardless the way) let things that are stressing you out to leave, so anxiety levels decrease and you will enter in a relaxed mood.

It is easy to get a pen and paper or to start a blog, and if you think you might need to get a little more inspiration or maybe help on grammar, take support with writing-enhancement platforms like Grammarly or with preparing speech ideas online

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5. Use music as a power

Music is life and certainly making some activities accomplished with music can improve your mood and development. You can have a different playlist for each activity you have, and there are many sites that offer pre-established playlist regarding your mood like Spotify or this simple mp3 music downloader that shows you the best apps for your mobile device without any trouble.

Nowadays it is almost impossible not to have music access, there are people walking around not alone but with their earphones, you may pass cars on the road with its passengers happily singing out on a road trip? Just fun and joy. Try new rhythms, and remember that behind every great song there is a big story.

6. Enjoy your hobbies

To be happy you need to always follow what your passion and likeness are. If you like yoga, take your time for that activity and enjoy the moment! Create a specific area for yoga and meditation, it could be an especial room in your house or a space in your backyard where you and your yoga mat fit.

If you like online activities like movies, video games, music set and specific area of your house as well! We know your consoles, screens and games need their own space so take a time decorating and adapting furniture but always making it comfortable (yes, you can have the best gaming desk, your bed or even a sofa).

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Join a new group, meet people, practice new activities and find what makes you happy every time.

You need to always make changes that can refresh your habits for the better. Set new goals and get them; having a target to work towards keeps you motivated and helps prevent you from just drifting along and falling into a rut.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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