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4 Morning Rituals That’ll Super Charge Your Health

4 Morning Rituals That’ll Super Charge Your Health

Morning rituals…we all have them. What are yours? The most popular ones tend to be brushing your teeth, making a cup of coffee or tea, going for a run, or planning out your day. We have all formed habits over time that help us get our day started.

What if I told you that I know four morning rituals that will amp up your energy, health and life? Would you practice these four simple morning rituals daily? Or at least experiment with them for a month? If you’re a Lifehack enthusiast, you’ll love these four morning rituals that will work toward supercharging your overall health.

1. Drink two 8-ounce glasses of water immediately upon waking

Why should I drink water as soon as I wake up? Well, our body content is about 75% water, our brain is about 75% water, our blood composition consists of about 92% water, and our muscles are around 75% water. We are majorly made of water and it is an essential element that we need to live, but you probably knew that already.

Here’s what you may not know about water and hydration. When you wake up in the morning after a night’s sleep, you’re already in a state of dehydration. Your body needs water to kick start the system healthfully, especially in the morning.

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A challenge many of us face is not knowing we’re dehydrated when we really are. When we feel thirsty, we have actually gone past the point of initial dehydration. If you’re not drinking water throughout the day, chances are, you are living in a dehydrated state consistently.

Drinking water in the morning provides many benefits:

– Purges toxins from our blood (helps us get rid of morning grogginess)
– Increases cell renewal rate (helps maintain healthy body functioning)
– Boosts metabolism (helps with weight loss)
– Purifies the colon (helps us remove waste from our bodies)
– Makes nutrient absorption easier (helps us get more out of the foods we eat)

BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: Add lemon with that water.

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2. Drink an organic greens juice

A nutritious greens juice is an excellent way to start your morning with essential vitamins and minerals you need, along with a healthy alkalizing boost of chlorophyll to help balance out the slightly acidic state your body may be in the first thing in the morning.

One of the greatest greens juices you can have in the morning is wheatgrass juice and there are at least 50 reasons why you should drink it everyday.

BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: For an easier way to have a wheatgrass juice daily, I’ve experimented with organic, freeze-dried wheatgrass juice powder from stores and online. Make sure it’s field-grown for the highest nutritional density.

I’ve found Kamut grass juice to be the best and most convenient for me, and it allows me an easy way to enjoy the benefits of greens juices on the go.

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3. Rebounding

I’m not talking about the version referenced here, referring to a romance directly following a breakup. I mean jumping on a rebounder to literally jump start your day and your lymphatic system. Since your lymphatic system is basically your body’s garbage disposal, rebounding in the morning is a fun way to detoxify your system and get a nice boost of energy.

BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: Rebound in the morning for at least 10 minutes while reviewing your day’s goals and visualizing how you want your day to be.

4. Have amazing sex

Who doesn’t want to have amazing sex in the morning? A roll in the hay is a fun, great way to start the day – especially if you’re not a morning person. There are also many amazing health benefits that make having amazing sex a morning ritual that’ll supercharge your heath and sex life:

It boosts your mood, making you happier
Starts the day with love
A roll in the hay keeps the doctor away
– It releases stress
– Gives you something beautiful to reflect on throughout day
– Helps you feel more present
– Brings about a youthful glow

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BONUS LIFE HACKING TIP: There’s been a recent craze about HIIT (high intensity interval training), yet no one has talked about HIIF (high intensity interval f**king). Try it out next time by going at it as fast  you can for 30 seconds, then take a 10 second break, then repeat for 5 sets. You’ll boost your heart rate and metabolism and get your body into gear to burn more fat – as well as giving you and your partner some pleasure in the process.

There you have it, 4 morning rituals that’ll super charge your health and give you the energy you need to make the best of your day. Try them out for a month and let me know how your life changes by commenting below!

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

1. Understand Yourself Better

Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

2. Keep Track of Small Changes

I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

3. Become Aware of What Matters

As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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4. Boost Creativity

The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

6. Process Life Experiences

When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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7. Stress Relief

In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

8. Provide Direction

Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

9. Solve Problems

Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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10. Find Relief From Fighting

Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

11. Find Meaning in Life

Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

12. Allow Yourself to Focus

Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

14. Let the Past Go

I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

15. Allow Freedom

Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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16. Enhance Your Career

Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

18. Catalog Your Life for Others

No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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