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Doing These Simple Things After Waking Up Makes Your Day Better But You Don’t Realize It

Doing These Simple Things After Waking Up Makes Your Day Better But You Don’t Realize It

You know the drill: open eyes, get up, move yourself robotically to the bathroom, dress up, and get out. Admit it, this is your morning routine. No wonder you’re not functioning at full capacity. No wonder you’re having a really hard time pulling yourself together just enough to be able to smile to your colleagues. No wonder you complain that you can’t find anything that makes your day better.

Start feeling better about your day. Here’s a short list of 10 things that will improve your day within the first seconds:

1. Write A Short Note In Your Journal

The morning stillness, the quiet moments before dawn are often the most unique moments of the day. Doing some sort of journaling, or mind emptying, at that time can be magical. It creates a flow that, somehow, perpetuates itself along the hours, like a red string, keeping you aware and awake. It doesn’t have to be complex. Simply, empty your mind in your notebook for five minutes, as soon as you wake up. As simple as it may seem, It really makes your day better.

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2. Get Rid Of A Useless Object

There is no better moment to do that than in the morning. Clear your house, clear your closet, clear your mind. Throwing away a useless object creates a state of clarity and a subtle feeling of being lighter. Now, the object must be really useless, otherwise you will end up throwing away your entire house.

3. Meditate 10 Minutes

I cannot stress enough the benefits of meditation. Our mind, as useful as it is for understanding the universe, can also create a lot of trouble, if left unattended. Learning to tame the mind and make it a faithful servant is one of the most important habits you can create. Do this by meditating in the morning. It will set the entire day on a much crispier and more comfortable path.

4. Exercising Really Makes Your Day Better

Imagine your body is a huge battery holding up energy. Now, imagine how shaking up a battery will make it produce more energy. That’s what happens when you exercise. You create more energy and store it into your muscles. Not to mention that your brain also creates and delivers endorphins. This energy will benefit you throughout the day.

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5. Think At Someone You Love–Intently

Imagine your loved one waking up and starting the morning with a smile. Keep that thought for a while. The mere thought of that person will lighten up your soul. It may even draw that person to you.

6. Thank Someone For Something

Saying “thank you” is underrated. Now, you may have trouble finding a person to say thank you to just after you wake up. I know I did. In these cases, write a “thank you” letter. You don’t need to send it, only write the words and leave it there. If you’re appreciative first thing in the morning, you’re inviting more opportunities into your life.

7. Learn A New Word

If you’re learning a foreign language, that works great. Even if you’re not, learning a new word in your mother tongue daily can be fun and relaxing. You may find yourself repeating that word during the day, or somehow stumbling upon it in a magazine or in a casual conversation. You may also pick the word you want to learn with a night before which will “set up a theme” for the following day. It really works.

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8. Visualize 3 Moments From The Day To Come

This is a very powerful exercise. You must identify and define the moments you want to experience. This can be extremely beneficial. However, if you also try to visualize yourself actually doing what you decided to do, it will add magnitude to the whole thing. I often find myself in moments almost identical with what I visualized in the morning.

9. Take A Walk

Take a stroll in the quiet, fresh air of the morning. No pressure, no thoughts, no worries. Move around your neighborhood and be. A quiet morning walk can be cleansing. The personal space I create with that walk is very powerful. Don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself.

10. Have A Glass Of Natural Juice

Drink juice instead of your normal breakfast. This will bring more “freshness” to your morning routine and it will improve your health. Experiment for a while to find the type of juice that works best for you. Oranges and apples are a delicious mix. If you’re really adventurous, you may even replace your morning coffee with this glass of natural juice.

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11. Cuddle Your Pet Or Partner

There are some studies that states we need at least 8 hugs a day to properly function at the emotional level. Why not starting early and hug your spouse as the first thing you do in the morning? From that point on, your energies will be interweaved during the entire day.If you don’t have a spouse, cuddle your cat or your dog. If your pet is a fish, you may just want to gently talk to it and broadcast positive energy.

12. Take A Shower

The trick is to make the shower a cold one. You can also do a combination of hot and cold, which will make your blood run faster. Taking a shower first thing in the morning may be a standard ingredient in many western cultures, but actually using it as a tool to refresh your body, and not simply for cleansing it on the outside, may not. Of course, this step goes beautifully with number 4 or number 9 from the list above. A quick run before it will also do it.

13. Avoid Reading Or Watching The News

During the last half of the century, media has changed drastically. It’s no longer just about news updates. Nowadays, it create uncertainty, fear, and the desire to make you buy stuff, blindly. News is nothing more than a stimulator these day, in a continuous battle for rating. Simply avoid it. Your day will be far better off without this type of news.

14. Smile

They say smiling is the second best thing you can do with your lips, and I completely agree. Smiling in the morning will also open your day to more tranquility and potential. People smile as a way to show they’re open, they’re relaxed and they’re willing to start interact with you. So, look at yourself in the mirror and smile.

Now, you have at least 2 weeks of morning routine material in this article. Pick the ones you like most and start practicing. Or, even better, take the time to share your tips in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

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8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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