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10 Super Easy Ways To Become A Morning Person

10 Super Easy Ways To Become A Morning Person

Some people are naturally morning people, while others prefer to sleep in or insist they just can’t get up early. We all know the early bird catches the worm, but many people struggle to get up and on their feet early in the day. It’s better for you to get up early, so give these 10 simple tips a try and become a morning person.

1. Get more sleep

Getting at least seven hours of sleep a night is proven to help with cognition, so go to sleep early, and you’ll feel rested when the alarm goes off. Once you get the hang of it, you probably won’t need an alarm to wake you, as your body will know when it’s time to get out of bed.

2. Don’t use screens in your bedroom

Keep your TV, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets out of your bedroom. A dark room helps facilitate sleep, even if you are going to bed before it’s fully dark outside. You can find light-blocking blinds to help keep the light from intruding, giving yourself the best preparation for sleep.

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Electronic screens also keep it light when it should be dark, and most often excite rather than calm us down because often we’re watching things that entertain rather than relax us. If you must have a sleep aid, try listening to some quiet music to help you fall asleep, or read a book.

3. Go to bed when you are tired

Trying to sleep when you aren’t tired is a big mistake. You’ll toss and turn, which is frustrating and can cause you to get anxious and irritated. If you get up early every day, you’ll be tired earlier and get into the right sleeping patterns. It might take a little while, but it’s worth it.

4. Get into a routine for sleep

Making a routine for sleeping helps the body prepare. Our circadian rhythm wants us to sleep when it’s dark and get up with the dawn. People who live and work outside know the value of a good night’s sleep and how it helps you to perform all day. We can’t all work outside or exhaust ourselves physically, but exercise, regular sleep times and consistency help.

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5. Don’t press the snooze button

Delaying getting out of bed when you are awake will make you more tired. You are already awake, so just get up and start your day at the first ring of the alarm. Your body will thank you. You’d probably get up very early to go on vacation, so give it a try for a week as your regular routine.

6. Once you are up, get moving

As soon as you get up, wash your face and grab a glass of water. That will help you to feel awake, and you can start exercising, eating, or preparing for your day.

7. Get up at the same time very day

If you go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, your body will adjust and create a pattern that it will naturally want to follow, making you a morning person. Breaking your sleeping pattern on weekends will set your hard work back, so keep your routine going every day. You’ll have more time to do things you want to do, and that will help you feel more relaxed and less rushed.

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8. Work out in the morning

You might feel tired at first, but after a workout in the morning, you will be refreshed and ready for your day. Working out at night can make you over excited, and you might eat too much after exercising, causing you to feel full and preventing you from sleeping.

9. Find some natural light

Take a walk. Go find the sun. Get outside each day for at least 15 minutes to feel the warmth of the sun and enjoy fresh air. We all need vitamin D, and in winter it’s hardest to come by, so you must do it more often when it’s cold and least appealing. Even if you just walk around outside your office at lunch, you’ll get the benefits and feel energized for your afternoon.

10. Look forward to something each day

We all need something to look forward to each day. Whether it’s your job, your family, your pet, or your early morning meditation, if you have something that makes you happy, you will have the energy to feel good and get moving. Use the time you gain each day to spend on yourself, on others, or on a hobby. If you’re sleeping more than seven hours per day, you’re missing out on time you could have used to do things you love.

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Become a morning person.

Getting up early regularly will help you to become a morning person. Try these tips for at least seven days to break your bad habit of sleeping in. You’ll feel more refreshed, energized and ready to go!

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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