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5 Simple Morning Rituals to Supercharge Your Day

5 Simple Morning Rituals to Supercharge Your Day

How would you like to increase your productivity, feel happier and be more confident every day?

The secret to supercharging your day is through the power of a morning ritual.

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How you spend those first few minutes upon waking is a critical factor that can determine the outcome of your entire day. If you wake up feeling stressed, overwhelmed, negative and tired, then you’re definitely not getting the day started off on the right foot. Unfortunately, this is how most people start their day. They focus on all the stuff they have “to do”, then feed their mind with negativity by reading the newspaper, and consuming their cup of coffee to get that caffeine boost to get them going. They are reactive, instead of proactive.

I’m going to share with you five simple morning rituals that can help you supercharge your day. By applying some–if not all–of these tips immediately upon waking, you’ll notice more energy, happiness and that you’ll be more productive throughout the day.

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1. Smile immediately upon waking

As simple as this sounds, smiling can make a significant impact on your mood. By forcing yourself to smile each morning, you’re sending signals to your brain to release chemicals that will make you feel happy. Smiling allows you to be grateful for the gift of today and will help you start off the day on a positive note.

2. Drink water

The next best thing that you can do to take care of your body is by keeping yourself hydrated. Your body is massively dehydrated while asleep and is desperate for water upon waking. Avoid drinking coffee or any other beverages besides water during the first hour of waking. By drinking water, your body will start to wake up and you’ll naturally feel more energized. You might not even require your coffee anymore!

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3. Get moving

By engaging your body in some physical way, you’ll immediately start to feel energized. Your emotions are linked to how you use your body, which is why it’s important to use it first thing in the morning to get yourself primed. Going for a walk first thing in the morning, doing some stretching, yoga, or physical exercise are all fantastic ways to wake your body up, feel more energized, and be more productive throughout the day.

4. Feed your mind

Most people enjoy reading the newspaper in the morning, which can be affecting your mood and happiness levels. Most of the news that you’ll read or see on TV is primarily negative, which affects your mood. Try reading something positive or uplifting each morning, instead of feeding your mind with negativity with the news. Reading a few pages of a good book, watching an inspiring YouTube video, or listening to an audiobook can help feed your mind with that boost of motivation and positivity that will carry you forward for the rest of your day. Even just meditating for a few minutes can help silence your mind and get rid of any negativity, stress, or worries that might flood your mind in the morning.

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5. Plan your day

Spending a few minutes to plan what you want to accomplish that day is one of the most powerful things that you can do to increase your productivity. Most people start the day without a plan, therefore are reacting to whatever comes up. Instead, proactively plan out what you want to accomplish that day and write it on paper. Just the act of writing it out will make your brain focus on it, which increases the chances of you achieving it. Setting goals or intentions for your day can also be a powerful way to set the expectations of what you want to achieve.

By applying just a few of these simple tips each morning, you can radically improve the outcome of your entire day. You’ll begin to feel happier, more productive, more energized, and ultimately get better results. People will notice that you seem different. You’ll feel less stressed and more relaxed. You’ll feel like you are in charge of your life, which will give you more confidence.

You are what you repeatedly do every day. Focus on cultivating these new habits into your life and watch how your life improves.

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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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