4 Simple Morning Habits That Will Improve Your Day (And They Take 5 Minutes Each)
If you’re tired of feeling groggy and lethargic in the mornings, this simple routine will dramatically change that.
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The alarm clock is ringing and the next course of action is to hit the snooze button for an extra few minutes of sleep that often times turn into 30 minutes or more (there goes that morning gym session).
After hitting the snooze button a couple of times, you finally get up and aimlessly wander throughout the house. Next, you reach for your smartphone and log onto your various social media channels.
This, unfortunately, describes a large percentage of peoples morning routine. When you aimlessly go about your mornings before arriving at work, you're missing a great opportunity to prime your body for more success, energy, and improved health.
In fact, to achieve all of the above-mentioned benefits, all you need is a total of 20 minutes doing these four habits for five minutes each.
1. Five minutes of exercise
What better way to wake up than to charge up your body?
Motion generates emotion and energy throughout your body. This will lead to improvements with your mood due to endorphins being released and your cognition for the day.
When you feel great and energetic, you're radiating positive energy throughout the day that is more appealing and contagious to those around you.
No need to be fancy, alternating between pushups and squats for a full body workout is more than enough.
2. Five minutes to hydrate and give gratitude for three things
Giving gratitude helps you start the day off with an abundant mindset instead of a scarcity mindset. After giving gratitude, it's essential to hydrate since a big portion of your body consists of water. After sleeping for the recommended 7-9 hours, you're going to be dehydrated upon waking up which is why hydrating is a must before reaching for any type of caffeine.
Hydration is important because it's essential for delivering nutrients to the brain and removing toxins along with helping with creativity among many other things. Proper hydration not only helps you cognitively and physically function optimally, water also plays an important role in your DNA.
3. Five minutes to meditate
Taking five minutes in the morning is not only ample time to get the benefits of meditation, but it also provides the opportunity to get centered and address your internal world.
4. Five minutes to read over your vision, daily affirmation, and objectives for the day
Whether the goal is to build a dream business, a dream life, or a dream body--it's imperative that you stay focused on the task at hand. In today's distraction-filled world where new shiny objects are given birth each day, it can be difficult to stay on track.
This is why every morning for the last part of your routine, it's important to review your vision and remind yourself of what you're working on and why. After you review your vision, the next step is to commit to a few small, but effective daily objectives that will place you closer to that vision by the end of the day.
Lastly, before you end the routine, use an empowering statement or affirmation as some call it to guide you through the day. Every day, something or someone will tempt you or try to drain your happiness and positivity.
My favorite statement which you can borrow is "all things contribute to my advancement". I write it out and read it aloud as well.
Taking ownership of the trajectory of your life, business, and health doesn't require magic tricks or complex tasks--it just requires a few minutes of intentional action in the morning.