The missing hour in your home morning routine.
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Today, we will walk together on one of the most pleasant and essential paths in every home - the morning routine that goes on within it.
Your morning routine is one of the most important things regarding personal growth and productivity. Usually, for the vast majority of us, most of this routine takes place, in terms of location - within our home -And in terms of timing - In the morning hours.
Therefore, in this article, we will review the best ways to make your morning routine nothing less than perfect. And it only takes one hour to turn your day around.
For the better.
So, if you've ever wondered what the best morning routine is and how to establish one in your home, congratulations - you've come to the right place.
As always, later in the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation and a video summarizing its content for you.
'The missing hour in your home morning routine.'
1. Get Up Early.
The British rhetorician Richard Whately once said:
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be hunting for it all-day
First and foremost, even before reviewing the actions required to create the best morning routine, you must allow a broad and actual framework/spectrum in which your actions will take place, or in other words - More Time.
If you wake up early enough, you will have enough time set for those actions necessary to optimize your home morning routine. And if You are planning on waking up five minutes before leaving your house, you won't have time to do anything.
Furthermore, besides implementing the positive morning habits that we will expand on later, there are very significant health benefits that you can gain from getting up early.
Win the morning!
Please do yourself a huge favor and watch this excellent video concerning the very nature of getting up early and why it's difficult for many of us.
When struggling to wake up early, you actually go from being reactive to proactive. You do not allow your day to lead you. On the contrary - You are the one who takes the reins and rules your day. It's the first step to becoming free individuals who are not driven by the necessity of reality but rather changing it to create an ideal environment for their personal growth.
It's quite easy to understand the massive difference between someone who wakes up an hour and a half prior to the time he is supposed to leave his house and one who wakes up only fifteen minutes before.
The first will engage in productive and fulfilling activities, executing tasks thoroughly and calmly, while the other will be under unprecedented pressure, and his ability to perform will be reflected accordingly. You don't have to be rocket science to figure that out.
So, now that we have established the importance of early morning awakening and understood it's the initial step towards the best morning routine - It's time to discuss the practical tips that will make your mornings productive and full of positive content - something that will have a tremendous and immediate impact on the rest of your day.
As the well-known saying goes - "win the morning, win the day."
The above was the first step towards the best morning routine in your home.
On to the next one.
2. Soul First (Fine-Tuning).
Now that you have woken up early and obtained enough time. Let's get started pouring some content into those precious minutes.
Tip number one is called "Soul First.":
A widespread perception is that we, as human beings, are not made up of just skin/tissues and bones - we have a living consciousness. And it doesn't matter how you want to call/characterize it (cognition/brain chemical interaction/soul/you name it) - We all feel it.
It would not even be far-fetched to claim that our consciousness is quite similar to our personality and its main components since, at the end of the day, what we feel/think/crave - (generally speaking) is who we are.
Therefore, it would only be natural that this entity's needs - let's call it a Soul - for the sake of argument - should receive a specific care/response within your home morning routine framework.
Now, let's be practical for a moment. Advanced preparation with attention to detail, better known as the 'fine-tuning' stage, usually precedes every thorough process.
The same goes for your morning routine - Ensure you reach the fine-tuning for body-soul balance - before taking the necessary steps - which we will expand on later - to optimize your morning routine.
"How to do that?" You must be asking.
First and foremost, you must recognize that such a need (Reaching the 'Fine-tuning' stage) indeed exists - And - contrary to the perception that physical needs are the only ones that matter - it's of utmost importance to treat your mental needs properly at the beginning of each morning.
Apparently, there is more to you than you think
Based on the proven scientific benefits of its use, Our first tip is 'Gratitude.'
Every morning, as soon as you open your eyes, try to be grateful for at least one thing. It could be your/your children's health/your job/the food on your table/friends and family/hobby that makes you feel good about yourself, And the list goes on.
Gratitude should not be about dramatic or unusual things but rather the simple things we tend not to appreciate until something terrible happens.
Create a morning habit of Gratitude. It will help you focus on the positive things in your life, and there's no better way to start your morning's fine-tuning.
Right after Gratitude, it's time for the well-known and powerful tool - Breathing.
You should start with five minutes of breathing.
Close your eyes and breathe.
Inhale And Exhale.
With every breath you take, try to bring some positive energies and a happy thought into your system, and vice versa, expel the negativity that may fill your soul with every exhalation.
Focus only on your breaths since, with their help; you can be here and now, at this moment alone - Not yesterday and not tomorrow - at this moment alone - Since he is the only one that exists, any other thought is nothing more than far-fetched imagination.
Take a deep breath
As mentioned, breathing is the ultimate tool in helping you focus on the present moment.
Obviously, Some will link it to to meditation. That's perfectly fine. In any case, there is no doubt concerning This tool's capabilities to contribute to your efforts to establish the best morning routine in your home.
Remember that meditation will be much more effective if it's done after physically getting out of bed and executing basic morning hygiene needs (Facial wash/teeth brushing/toilets). This way, it can be done properly without fear of falling asleep again due to its relaxing nature.
There is no need (actually not recommended) to think about something specific while meditating. On the contrary, the point is to reach a state of relaxation and focus on the inhaling/exhaling mechanism.
And suppose troubling thoughts do "pop up" occasionally. In that case, the secret is to embrace them without judgment/anger at yourself for feeling/thinking that way.
Imagine it as sitting peacefully on a bench in a cute green park while looking at the clouds. Do you have a criticism/opinion concerning the movement of clouds?! Of course not! And that's precisely how you should treat the disturbing thoughts that bother you while breathing - with understanding and a smile, since exactly as the clouds "just move," so your thoughts and feelings - which are based on automatic behavior patterns that originate from the events of your life - "just move."
And just as you have no "personal" interest in the clouds, The same goes for your chattering mind while meditating. Relax and try to dwell in the present moment.
By doing so, you will reach the Abovementioned 'fine-tuning.'
By the way, nowadays, it's pretty well-known that Proper Breathing Brings Better Health. And who among us doesn't want that?
British statesman Edward Stanley once said:
Those who think they don't have time for physical exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness
Now, after we've created a time frame and taken care of the fine-tuning process, It's time to talk about the machine that drives us - Our Body.
The first way to do so is by doing a short morning exercise.
Countless benefits come as a result of morning exercise. Furthermore, besides all those benefits, it's a significant component of the home morning routine we are trying to introduce you to.
No need to panic. We don't intend for you to become LeBron James - Just about fifteen minutes of physical activity at your home.
While you are sweating following your physical activity, the next step is a good shower (some argue it is better cold).
There are significant benefits to taking a shower first thing in the morning - That is precisely what you will do After you are done breathing and exercising.
A good morning shower will wake you up fairly well if you are a bit sleepy. The flowing water over your body can grant you a feeling of cleanliness and renewal.
Your body is your most important investment
You are more than welcome to read the article from our sweet blog about how to create an adapted home gym in your home easily.
After exercising and showering, it's time for a light breakfast.
Although there is much evidence concerning the importance of a healthy breakfast at the beginning of your day, We want to add a small note to this recommendation - Make it light.
One that will provide you with the energy you need until your next meal, but on the other hand, will not burden your stomach.
By the way, You might be surprised to hear that nothing dramatic will happen if you skip breakfast from time to time, and the whole thing about 'the most important meal of the day' is nothing more than a remarkably successful marketing trick by sophisticated lobbyists.
Don't believe us?
Well, thank God for the Guardian.
Here, you can find 31 Healthy and Fast Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings. And if you also want to add some 'homey' touch to your family meals ( thus strengthening your family bonding)effortlessly - this one is for you.
Another tip to help you meet your breakfast schedule is to prepare the food ingredients the night before.
By the way. If you plan on making some fluffy caramel apple pancakes for breakfast, please! Count us in!
4. Plan Your Day (In Writing).
Suppose you want to carry out your daily tasks carefully and efficiently without forgetting specific tasks. In that case, you must plan in advance.
Aside from the intuitive insight regarding the importance of pre-planning, It would be best if you insisted on doing it in writing.
There are many advantages to writing it down. It will help clarify things and contribute to the vital sense of order, which is critical for any planning process.
Write things down and clarify your thoughts
Do yourself a favor, sit back with your coffee, and write down your expectations for your day. It will significantly assist you with clarifying your thoughts and distinguishing between the essential and the bland - a task that so many fail at and lose valuable time.
By doing so, you will undoubtedly be able to establish the best morning routine within your home.
5. Smile A Bit.
Leonardo da Vinci once said:
I like those who can smile in trouble.
Although we are sure you are already well aware of the benefits resulting from smiling, It should still be an active and permanent part of the morning routine we are trying to introduce you to.
We recommend you dedicate the last three minutes of your daily preparation to smiling and laughing.
Studies clearly show the positive effect of (even) Forced Laughter on your mood.
To put it in simple words - The more you try to smile/laugh proactively, the better your mood will indeed improve. It's still perfectly fine, even if you feel it's coming from an artificial place.
It's based on empirical theories of positive psychology and more.
Start your day with a smile!
Do not get us wrong. We have no intention of telling you to smile for no reason (although there is nothing wrong with that. On the contrary). Our sole purpose is to recommend a quick action that will put a tiny smile on your face. It can be a short standup session/a silly video of one of your loved ones, etc.
The guiding principle is to create a spectrum of 3 minutes that will make you proactively put a smile on your face.
You will be surprised to hear about the enormous importance of this smile for a more positive start to your day, Something that will undoubtedly help you create the best morning routine.
Besides all the scientific mumbo jumbo, etc., intuitively - Think about it for a second, leaving your house with a smile - Doesn't it sound fantastic?
Now, to conclude, plus a final and important note:
In the end, this entire article amounts to only one hour.
One hour has the power to grant you better mornings, followed by better days, and thus, in the end - a better and more meaningful life.
But you must know that your number one enemy when implementing new behavior patterns is Mrs. Laziness.
You must equip yourself with steel discipline to help you apply the above principles. Because even if we write these tips a million times, and even if you tattoo them on your forehead (just kidding - For God's sake - Don't) - in the absence of solid discipline on your part - they are not worth the (virtual) ink used to write them.
Therefore, you must do as much as possible to train yourself in solid self-discipline that will make this important morning hour consistent.
Remember that difficulties are an integral - and natural part of the game.
Keep them from breaking you; be consistent. And if you fall - Get up!
We hope this article - 'The missing hour in your home morning routine' - Helps you with your efforts to establish a better morning routine in your home.
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