What are the first things you do in the morning?
Do you wake-up and immediately look at your phone? Check your emails, texts and/or Facebook? Do you hit the snooze button once, twice or more? Do you even eat breakfast?
Here is what I do every morning and it helps me succeed, stay positive and stay awake.
My mornings normally start at 7am.
DO NOT pick up your phone. DO NOT check anything on your phone. And DO NOT collect $200. Go straight for some water.
I wake up and get a glass of water to drink. During the night, you are sleeping for 7+ hours without food or drink, that means your body has no nutrients going to it. Especially at higher elevations, where I live, my body gets dehydrated very fast. So, drink at least 1/2 – 1 full cup of water.
Then do some exercises. The easiest things you can do are push-ups, sit-ups and squats or just move like with a walk. Work big muscle groups and it will help wake you up for the day. Your body will release endorphins that your body craves and needs. These will also help you wake up and stay awake, even without coffee or an energy drink. What I normally do for my small workout is 20 push-ups, 40 sit-ups and 40 squats. Just get the blood flowing! If you have a set of stairs, do some lunges up the stairs. Use the stairs for incline or decline push-ups and maybe some tricep dips. If you have some weights laying around your house or apartment, pick them up and add weight to an exercise, or use something heavy that is also portable.
As important as excising your body is also exercising your brain. This would be a great time to read a book, read your daily affirmations, or read the Bible. Whatever it might be, do it. I have started reading on a daily basis and I will soon come out with my top business books to read that I read everyday. I am trying to work up to 1-2 hours a day throughout the day. So, that means 30 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes mid-day, 30 minutes in the evening and then 30 minutes before bed. Increase your learning potential by purposely growing your mind!
The next important thing is your breakfast. The most important meal of the day! Now there are people who do just fine without breakfast but when they do have breakfast they feel better than without. The reason being, you were without any nutrients for most of the night. You need to replenish your body for the day. Eat eggs, health cereal, oatmeal, a fruit bowl, etc. One person that I have listened to about exercise and diet is Terry Crews. Have you seen how ripped he is? Do you know how old he is? Terry is 48 years old and says he feels better than when he was in his 20’s. He says that he has been experimenting with daily fasting. I have tried some fasting but a little differently. Terry wakes up and works out. He lays his workout clothes next to his bed so as soon as he wakes up he sees them and now he must work out. After his workout, Terry might take some amino acids, or a teaspoon of coconut oil and thats it until the afternoon. He fasts after his morning workout until around 2pm and then he eats a lot but it is all moderately health food until 10pm. Then he goes to sleep and does it again. I personally feel that I cannot go without breakfast so I instead normally go without a lunch.
After all of this for you and your body, now you have permission to look at your phone. If you look at your phone as soon as you wake up, it normally takes your whole day down into the gutter. You might receive a bad email, text or Facebook message. You might get news alerts and see something tragic that happened around the world or even worse in the USA. This will ruin your day and if you have not noticed, it does already.
What you start your day with is how your day will be. So, start your day everyday with health, wellness and positivity.