10 Quick routines to get the day off to a good start
Your day and your well-being depend on it! Start off on the right foot...
1. Stretch to warm your body up
Snooze or express bed jumping enthusiasts will agree; a loud wakeup call instantly plunges us into stress. Just think about it, your poor body has been inactive for several hours and is suddenly awaken with little to no warning. To soften this event, start by remobilizing your muscles and joints, as well as getting your blood flowing. Why not even stretch from head to toe to stimulate yourself too?
For a complete stretch, work on your ankles, then your wrists, head, arms, and finally your knees by bringing them back to the chest
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2. Define your positive goal for the day
A good coffee, watching the sunrise... Little joys are everywhere and you know it! Plan to reward yourself for the day ahead by defining your joyful intention. If you want to be like those successful people, choose from your list two or three little moments that make you happy and choose to experience and live them out.
"Today, to make me feel good, I'm going to..."
3. Drink a large glass of water (with lemon)
For your eyes (which are probably barely open) the night was short, but for your body 7 hours without drinking is stressful. A big glass of water when you jump out of bed will hydrate you and get your body back on its feet. Nothing prevents you from adding lemon for more taste.
The morning is definitely one of the most beneficial times to meditate. You and your body will be in sync, and above all you will be mentally ready to face the day serenely. No worries will affect you.
5. Waking up to music
'Whoa! I feel good... ♫' Music soothes morals... and has many other virtues. It soothes us and transports us elsewhere if need be. Jazz, classical, soft, integrate these types of styles into your morning routine to start the day in a good mood!
6. Laughing heartily
Children laugh up to 400 times a day, whilst an adult only laughs about 15 times... To make up for this gap, start your day by laughing. Whether you're lying down, already standing, or in the shower, remind yourself of a ridiculous situation that gets you giggling. You will produce more endorphins, which happen to be the happiness hormone and an excellent anti-stress remedy.
7. Think like Steve Jobs
Every morning, the great entrepreneur asked himself, 'If I were to die today, would I really do everything I planned on doing?' In addition to remarkable technological advances, he invented a good way to set priorities during the day and in life more generally.
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8. Write down your dreams
Surely you have a notebook lying around at home? Use it when you wake up to write down your dreams. This ritual allows you to dream lucidly, to have more control over the script and to connect with your unconscious. As a bonus, your memory will also get a good workout too!
9. Seeing things through a child’s eyes
To marvel at nothing is part of the childish behavior that we should all aim to keep. Wherever you are, take 5 minutes to look at your surroundings with fresh eyes. Imagine, what would a child see as fun here? In short, enjoy the little details and let your imagination run wild.
10. Walk part of the way
Physiologically we need to feel nature close to us and to be outside. Unfortunately, due to daily life, work and the will to "hurry up", we often sit and shut ourselves away... We need to focus more resourcing! Why not wake your body up and energize it while getting some fresh air? Here’s an idea, park up your car a little further away, take your earphones and take 5 minutes for yourself.
Editor's opinion - Routine is the best ally for happiness
The morning is often perceived as a time to hurry, yet we all have time, but use it poorly. This is what American psychologist Jo Hemmings says: 'Instead of spending 18 minutes hitting the snooze button that ends up making us tired and groggy, we might as well use this time to try this routine and start our day well.'
According to the specialist, it takes three weeks for the brain to ritualize and make a task automatic. When it becomes part of our lives, we feel relief and a sense of accomplishment. The habit that we get from a routine will then require less energy and attention.Without thinking about it, we can automatically start doing things that make us happy!
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