Updated: Jun 11
Hello LIFE 2.0 warriors! Today we want to walk you through a morning ritual for success, motivation and productivity. The day typically goes the way your morning goes. If you wake up late with a giant fog over your head, and you're tired, and don't do anything, the day will usually be unproductive. This morning routine will allow you to optimize your body, mind, and spirit so that you can perform at your very best.
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By creating a morning ritual, you recondition yourself for transformation.
The morning is the absolute best time to reach a new mindset. Research show that your mood in the morning directly affects your productivity all day.
If you want to wake up every day feeling more vitalized, energized, and happier, than this will help you.
Discipline is so important, and one of the biggest barriers that prevent people from achieving the success they long for in their life. If you want to build a new life, and habits that stay with you, you need to stay persistent.
How you begin each day is how you will end each day. If you're not frequent with it, it won't stay with you, and you will fall back into old habits. You must take an active approach towards your morning routine.
The way you make this a focus is by planning the night before. Failing to plan is planning to fail right? We want to maximize our day and our time. Some people have jobs early, kids, etc.We all have busy lives, no excuses. So, let's schedule it and do it.
The best way to plan for this is to make a checklist.
This can be adjusted to an hour, 45 minutes, and even 30 minutes. Everyone can find 30 minutes in the morning. If you can't, wake up a half hour earlier, no excuses!
1. Breathe in Gratitude
How we start the day is vital. The first thing you want to wake up in the morning and start by smiling and take deep breaths. Bio-chemically this naturally increases your mood. Breath in for six seconds, hold for six seconds, and breathe out for six seconds. You want to do this 2 - 3 times. This actually resets your entire circulatory system.
Also think of 3 things you're grateful for. This will fill you up with an attitude of gratitude to start the day.
2. Drink Water
In the morning your body is naturally dehydrated. All night your body has been working hard to repair itself, build cells, recover from any immunity issues, and rebuild tissue from any exercise. We are made up of 60% water, so the body always needs this and craves this.
This way you kick start your metabolism, flush out toxins, and get immediate energy. Throughout the day it's also recommended to drink at least 2 litres of water. I love coffee personally and drink about 5 cups a day, but always make sure i'm drinking water at the same time. Many people go through life dehydrated and feel tired, have low energy, and get frequent headaches.
3. Do Yoga
Many people think that Yoga requires a long commitment. However, you can do enough exercises to make you feel relaxed in only 5 minutes! Simple poses like cow pose, plough, downward dog, and headstand is all you need to feel great!
Meditation is also about quality, not quantity. We recommend doing 5 - 15 minutes at the most. Make sure you do this in an environment where you can be completely relaxed. I highly recommend listening to soft meditation music while doing this. It's just really gets you "in the zone".
Find a Spotify playlist or a youtube playlist. There are hundreds of good free ones on youtube.
If you're crunched for time, look up H.I.I.T. (high-intensity interval training) on Amazon or youtube. There are plenty to get you in shape and sweating within 10-15 minutes. That's all you need. Something is better than nothing. To start slowly simply take a walk outside. Just get moving and you'll automatically feel better. Then eventually when you feel comfortable you can move to jogging and running. The point is just to start, not focus on the results.
Again, it's about quality, not quantity. People think you need to run for 30 minutes. But, the right H.I.I.T. workout can be more productive and burn more calories.
Get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. You can do a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out this exercise during the course of a week.
Drinking lots of water flushes our system of waste products and toxins. Many people go through life dehydrated and feel tired, have low energy, and get frequent headaches.
By eating healthy food we get the right nutrients to give us sustained energy and keep our heart beating at a good pace. It keeps our brain active and alert, and muscles work better.
Sleep 7 - 8 hours a night. Try to go to sleep at the same time every night to improve your circadian rhythm. Allow yourself some unfocused time to relax and digest the day properly.
6. Write in your gratitude journal
Take 5 minutes to write in your physical journal, or your digital journal. Doing this allow you to focus on what is most important to you for that day. Things you want to do and accomplish. But also, how you're feeling, and thinking.
Write what you're grateful for. Write what your biggest goals and dreams are. Keeping them alive in your head and physically on paper will make them manifest faster.
This is how you increase your manifestation power x10! If you will it in your mind, you will it onto paper, your subconscious mind will work even harder to will it into existence.
About the Author
Matt Jones is a writer and entrepreneur with multiple businesses who loves inspiring others to reach their full potential. He is also a musician, educator, and world traveler whom has been to over 65 different countries on all 7 continents.
His personal mission is to create and inspire. He is from Los Angeles, but is now based in greater London where he lives