I came across this article this week about nine basic morning habits that I thought would be good to share with the community. Now while I can’t say I practice all these habits myself, I did go down the list to find that I do at least six of the nine habits on a daily basis and find them extremely helpful. I aim to try out the other four habits in the coming weeks to see if they’ll be as fruitful as the ones I've been doing. Here’s an excerpt of the article below:
1. Wake Up Early. Early risers reap many benefits. Some of these benefits include the following:
Being able to go through your morning routine in a calm and leisurely manner instead of (running around like a chicken with its head cut off) being rushed.
Having time for introspection and getting yourself in the right frame of mind.
The quiet morning hours are a great time to get things done.
You can get an early start on your goals, such as getting daily exercise or tackling a 30-day challenge.
Waking up early will also allow you to practice the eight habits explained below, which will help you to start your day in high spirits, ready to tackle anything that life throws at you throughout the day.
2. Smile and Think Something Positive. As soon as you wake up, smile. Scientists have discovered that smiling does all of the following for you:
When you smile your body releases the feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine and endorphins. This means that by smiling first thing when you wake up you’ll be starting your day in a better mood.
In addition, when you smile your mood is further lifted by the release of serotonin.
Smiling strengthens the immune system, so by smiling first thing in the morning and remembering to do it throughout the day you’ll be warding off disease, specially during flu season.
If you have trouble getting yourself to smile in the morning, force yourself: even a forced smile has benefits.
In addition, say something like the following to yourself when you wake up (say it out loud or just say it silently in your head):
“Every day, think as you wake up: today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.” – Dalai Lama
“This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
Lastly, ask yourself these two questions:
What am I grateful for today?
What am I looking forward to today?
3. Make Your Bed. Get up and make your bed. Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project”, indicates that a simple way to be happier is to make your bed every morning. By taking this small step to create outer order, you create inner calm. It’s something small and doable which gets your day started off right.
In addition, Naval Adm. William McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said the following about making your bed in his commencement address at the University of Texas at Austin:
“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.
By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.
If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.
And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.
If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”
4. Brush Your Teeth and Scrape Your Tongue. Most people were taught to brush their teeth after having breakfast. However, it’s healthier to brush your teeth as soon as you wake up. Plaque—which is a film of bacteria–builds in your mouth while you sleep. You should remove this plaque buildup by brushing as soon as you wake up.
Also, brushing coats the teeth with a protective layer of fluoride to guard against the sugars and acids introduced in the mouth at breakfast.
In addition to brushing your teeth, you should also scrape your tongue. Here are five reasons why:
Fresh Breath – Most bad breath comes from the bacteria at the back of the tongue.
Better Tasting Food – By scraping your tongue you remove mucus which can block your taste buds.
Boost Immunity – Scraping your tongue prevents toxins from being reabsorbed into your body.
Healthier Teeth – The process of scraping your tongue promotes general tooth and gum health.
Then, after you’ve eaten your breakfast, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash.
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