As I have completed University in November 2015, the new year brings on a new me. Therefore, for my 2016 resolutions, I created a daily morning list to enhance my mornings in order to have a positive, passionate & productive day. These habits are some of what I’ve read up on, learnt throughout my past experiences and/or heard throughout conversations.
Applying them to my life have truly created a positive impact (especially on the days to when I stick to them). They take me no more than 40- 50 minutes per day, in addition to them embellishing my spiritual, physical & mental aspects of myself. It’s truly incredible!
The only reason these changes have become habitual are due to me desiring to make the most of my 24 hours. I asked myself questions such as:
• How do I want to spend the 24 hours I’ve been blessed with?
• Don’t I want to live to enjoy everything I’ve accomplished 60 years from now?
• What changes do I have to make today in order for me to be a healthier person physically, mentally & spiritually tomorrow?
• If I don’t begin positive habits to start off my day, the rest of my day will not go as good as it could’ve gone?
Yes. I speak to myself a lot. It’s one of the most comforting & motivating pass times. Asking myself questions, reflecting & connecting the dots are all healthy ways to stay connected with who I am & who I want to become!
As Tony Robbin states about successful human beings, “Why do they repeat the same tasks every day? By reducing the number of decisions you make in the morning you’re able to maximize the rest of your day and achieve peak performance. When your morning routine is kept vague you’ll end up stressed out and rushing around.”
So… Here are mine!
10 MORNING HABITS
1. Be grateful for the new day
First thing you MUST do the moment you wake up is THANK God for waking you up today; He has chosen you to experience the gift of life.
I bet you never thought about doing that… Have you? I know, its something that bypasses all of us. Nonetheless, beginning your day with a heart of gratefulness will truly set your spirit, actions & behaviour in a positive mood.
Try it & you’ll see!
I know it probably takes 2 snooze buttons before you actually make the movement to get out of bed. Lets face it, when you do, you’re probably not in the best mood anyway. Why? For obvious reasons: You don’t want to go to school or you would rather do anything than show up to work.
Well… While you’re debating all of these questions on whether its necessary for you to get up, make the conscious decision to SMILE!
According to Mother Teresa, “A smile is the beginning of peace.” Start your day off with peaceful vibes.
Find an area in your home where your mum, dad, little siblings, older siblings, couch surfers or whomever will not bother you. Once you find that area, find a comfortable body position where your mind is at ease and ready for meditation.
Focus on your breathing and if your mind runs wild, its okay. Give yourself time to get into the meditation groove. The world isn’t going to end because your mind is running all over the place.
The purpose is for you to tune into your breath & body; becoming aware of your thoughts & giving your mind adequate time to be still & silent from a hustling and bustling world we live in. According to One Life Make It Count, meditating every morning, “will leave you feeling present each day, intensify your appreciation for positive experiences, and empower you in your life.”
I suggest doing this for 10 minutes. This might be too short or too long for most of you, but I am new to this meditation lifestyle, and so far so good!
4. 1 tsp of Oil Pulling with coconut oil
It’s bathroom time. Before you intake coffee or brush your teeth, you must take 1 tsp of coconut oil to begin the process of oil pulling.
What is oil pulling? Oil pulling is swishing coconut oil (sesame or sunflower) in the mouth for at least 20 minutes. In my case, I only do it for 5 minutes, but if you feel the need to keep it up for more, go right ahead! According to Wellness Mama, “oil is able to cut through plaque and remove toxins without disturbing the teeth or gums.”
I admit, it sounds a bit odd at first but trust me, you will get used to the taste and you won’t regret the health benefits it provides.
5. Swallow 1 tsp of coconut oil
After you have oil pulled the coconut oil, it is time to swallow 1 tsp of it. As well as coconut oil is good to apply on the body, cook meals with, swish in your mouth, it is also extremely healthy for your internal organs.
Why coconut oil? Oh gosh my dear, you have been in the dark for far too long. According to Authority Nutrition, Coconut oil is good for fat burn, reducing hunger, blood cholesterol improvements, boosts brain functionality for humans with Alzheimer’s and much more.
In other words, buy jars and jars of organic coconut oil. It’s great for everything!!!
6. 20 core, arm & leg exercises
I made the decision to complete a full body exercise everyday until my last breath on this earth. Not with the primary purpose to lose weight, but to awaken my muscles at the beginning of the day, striving for a healthy lifestyle.
If I compile too many exercises at the same time, after a week I would quit. Choose which limit is good for you. Don’t add too much to the list because every morning you would begin to dread having to complete them and soon you will find this new habit obsolete in your life.
P.s. Also find time in your day for rigorous exercise for at least 30 minutes!!! Your body needs it!
7. QT with Jesus
QT means Quiet Time. This for me is the most important habit. Without spiritual direction at the beginning of the day, my mind is bound to falling into many negative traps.
This QT is spent on reading scripture (The Bible) & having a conversation with Jesus (prayer). Its crazy how much more focused I become after I feed my spirit with pure goodness!
Check it out, one of my favourite verses highlighting the importance of reading scripture: Joshua 1:8: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
P.s. Don’t let the 10 minutes inhibit you from starting a conversation with Jesus all throughout your day. He’s always listening.
8. Drink 1 cup of Warm Lemon Water
Not only are you drinking a normal cup of warm lemon water, but it is mixed with cinnamon, turmeric and honey. Definitely a significant boost of health and wellness benefits. You’re probably thinking… What is this concoction and why does this need to be apart of my morning routine?!?!?!
How to Make it: Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of water. Make sure to stir these ingredients well. Add cinnamon on top and continue to stir. Then take a drink and you are all set.
After all of the healthy & physical habits, its time to invigorate your mind with taking at least 10 minutes to read a chapter or section of the book you’re currently reading.
Why does this matter? James Altucher, my newest mentor in the business industry says, “Reading is the best return on investment. You have to live your entire life in order to know one life. But with reading you can know 1000s of people’s lives for almost no cost. What a great return!”
Do you agree? If so, pick up a book!
10. Eat breakfast
I doubt I have to explain much on this. YOU MUST EAT BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE.
I usually boil 2-3 eggs or scramble 2-3 eggs with spinach, tomato & mushrooms. Yes indeed, it’s extremely yummy!!!
“If you win the morning. You win the day.”
– James Altucher
P.S. Don’t forget to brush your teeth, floss & bathe. But they weren’t cool enough to make it on the list.
What more motivation do you need to start spicing up your morning to begin a productive, passionate & positive day? Wake Up from the path society aspects you to step on & Deviate From The Norm to step into the greatness God created you for! All beginning with a productive beginning to your day!
&& This is how Eyes of Beijing sees it\\