8 Things To Do Before 8 AM
8 Things to Do Before 8 am for a Better Morning Routine
We are all so preoccupied with our daily lives that it can seem almost impossible to fulfill our dreams. If you have a full-time job and children, it becomes even more difficult.
So how do you move forward?
If you don't consciously take the time every day to move forward, you won't realize that it will already be too late. You will be old, wrinkled and discontented, weighed down by the weight of regret.
As Professor Harold Hill said, "You accumulate enough tomorrow, until the day comes when all you have left is a good number of years gone by."
Rethinking your life to get out of survival mode
This article will invite you to rethink your entire way of life. The goal is to help you simplify your life to get back to basics.
Unfortunately, most people are distracted from the basics and don't have time to build on meaningful things.
These people are in survival mode. Are you in survival mode?
Like Bilbo, most of us are like butter spread on an oversized piece of bread. Unfortunately, the bread is not even ours, but someone else's. Very few have taken the time to take charge of their lives.
Until recently, it was socially and culturally accepted to live according to the imposed conditions of others. And unfortunately, many people from generation Y - those born between 1980 and 2000 - continue to perpetuate this worldview because it is the only one we have taught them.
However, more and more people are realizing that it is possible to live every moment of your life on your own terms.
You are the master of your own destiny. You are in charge. It is up to you to decide. You must make the decisions because if you don't, someone else will. Being indecisive is a bad decision.
With this simple morning routine, your life will quickly move in the right direction.
This may seem like a long list. But in fact, it's really quite simple:
- Wake up
- Get a clear head
- Get moving
- Eat foods that are healthy for your body
- Get ready for your day
- Educate yourself
- Read your life goals (perspective)
- Take a step towards your long-term goals
Let's get started!
1. Get at least 7 hours of restful sleep
Let's be honest. Sleeping is just as important as eating and drinking water. Despite this, millions of people don't get enough sleep and, as a result, suffer from many problems related to sleep deprivation.
The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has conducted surveys revealing that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders. In addition, 60% of adults and 69% of children, experience one or more sleep problems a few nights or more during a week.
In addition, more than 40% of adults have daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities at least a few days a month - with 20% reporting a sleepiness problem a few days a week or more.
Conversely, getting a good night's sleep has many benefits:
- A better memory
- Longer life expectancy
- Reduced inflammation
- Greater creativity
- Better concentration and attention span
- Decrease in fat and increase in muscle mass if you practice sports
- Reduced stress levels
- Reduction in the consumption of stimulants, such as coffee
- A reduction in the risk of accidents
- Reduced risk of depression
- And many more... Do a Google search.
Good sleep is the highest priority. If you don't respect this, the other tips in this article will be worthless. What's the point of waking up at 5 a.m. if you went to bed three hours earlier?
You won't last long.
You can use stimulants to compensate, but it's not sustainable. In the long run, your health will suffer. The goal should be to enjoy it as long as possible.
2. Meditate or pray to facilitate clear thinking and abundance
After a good, healthy, restful night's sleep, it's important to focus your energy on positive thoughts. Meditation or prayer can help you do this.
Meditating or praying makes you feel a strong sense of gratitude for all that you have. Gratitude is having an abundance mindset. When you think abundantly, opportunities and possibilities become endless for you.
People are like magnets. When you are grateful for what you have, you will attract even more positive things. Gratitude is contagious.
Gratitude may be the most important key to success. It has been called the mother of all virtues.
If you start each morning by putting yourself in a space of gratitude and clarity, you will attract the best the world has to offer and not fall into distraction.
3. Engage in regular physical activity
Despite ample evidence of the benefits of exercise, only one-third of American men and women between the ages of 25 and 64 engage in regular physical activity according to the Center for Disease Control's National Health Interview Survey.
If you want to be among the healthy, happy and productive people in the world, get in the habit of exercising regularly. Many people go to the gym immediately to get their bodies moving.
I've recently found that doing some early morning gardening fills me with inspiration and clarity.
Whatever your preference, get your body moving.
Engaging in physical activity decreases your chances of depression, anxiety and stress. It is also linked to greater success in your career.
If you don't take care of your body, every other aspect of your life will suffer. Human beings are holistic beings.
4. Eat 30 grams of protein
Donald Layman, professor emeritus of nutrition at the University of Illinois, recommends eating at least 30 grams of protein for breakfast.
Entrepreneur Timothy Ferriss, in his book 4 Hours a Week for a Great Body, also recommends eating 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. According to Tim, his father did this and lost 20 pounds in one month.
Protein-rich foods keep you fuller longer than other foods because they take longer to leave the stomach. In addition, protein regulates blood sugar levels, which prevents hunger spikes.
Consuming protein first decreases your cravings for foods high in refined carbohydrates. These are the types of carbohydrates that make you fat. Think breads, pastries, toast and doughnuts.
Tim makes four recommendations for getting enough protein:
- Make sure at least 40% of your breakfast is protein.
- Make it with two or three eggs (each has about 6 grams of protein).
- If you don't like eggs, replace them with turkey bacon, organic pork bacon, sausage, or cottage cheese.
- Or, you can make a protein shake with water.
- For those who avoid dairy, meat and eggs, there are plant-based proteins. Green vegetables, nuts and seeds are rich in protein.
For people who avoid dairy, meat and eggs, there are many plant-based proteins. Legumes, greens, nuts and seeds are rich in protein.
5. Take a cold shower
Tony Robbins starts every morning by jumping into a 14°C pool.
Why does he do this?
Cold water immersion radically facilitates physical and mental well-being. When practiced regularly, it provides lasting changes to your body's immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive systems that improve the quality of your life. It can also facilitate weight loss because it boosts your metabolism.
A 2007 study found that taking a cold shower regularly can help treat symptoms of depression often more effectively than any medication. Why? Because it stimulates the production of neurochemicals that contribute to a good mood.
Of course, there is a certain amount of fear to be apprehended before taking a cold shower. If you've ever tried it, you've found yourself standing outside the shower in fear of entering.
You may have even thought, "Maybe tomorrow." Only to turn the hot water handle before entering.
Or maybe you jumped into the water before quickly turning on the hot water?
What helped me was thinking of the shower as a pool. It's a real torture to go slowly into a cold pool. Just jump in. After 20 seconds, you feel better.
The same goes for taking a cold shower. You come in, your heart starts beating like crazy. Then, after 20 seconds, you feel good.
For me, it increases my willpower and increases my creativity and inspiration. While standing with the cold water hitting my back, I practice breathing slowly and calming myself. Once relaxed, I feel super happy and inspired. A lot of ideas start to flow and I become very motivated to achieve my goals.
Also, it's good to learn to overcome your fears first thing in the morning. You get a lively feeling that sets the tone for living outside your comfort zone!
6. Listen to or read an inspirational book
Ordinary people are looking for entertainment. But extraordinary people are in search of learning. It's not uncommon for successful people to read at least one book a week. They are constantly learning.
I can easily listen to an audiobook a week on my commute to school and while walking around campus.
Taking even 15-30 minutes every morning to read information that inspires and motivates has the power to change you. It helps you find the right mindset to approach your day.
In the long run, you will have read hundreds of books. You will be informed on many subjects. You will think and see the world differently. You will be able to make more connections between different subjects.
7. Read your life goals
Your goals should be written down - both short-term and long-term. Taking just a few minutes to read your life goals brings more perspective to your day.
If you read your long-term goals every day, you will think about them every day. If you think about them every day, and spend your days working toward them, they will manifest.
Achieving your goals is a science. There is no confusion or ambiguity. If you follow this simple pattern, you can achieve all your goals, no matter how big or small.
The key is to write down your goals and read them over every morning to get yourself in a condition to achieve them.
8. Do at least one thing to achieve your long-term goals
Willpower is like a muscle that wears out when exercised. Likewise, our ability to make good decisions diminishes over time. The more decisions you make, the lower the quality of those decisions, and the weaker your willpower becomes.
Therefore, you need to do the hardest things in the morning. The important things.
If you don't do them, they will never get done. By the end of your day, you will be exhausted. There will be a million reasons to start tomorrow. And you're going to start tomorrow - which won't happen.
So your mantra becomes: the worst comes first. Do what you need to do. Then start again tomorrow.
One concrete step is better than a thousand imaginary ones. If you take one each day toward your big goals, you'll realize that those goals are truly within your reach.
After you've done this, no matter what you have for the rest of your day, you will have done the basics first. You've set yourself up for success. You will have moved one step closer to your dreams.
Because you will have done all these things, you will be even more open in life. You will be more productive at your job. You will be better at relationships. You will be happier. You will be more confident. You will be more courageous and bold. You will have more clarity and vision.
Your life will move quickly in the right direction.
You can't have mornings like this all the time without spotting everything that is incompatible with your life. Those things you despise will disappear and never return.
You will quickly discover that you work with passion.
Your relationships will be passionate, meaningful, deep and fun!
You will have freedom and abundance.
The world and the universe will respond to you in beautiful ways.
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