How your day begins often sets the tone for how the rest of it will unfold. Being proactive about how you start your day can help to maximize the number of really good days you get to enjoy. The following are five simple, effective steps to help you begin each day with positive momentum and a joyful state of mind. This can pave the way for an amazing experience each day and add up to a happy, healthy life:
Meditation has numerous health benefits ranging from physical to emotional to spiritual. Just 10 minutes of meditation per day can lead to lowered inflammation in the body, a stronger immune system, a happier, more consistent mood, a better capacity for handling stress, and a stronger sense of well being.
Mindfulness meditation is one of the most basic and effective forms, and it can bring benefits to your body, mind and spirit. Meditation reconnects you to your true self and allows you to be more calm, focused, and balanced throughout the day. Sit quietly and focus your awareness on your breath as it flows in and out. If any distracting thoughts or emotions come up, watch these as well, and let them pass through; don’t engage them or become swept away by them.
Allow the transcendent part of you that is watching what happens to grow stronger and more luminous. This is your true self, your eternal spirit, your connection to the Oneness and All That Is. In this space, you are safe and connected with everything you need to live your best life. Allow this energy to grow stronger and stay present with you throughout the day.
2. Cultivate Gratitude
The energy of gratitude is one of the most powerful fields that you can tap into. After your meditation, take some time to reflect on all the things you are currently grateful for – all the things that have been going well lately. They can be small or major things; nothing should be taken for granted. You can feel grateful about the weather or your eyesight or the fact that you have a home. The Universe responds to an attitude of gratitude by bringing you even more things to feel grateful for.
3. Set Positive Intentions and Visualize Success
Next, review your goals both short and long-term. Are you on track with your plans and dreams? Are you in tune with the highest path of your true self? Take some time to reaffirm your goals and set intentions both short and long-term. Mentally visualize yourself achieving your goals and having a wonderful day today. See yourself in gratitude tomorrow morning reflecting on the amazing day you just had “yesterday.”
4. A Healthy, Nutritious Breakfast
Make time for a healthy breakfast each morning. Protein, fruit and whole grains are often ideal, but you know what’s best for you. Consider Greek yogurt, cooked eggs or egg whites, peanut butter, walnuts or cottage cheese for your protein. Oatmeal, granola or whole wheat toast are possible whole grain ideas, and fruits like blueberries, bananas, pineapple and strawberries can help you to start the day right. Mix and match healthy foods to avoid boredom, and be sure to hydrate well for the day.
5. Yoga, Stretching, Exercise
You can do one of these things or some combination of all three – the important thing is to engage your muscles and physical body to begin the day. Doing something physical moves you into “action mode” and allows you to face the day with a sense of excitement and adventure about the next chapter ahead.
The morning and first hour of the day will often set the tone for how the rest of the day will unfold. These five simple steps can help anyone to take control of their destiny and create a calm yet energized vibe as they start their day. Feel free to change the order or add your own customized steps to further enhance the effects of a positive morning routine.
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