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Social Media has us all believe that the best morning habits of successful people are: waking up and kissing our 4 models on the cheek, immediately doing 1000 push-ups, meditating, doing yoga, launching a 7-figure business, etc. all these before 7 am.
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Reality is oftentimes very different. As I’ve discussed in a previous article (How To Wake Up Early And Not Feel Tired), mornings are usually for hitting the Snooze button, staying and cuddling with your bedsheets until it’s too late, scrolling through Social media, and so on.
Guys, I don’t always have the Pitched-Perfect Morning. But, with some consistency and a little discipline, I have way more wins than losses.
MISTAKE TO AVOID: DON’T GO TO BED LATE
Sleeping less than that is associated with an increased risk of developing many health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, strokes, and mental issues, such as anxiety, depression, and so on.
We are all victims of this. As a student my whole life, I’ve had many sleepless nights of studying for exams, or a school/university project. And as a teenager, I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights going out and partying like a maniac. I’m no better than you.
But I’ve come to realize that, without enough sleep, you won’t be giving your 100% at school or work- no matter how many cups of coffee you drink or how many slaps you give to your face.
So, don’t go to bed late.
How Should You Approach The Very First Minutes After You Wake Up?
If you want to maximize your early minutes and get your day started the best way possible, then you should try one if not all of these really simple yet effective tips, and turn them into morning habits.
- Drink Water
Think about it.
You’ve *hopefully* been asleep for 7-8 hours, that’s great!
But without any fluid coming in, your body is dehydrated in the mornings, so it requires some water ASAP.
I try to drink 0.5 to 1lt of water as soon as I wake up. That’s enough to get me hydrated and activate my digestive system.
- Limit Your Distractions
From the moment you wake up, you’re potentially being bombarded from a ton of distractions, most of them coming from your phone.
If you are someone that knows that you have messages or emails to respond, then do yourself a favor and don’t check them.
Actually, don’t even bother checking your phone all together.
Getting a preview of what’s waiting for you at work will cause you anxiety, instead of productivity.
Meditation is one of those things that at the beginning you absolutely hate it and you view it as a “chore”, but meditating only 5-10 minutes in the morning has incredible benefits that will up your productivity in no time!
Some of the benefits are:
- It sets a tone of calm and peacefulness for the entire day.
- It gives you more energy.
- Builds focus.
- Meditation gives you an overall sense of well-being.
- Don’t Skip Breakfast
I know, we’ve all been in a situation where we don’t have the time to eat breakfast, especially as a student I was skipping breakfast most of the time. But there’s no excuse to skip the most important meal of the day.
Make yourself an extra 10-15 minutes by waking up a little earlier, so you can cook yourself a healthy, nutritious meal packed with complex carbs, proteins, and make sure you add a fruit in there!
A healthy breakfast should give you the necessary amount of energy to kick-start your day.
- Shower, Shave & Get Ready For The Day!
You can get really sweaty during your sleep, especially on the summer days. Showering in the morning is a necessity.
There’s no worse feeling than getting just in time for work/school, only to realize that you stink. This is a confidence killer.
For some men, shaving is a chore. But I actually enjoy it. I like the feeling of cleanness a shaved face gives me.
You can skip this part if you have a beard or trying to get one.
Implementing these 5 habits to your morning routine will have you thrive throughout the day!
I’m a firm believer that a good morning routine keeps you stress-free, and leads to a successful day.
Consistently having good mornings, means you have successful days. And when you have consistently successful days, it leads to a successful life.
I think that covers up just about all my best simple, but effective morning habits that I personally use, but if you have another awesome habit that currently works for you, please feel free to leave a comment down below this article!