3 Morning Habits for a Healthy Body and a Healthy Mind… and it’s not meditate or journal… although those things are important too.
Trying to build a healthy body and healthy mind that’s BULLET PROOF to whatever life throws at ya? Trying to crush it at this thing called life? We all are. Join the club! But here’s the thing… you are and always will be the product of your habits. What you do on a day-to-day basis, the actions that you take, form the identity that you are. And it all starts with your morning routine.
Don’t identify as a morning person? Maybe it’s because you’re not in the habit of waking up early.
Don’t identify as fit? Maybe it’s because you’re not actively in the habit of “doing” fitness; going to the gym or eating healthy.
Don’t identify as smart? Maybe it’s because you’re not actively in the habit of prioritizing learning.
The actions that you take on a day-to-day basis form your identity. Your habits form your identity.
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SO. Let’s start the day RIGHT. With some healthy morning habits.
Here are 3 morning habits for a healthy body and a healthy mind.
1. DON’T SNOOZE
Woah. DON’T SNOOZE? BUT BUT :(((
You heard. DON’T. FRICKEN. SNOOZE.
Think about it. You set an alarm everyday to wake up. You set this alarm with the intention that it will give you enough time to get ready for work and for your tasks of the day.
THIS IS THE FIRST PROMISE YOU ARE MAKING AND BREAKING TO YOURSELF.
BY SNOOZING ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS, YOU ARE NOT TAKING YOUR COMMITMENTS SERIOUSLY, YOU ARE NOT HOLDING YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE.
Show yourself respect by upholding the promises you make to yourself. Not to mention… snoozing only creates ANXIETY. NOW you have less time to shower, brush your teeth, your hair, make breakfast, meditate, say your affirmations, journal, go for a run, read the news or WHATEVER THE HECK ELSE YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE MORNING.
Not only do you have less time to DO those things, you also now run the risk of being LATE. And you know my friends, early is on time and on time is late.
PLUS. Snoozing is just a complete waste of time. You are not getting any sort of quality sleep in those 8 minutes you keep snoozing for.
Wake up when you say you will. Set yourself up for success, STICK to the VERY FIRST commitment you made. Stop snoozing.
Your life will improve ten-fold. I promise.
2. MAKE YOUR BED
Okay. These habits are starting to seem kinda silly. But seriously this habit has changed my life. It’s similar to “No Snoozing” in that it sets you up for success.
You wake up, and what is the first thing you do? You accomplish a task. The task of being neat, tidy, organized and clean. Again, this is setting you up for SUCCESS, it is setting the TONE for the day. It is creating a feeling of ORDER or CALM.
If you’ve done NOTHING ELSE in your day, if your day was COMPLETE SHIT, and you got absolutely NOTHING DONE, AT THE VERY LEAST YOU MADE YOUR BED AND YOU CAN COME HOME TO A CLEAN, ORGANIZED, HAPPY SLEEPING SPACE.
PLUS. Making your bed creates the illusion of a clean room. So if you’re just a messy person in general… making your bed can give the illusion of tidiness. 😉
MAKE YOUR BED PEOPLE. Trust me. Just do it.
3. DO THE HARDEST TASK FIRST
Okay now for the good shit.
As we go about our day, our hours, our LIFE, our ego is trying to protect us by making us feel comfortable. But if we remain comfortable for our entire lives, we will absolutely never improve or get anything done, or become the very best versions of ourselves.
One thing our ego does to keep us comfortable is it asks us to PROCRASTINATE tasks that makes us feel uneasy, cause anxiety, or are just plain annoying. We put them off and we feel at ease. “Oh, I’ll just workout AFTER work”. C’mon B you know you’re not going to workout after a looonnngggggggg exhausting day at work. ESPECIALLY if you have to go home and get your sneakers first. “Oh, I’ll go through my workout AFTER I eat breakfast.” *finishes breakfast* “I should shower first cuz I want clean sweat”. *showers* “WHOOPS NOW I DON’T HAVE TIME GOTTA CATCH THE BUS I’LL DO IT WHEN I GET HOME LATER”.
DO YOU SEE THE PATTERN? A later person REALLY means a NEVER person. If you keep procrastinating the most annoying, or difficult, or uneasy task, YOU WILL NEVER DO IT.
AND GUESS WHAT! THAT will just create MORE anxiety in the long run.
Every night before you go to bed, look at the tasks you need to complete, whether it be for work, working out, family, whatever. Find the task that is the most important, find the task that gives you the most anxiety. DO THAT TASK FIRST. AND DON’T DO ANYTHING ELSE UNTIL THAT TASK IS COMPLETE.
Set yourself up for success. Trust your instincts. Respect the promises you’ve made to yourself. Show up for yourself the same way you would respect your mother, your boss, your co-worker, your best friend. Show up, and do the dang thing. You got this!
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