When you wake up in the morning, what do you do first thing (morning regimens)?
Do you grab your cell phone and check your Facebook account? Do you stretch your body? Or do you jump out of bed right away? And, after all that, do you think of ways to get on with your schedule, what to cook, where to go, and all those stuff?
Whatever it is that you are doing, Navy SEAL leader, Mark Divine, says that the first things you do in the morning could affect your entire day.
And sometimes, these tiny pressures and decision-making could eat up an amount of energy in your body. At the end of the day, you are feeling tired, drained, or stressed.
Because of the nature of Divine’s work as a combat fighter, he was able to come up with a list of morning regimens or list of good habits to practice in the morning, every time you wake up, which could reserve energy and keep you focused all day long.
Here are the 6 morning regimens for you to develop and practice every day:
Search for a relaxing space in your house (other than your room) for you to have some privacy and self-contemplating. You could meditate, pray, or give your mind a time to slowly activate. Think of it as like a faucet opening slowly.
Due to our busy lifestyles, not many people spend time keeping in touch with themselves. But keeping the harmony of the mind in check is actually very important in keeping a good perspective about the world we live in.
Ever wonder why your level of judgment is also affected by the state of mind you are in?
When your mind is clear, you make way for sound thinking and rational reasoning which affects the way you comprehend and act towards certain stimuli.
Then before eating breakfast or doing anything else, drink a fresh, clean water first to get your body hydrated. Imagine a car that needs the gasoline first before it could go for long hours of drive.
The water you drink early in the morning has a way of activating the body’s many organs which were previously on a restful state during sleep. As such, when you drink water early in the morning, you condition your body to be at its optimum state at the start.
Take a few moments to think about things you could be thankful for. It could be the fact that you are still alive or the ones you care for. Or it could also be the things you cherish and look after.
Write down your goals, plans, and purpose for the day, and be excited about them. Setting directions of what to do early in the day gives your daily life purpose. This is so much better than having nothing and find your purpose in the dark, metaphorically.
Lastly, think about the people whom you could appreciate, serve, and show gratitude for the day. Doing this gives you a positive atmosphere and good vibes for the day.
Do a breathing exercise for about 5 minutes. Specifically instructed by Divine, inhale and hold your breath for 5 counts, then exhale and hold your breath again for 5 counts. Do this for about 5 minutes.
This exercise helps your muscle to relax and allows the oxygen in your body to be normally transported. Furthermore, it also lowers your blood pressure, allows endorphins to be released in your body, reduces stress, and calms the mind and body.
Just imagine having to start a day right by having a well-relaxed body due to this simple breathing exercise.
Coordinate Your Mind and Body
Make body movements and allow your mind to focus. You do not have to be an athlete or a dancer to put heavy importance between body and mind coordination. Even for an average person who neither play sports nor do body movements is at a significant advantage when you let your mind be in sync with your body.
But, of course, you are twice as benefited if you invest in your body’s ability to smoothly interact between thinking and actions. Did you ever got to ask yourself where the idea of “warm ups” came from?
Take brisk walking or jogging, for example. These activities may seem like mindless to you but, in reality, there is good sense of body and mind coordination taking place with these.
End your regimen by taking a second look at your goals and plans for the day, and see if there are adjustments to make.
Some may take you for a daydreamer who dreams while fully awake. But do not let name callers sidetrack you into picturing what you want in life for the future. After all, that is your life and you are the commander of your own ship. Do not let some random people do the actual steering of the wheel for you when you know where you should be headed in the first place.
This may sound like being presumptive about the future which is uncertain for many people. But having good prospect in the future is actually good when paving way to specific future goals.
Summary: Morning Regimens
Prepare for a healthy and nutritious breakfast. You would need all the fuel you can get to kickstart your day for some hard and serious work. Coincidentally, the foods you eat will also serve as a needed reinforcement for the strengthening of your body. You cannot, after all, do some work with an empty stomach, no matter how cliche that sounds like.
Once you are all fueled up and ready to move, ensure that your body is at its tip-top shape. Let no aspects of it get cranky. You may hate to see yourself as a machine but you have got to “oil” yourself from within. This means keeping your physical body and spirit “well-oiled” to be at its best.
By practicing these morning regimens first thing in the morning, you get the following benefits: you boost your energy levels, clear your mind, and attain more missions for the day.