Wherever you are right now, take a moment to listen to the sounds around you. Listen to the breeze, the traffic, the birds, whatever exists. Now take a moment to listen to the silence; the silence that exist beyond and between the sounds around you. [Read more…]
During the day, things can go horribly wrong at any time. The boss gets on your case; disgruntled customers cuss you out over the phones; or the kids drive you up a wall. You can’t always prevent these things from happening, but it’s a good idea that your day starts off on better footing.
Try these 5 activities every morning to help your day go a little better.
While any regular regime of exercise is good for you, exercising in the morning has been found to be an easier habit to create because there are fewer things happening to squeeze it out. Added to that, morning exercise has been found to aid weight loss, improve sleep and even boost your career.
Get in the habit of doing at least 30 minutes of exercise daily, even if it’s some light stretching.
2. Eat Breakfast
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, yet, it is one that is regularly skipped by a large number of people. The benefits of a healthy breakfast are numerous. It can help you lose weight, improve your health and feel more energised and alert.
Make it a habit to eat a high protein breakfast every morning within 2-3 hours of rising.
By meditating, you help yourself to focus and to better take on the tasks for the day.
I practice something called free writing, which is just writing everything in your mind. There’s no real right or wrong way to free write, but if at the end someone reads it and is utterly confused, then you’re probably doing it right. Set 15 minutes on a timer (I use my phone) and just write whatever comes to mind. At the end of the 15 minutes just stop, close the book and walk away. You can review what you’ve written at another time later in the evening.
Free writing early in the morning helps give you clarity and increase creativity. It’s a judgement free time to start your day.
5. Review your tasks for the day
Before you start your day, review the items that you have planned for the day, stating specifically what you want to achieve and by when during the course of the day. The effect of intention has been shown to improve self regulation allowing you a better chance of achieving your goals.
Your day should not include more that 3 large items to accomplish, interspersed with 2-3 smaller ones depending on the effort involved. It’s important that you don’t set yourself to fail with too many tasks.
Give these tips a try and let me know whether there is a marked improvement in your days.
If you have more tips, please share it in the comments below.
The flu got me good!
I had a fever of 102 °F, aches all over, and a headache that just wouldn’t go away. I felt like my teeth were going to fall out and my eyes were going to pop!
To prevent the symptoms from getting to me, I chose to meditate for a while. I spent some time feeling the symptoms. How my skin burned and my eyes itched. How my joints hurt and air felt like acid to my nose when breathed in.
In this state of awareness I decided to contemplate life and its purpose. [Read more…]
I have long pondered the relationship between happiness and success. I came across this TED talk by Shawn Achor and decided to write this post that was long outstanding.
Many people have believed, and possibly wrongly so, that in the pursuit of success, you will find happiness. “When I get that new job I will be happy.” or ” When I get that promotion I will be happy.” But in life, what we experience is only fleeting happiness when the do get the job or the promotion, or worst, what happens when we don’t get it. [Read more…]