Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed today? In the worlds of the most productive and happy people, there is no wrong side of the bed. Whatever side of the bed they get up on is the right side because they make it so. The real secret to the good life is taking responsibility for making your life good.
We can’t be both victims and creators. Creators are not victims; they are opportunity-makers who take everything that comes their way with a grateful heart and make the most of it. The perfect morning routine is not about having the best of everything, but making the best of everything.
That means we all have the ability to design a truly charmed life, so long as we are willing to take responsibility. “No one can do your sit-ups for you” says Jim Rohn. The good news is that we can start where we at with what we have. With these simple shifts in thinking, anyone can create a truly perfect morning routine.
Here are a few tips to help anyone start designing their life for greatness:
1. Prime Your Positivity
Starting the day with some positive reading material is one of the most effective ways to promise a good day. That’s because it sets your mind up for positive thinking for the rest of the day. Without a positive mind-set in the morning, you are easily persuaded to skip a workout, eat something you know you shouldn’t and overall, succumb to a low-quality day. It’s all too easy to wake up in the morning feeling exhausted, rigid or stressed about how the day will go and then letting those minor issues set the pace of your day.
If the first thing you do when you wake up is give your attention to negativity, then you can quickly fall into a downward spiral. Our thoughts influence our actions; therefore, negative thoughts will produce negative actions and a bad day.
Each morning we are presented with an opportunity to direct our thoughts as opposed to let them control us. If you can train your mind to wake up with positivity then you can create a positive day. Here are a few ways to start mastering your thoughts and add some seriously good pep to your step:
- Focus on what’s good. If you’re feeling weak, it’s easy to focus on the weakness – negativity is like gravity. To rise above negativity, you need to notice what you do have as opposed to what you lack. An attitude of gratitude never fails.
- Become an alchemist. Gratitude transforms pain into pleasure, failure into opportunity. If your back hurts, see it as a way to devote your morning workout to a 15-minute back stretch and warm up.
- Get motivated. Right when you wake up, get on your laptop or iPhone and watch a motivational workout video, your favorite musician perform, or a healthy organic recipe video to inspire you. You can also read, listen to podcasts, or hop on PaleoHacks for some daily inspiration and motivation!
2. Shock Your System
Most of us fall asleep in a box; on a box after hours of staring into these boxes we call computers. Though technology does wonders for the advancement of life, it has its darkness, too. Too much of it keeps us introverted, disconnected from nature, and drains our spirits.
Habits like technology addiction, poor sleep and sitting inside all day can wreak havoc on our nervous systems. The results are an overstimulated sympathetic nervous system that causes tons of stress in the body. Any stress in the body will divert our attention and energy to the troubled source and away from things such as creativity, good ideas, and overall clear thinking.
One of the simplest health hacks is the idea of polar plunging. Traditionally, you would go outside – preferably nude – and reconnect with the elements by diving into icy cold water. Not only does this stimulate your immune system and ramp up your metabolic rate by 500%, but it also holistically rejuvenates your body with the elements.
Our body’s hormonal system is in tune with the magnetic poles of the earth. So when we dive into natural bodies of water, we’re simultaneously invigorating our body while grounding with our natural habitats. If you’re not up for skinny-dipping in your local river, no worries, here are a few simple ways to rejuvenate and nourish your mind-body connection:
- Go barefoot. First thing in the morning, get yourself outside and connect with Mother Earth. Putting your bare feet on natural ground discharges your body of negatively-charged ions from technology. Too much technological stress can interfere big time with our capacity to think cognitively and clearly. Simply standing barefoot in some grass for five minutes in the morning will reboot your hormonal system and discharge you of negative energy.
- Take a cold shower. If you’re not up for natural cold bodies of water then work your way there with a cold shower in the privacy of your own home. I still advise getting into nature first thing in the morning! Cold showers boost your metabolic rate, improve circulation to the brain, and strengthen the digestive system. I highly recommend doing your research!
- Exercise. You don’t need to do a 5 a.m. hot yoga class or power sprint through the bleachers to invigorate your day. You would be amazed at how a simple body weight routine in the morning will dramatically improve your thinking and even digestion throughout the day. Just ten minutes of light stretching, twisting and jumping in the morning can make the difference between digesting your dinner properly or not.
3. Eat For Energy
While we sleep, the body is cleansing and detoxifying. This process makes the body become acidic and dehydrated. Therefore, when we wake up it’s crucial that we rehydrate if we want to perform our best. So often we wake up reaching for coffee, sugar and starchy carbohydrates because our adrenals are dragging. This leads to us ultimately becoming burned out and fatigued.
It’s amazing how simply hydrating the body with mineral-rich liquids and foods energizes the body and mind. Not only does it wake up the body with a healthy dose of energy, but it also removes the craving for stimulants. I suggest keeping breakfast hydrating, cleansing, probiotic-rich, protein- and mineral-rich, and easy to digest. My recommendations for breakfast are as follows:
- Warm lemon water with a pinch of unrefined sea salt. Lemon juice makes the cell structure of water more bioavailable, hydrating us more effectively than standard water. Adding real sea salt makes it a natural electrolyte drink with over 70 trace minerals.
- Get your greens. A green juice made of cucumber, celery, lemon and parsley is a great way to start the day. Because the fiber is removed in juicing, the nutrients are absorbed within minutes. Green juices are loaded with electrolytes and minerals that rapidly hydrate — you will feel your brain turn on within minutes. Vitality Supergreens by Body Ecology is an awesome greens powder if you can’t juice or you’re on-the-go. It’s packed with beneficial bacteria (probiotics), protein, and minerals; not to mention, it tastes great.
- Get your soup on. Though an uncommon breakfast choice in America, soup is a phenomenal breakfast food. It may seem weird at first if you’re used to a typical American-style breakfast, but it’s well worth the try. First of all, it is loaded with water and minerals, which will hydrate you. If you can digest it, adding sprouted quinoa to your slow-cooked soup for an easy-to-digest source of amino acids will fuel your brain for the rest of the day. Sprouted grains are also very hydrating. Be sure to make your soups with celery and high-quality sea salt — and try seaweeds if you’re up to it! They are packed with minerals.
- Blend it up. A liquid breakfast is the ideal option. It’s easy on the digestive system, which is helpful considering the digestive system isn’t fully active until midday. Smoothies are great because they’re filling yet still easily assimilated. The problem with most smoothies is that they are loaded with fruit. Though fruit is a great option for post-workout – as long as you digest sugar well – it doesn’t provide optimal fuel for the brain in the morning. 70 million people suffer from digestive issues in America and won’t do well eating high-sugar fruit. Therefore, they will want a low-glycemic option packed with healthy fats and protein.
Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
Hydrating Morning Green Smoothie
- 16 oz spring water
- greens powder like Body Ecology’s Super Spirulinaor Vitality SuperGreens
- 1 avocado
- raw coconut oil/cream
- stevia to sweeten