The first one hour in the morning is a must for all those who wish to be the best version of themselves. In this essay, you will learn guidelines for how I design an ideal and positive day and be able to conquer anything that may stand in the way. From staying focused and being productive, to tackling your own mental health concerns, this essay has something for everyone.
When you wake up, the first thing you must do is go to the bathroom. After you have relieved yourself of all your morning fluids, make sure to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with water.
The first one hour of your morning is the most important part. If you conquer the first hour with a positive attitude, you will have a great day. If you don’t, then nothing else will matter.
Never start your day by checking email or notifications or even worst, social media. This will only stress you out and give you a feeling of being behind.
Start your day with a stretch. Stretch every muscle in your body. Hold each stretch for at least 10 seconds. Make sure to be conscious of your breathing while you are stretching.
Start your morning with positive books that will motivate you. Try to read at least one page in the morning, no matter how early in the day it is. This will set the tone for the rest of your day. Read biographies of people you respect and admire, or inspirational stories about their success in life, if it is written well you can extract some valuable information from it that can be applied to your own life.
For me, I start my day with a morning page (also known as morning pages) and my most important task of the day. Morning page is a mental exercise where you write three pages of anything and everything you want, without stopping for at least 15 minutes. Some people find it helpful to use a timer or alarm to remind them that they shouldn’t stop writing until the time has passed.
I put three things in this exercise: what I plan for the day, things I am grateful for and things that I forgive or I want to let go of. I do this exercise almost every day (sone exception for the day I had crazy deadlines or my sleep pattern went south). I use the time to clear my head, plan for the rest of my day and reflect on what I want to achieve.
I don’t really have a rule for this. But some people that I know do the 5-5-5 rule for this exercise. Every morning, set aside 15 minutes to think about ourselves and what you want to do to accomplish that day.
Mental exercise such as morning pages has been proven by science to improve mental health and relieve stress. Some individuals find it to be addictive. But I don’t think it really matters if you do this a few times a week or every day. What is important is that you do something for yourself and your mind.
The last thing I do in the morning is to meditate for five minutes. This helps me clear my head and relax my muscles especially after a full night of sleep. While I don’t always do this every day but I try to consistently do it almost every morning. If I am on a tight schedule or a full day ahead, I skip this step.
Praying also is a good form of meditation and reflection. Setting up a morning ritual for yourself is a powerful thing. If you have little time to do this in the morning, then try to squeeze this in your lunch break or even during your commute to work (I’ll share this at another time). Also, there are products available like Headspace that help you meditate for 15 minutes.
If you struggle with meditation or don’t have a routine that helps you to relax, then try the following breathing exercises:
Breathe in slowly through your nose for four seconds. Hold it for four seconds. Exhale through your mouth slowly for eight seconds. Hold it for eight seconds. Repeat this cycle six times. You can repeat this cycle twice more if needed or do additional cycles to get the desired effect.
Avoid screen time in the first one hour if you can. If you decide to go on social media, do it in the last hour of your day and don’t allow yourself to check-in.
A productive morning begins with a good attitude. If you are consistent with these simple things, you will be able to face any day with confidence and success.