Do you stay up late at night? Do you hate mornings? Marcus Aurelius hated mornings. He used to say that we should think of the fact we are alive, to think of our breathing, thinking, enjoying and loving.
Aurelius had to wake up every day to confront every problem his soldiers had.
Regardless of your feelings about mornings, you should adopt a better state of mind. Start thinking positively, and start loving mornings. We will give you a few tricks to change your mindset.
The Circadian clock
We operate of a 24-hour cycle called the Circadian clock also known as “Circadian oscillator.” It’s a biological adaptation that evolved in every living being as a result of the 24-hour solar cycle of Earth.
Are you an owl or lark? This is related to the way you feel in the morning. But, everything is related to the Circadian rhythm.
The genes that regulate the circadian rhythm are somehow affected by your surrounding. If you still stay up at night, try to follow our advice and feel better in the morning.
8 tips to help you wake up happy
1. Finish simple tasks the night before
Stop losing time picking your clothes in the morning, and do that the night before. Keep your car keys in the same spot. Control your routines, and finish your tasks in the evening. Prepare your clothes, coffee, car keys and office supplies. It may seem simple, but it’s really helpful.
2. Be grateful
Don’t ignore the good things that happen to you. We are designed to think one step ahead. Learn how to use the prefrontal cortex and take things slowly. Take a deep breath and count to 10, and think of something you are grateful. It’s really important that you are grateful.
Keep your eyes closed right after you wake up. Think of someone you love. Enjoy the lovely emotions that thrive in your heart.
3. Real alarm clock
Try to wake up without an alarm clock. You won’t need one if you keep waking up at the same time. shocking your body and mind with the alarm clock on your smartphone isn’t such a good idea.
4. Practice visualization
The human brain can’t make a difference between real and unreal at an subconscious level. This is related to your mornings.
Quiet your mind and enter a mode where you see yourself being a happy and productive morning person. This is a simple trick, but works like magic. According to neuroscientist Donald Hebb, neurons that fire together, wire together.
5. Don’t “eat the frog” early in the morning
Changing your mindset often involves changing routines. Don’t do something just because you are convinced that you have to do it. Avoid doing it right after you wake up, and you will soon notice the difference.
6. Sleep well
Sleep deprivation triggers an avalanche of health problems. It causes an almost irreversible damage to the body and mind.
Scientists have confirmed the link between sleep deprivation and depression. Stick to a disciplined sleep routine and don’t skip your beauty sleep.
7. Give yourself enough time
Set your alarm clock 15-30 minutes early. Give yourself enough time to finish everything. Go to bed a little earlier than usual. It will help you a lot.
8. Think of happiness
Mindfulness is the closes thing to a magical cure. It’s a simple act of focusing your attention to the present moment.
Mindfulness helps you let feelings and thoughts come and go without any interference and rationalizing.