8 Reasons Morning Pages Make You Feel Better

8 Reasons Morning Pages Make You Feel Better

Many people wonder what morning pages are. They try to figure out what the best time of the day to do them is, how long to write and how many pages, whether it should be done on an empty stomach, after meditation, what exactly should be written and how to prepare.

Seriously, people search for all of these online. And I can only hope that they actually sit down and do some writing after that (and it’s longer that the browsing).

Because that’s what morning pages are.

You just sit down in the morning and write.

Simple as that.

Of course, there are things you can do that will improve the experience and overall effect. Like doing it right after you get up, as a part of your morning routine, writing for a long time, eliminating distractions and trying to really focus.
All this makes it more helpful and it becomes a successful habit.

But all you need to do is make some time each morning to write for a while. And soon you’ll feel the profound effect they have on you in so many ways.

So do they really work? Yes!

Even if you don’t fancy writing, you can still do this quick exercise. And if done repeatedly, you’ll see improvement in many areas of your daily life.

Benefits of the morning pages exercise

1. It clears your mind.

The early morning, no one to disturb you, it’s just you and the paper/laptop. That’s the best way to clear your mind.

2. You share stuff.

There are always things on our mind that need to be let out. And writing them down helps a lot.

3. New ideas.

It’s also a creative process and once you start writing (even if it’s just journaling your thoughts), you come up with ideas. It’s just how creativity and the state of flow work. All you need to do is start.

4. You learn new things about yourself.

Writing is also a therapy.

It’s a healing exercise that helps you find out things about your inner self that you didn’t know before. Not that they didn’t exist, but that you just didn’t know about them.

Writing comes from the inside. You can’t really be superficial while doing it. So you touch deeper levels of consciousness and thus connect with your spiritual side.

5. It lets you focus.

In order to write, you need to ignore everything else and just concentrate on the sentence you’re writing at each moment. That helps you find focus more easily later in the day too.

6. Relief.

After you let it all out, you feel relieved. It’s a great experience.

7. It helps you stay sane.

I believe that doing that quick exercise as a part of your daily morning routine can influence your whole life after some time.

Because if you start each day by spending some time writing down the things in your head, being only with your thoughts, sharing them and clearing your mind, you will be less stressed and overwhelmed in general.

8. You awake the creative genius inside.

After doing morning pages for some time, you’ll start writing better. Your approach will change – you won’t find it hard to start with the first sentence anymore.

In fact, it will be a process of flow and each word will be followed by many others without you putting any effort.

Writing is a creative process. And even if you’ve never had the urge to do it before, with practice, you can get better and make it a habit.

So these are 8 of the reasons why writing is a great activity to include in your morning ritual. It’s quick, easy and pleasant. And the benefits are beyond measure.

What other advantages can you think of? Have you tried doing morning pages?

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I recently created a whole book about morning pages. Inside you’ll find all the questions you ever had about this practice answered in a simple and understandable way.

Check it out.

 

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How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

How Supplements Can Improve Your Overall Health

Dietary requirements, allergies, intolerances, illnesses and other factors can prevent us from getting optimum nutrients and vitamins from food alone. That’s why millions of people all over the world take supplements each day, whether they are recommended by a doctor to treat a deficiency, or just to ensure people get enough of what their diet lacks.

In this article, we’ll give a list of popular recommended supplements to top up your diet and ensure you’re getting the correct dosage of some important nutrients.

Most supplements can be taken harmlessly with no side effects, but you should always thoroughly check labels and get proper medical advice if you’re unsure. For instance, St John’s Wort is widely considered an herbal remedy for depression but can actually decrease the effectivity of contraceptive pills.

For insight into your personal needs, consult with a doctor or nutritionist. Especially if you have a condition that restricts your diet, or you simply want to check that a particular supplement won’t affect any medication you take.

Popular Supplements

Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria usually taken in tablet or powder form as supplements for a healthy digestion and immune system. It helps ‘good’ gut bacteria flourish, which in turn helps your immune system to kill bad bacteria that could make you sick.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics basically enable the full effect of probiotics to take hold – think of it like a fertilizer enabling garden plants to properly grow. Find the best prebiotic supplement by visiting chemists, health stores or online.

Multivitamins

Multivitamins are a great solution for busy people. Simply pop one tablet that contains a cocktail of essential vitamins and nutrients! Most multivitamins contain things necessary for everybody, like vitamins A, E, C, K; folic acid; calcium; phosphorous; magnesium; iron; iodine; and plenty more.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is necessary to get through food sources or supplements each day because it can’t be stored in the human body. It’s an antioxidant which increases the volume of iron we can absorb from foods – therefore those with iron deficiency or anaemia should get lots of vitamin C too. It is easily found in fresh vegetables, citrus fruits or supplements, which you can buy cheaply in supermarkets.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb calcium and phosphate for healthy bones. Supplements help to ensure you get enough daily vitamin D, but you can get it in your diet by eating lots of fatty fish, red meat and eggs. (Vegetarians and vegans therefore should invest in supplements.)

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 facilitates the proper functioning of the nervous system and is involved in the creation of blood cells. It’s vital that everyone gets enough B12.

Though it is usually found in meat and animal products like chicken, milk and eggs – this is another essential supplement for those following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Iron

Iron is especially vital for women and pregnant women. It is involved in the transportation of oxygen around the body in the blood, which is needed to create energy.

If you experience fatigue, you could be lacking iron or suffering from anaemia. Iron supplements are helpful to top up your blood iron, but you could also eat a diet full of spinach, broccoli, nuts, seeds, brown rice, dried fruit and red meat.

Zinc

Zinc is said to regulate immune function, have effects on memory and learning ability, and help wounds heal quickly. It’s possible to get too much zinc, so it is mostly included in multivitamins rather than a supplement on its own.

Calcium

Calcium is important for healthy bones. Since it is most prevalent in dairy products, vegans or just those who don’t eat much dairy should consider taking a supplement, or a multivitamin containing calcium.

Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil contains plenty of omega-3, vitamin A and vitamin D. It can help with skin diseases, like eczema and rashes, and can help reduce inflammation of the joints and arthritis.

Eating a diet full of fresh foods is essential for good overall health. Though if your diet restricts you from getting some of these necessary vitamins, supplements are a helpful and convenient way to replace them. Ask a doctor’s advice for help with balancing your diet, or you’re experiencing any symptoms associated with lack of vitamins.