Get Up Early to Do These 5 Things And Your Life Will Change Forever

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The power of morning routines is still underrated.

There’s so much written about them, so many people have tried one and claim to have turned their life around. And it seems to be the one thing that can affect every other area of your life.
But you’ll never know until you get up early and try it out for yourself.

A morning ritual is basically a few actions taken immediately upon waking up. It’s how your day starts and it also affects how it’s going to end.

The things you do in the first hour of your day can be stuff like being in a hurry, getting up in a bad mood, sleeping in, skipping breakfast, or eating junk food. But it can also be planning out the day, getting ready for it, enjoying your cup of coffee without being interrupted, stretching, reading, meditating, and so on.

You see the difference.

And it doesn’t come as a surprise that the person choosing the first morning routine is quite unhappy, unproductive and never gets the results he wants. While the second who decided to get up early, starts the day energized and inspired, isn’t stressed or overwhelmed, and gets a lot done until the end of it.

But in order to be like him, we first need to realize how this can change our lives exactly. So here are the things I’d encourage you to do every morning:

The Morning Habits That Can Turn Your Life Around if You Get Up Early

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1. Wake up really early.

I know it’s the hardest thing to do, but I also know the benefits.

Here I explain why becoming an early riser is so beneficial and why it’s an absolute must when it comes down to our self-improvement transformation.

How it changes your life: You have more time every day. Just imagine what you can do with around 700 extra hours per year.

You have the chance to truly experience the early morning. You’ll connect with your inner self on a deeper level just by spending time alone with your thoughts and being calm and quiet.
It’s when others are still sleeping and no one bothers you.

Start getting up early and your day will begin peacefully and you’ll be less stressed.

And if you struggle with getting out of bed in the early hours of the day – like me and so many other people – check out these tricks on how to succeed with that.

Of course, you can’t always (or ever, for that matter) do that naturally. You’ll need a tool to do the job for you and wake you up.

Using your phone isn’t a good idea, though, as it leads to using it before bed, and first thing in the morning. The standard alarm clocks also aren’t the best option as they are too noisy and get you out of a deep sleep cycle, which might lead to starting the day feeling groggy, even though you’ve slept enough.

Luckily, there are plenty of smart alarms clocks on the market. Here’s one such item:

The Newest Wake-Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock  wakes you up naturally with its sunrise stimulation wake-up light. Meaning, it starts with 10% brightness, gently leading to 100% and getting you out of the deep sleep phase.

It does the opposite too. Half an hour before sunset time, it goes from 100 to 0%, slowly turning off. Over time, its functions will help you have a fixed time for beginning and ending the day, and thus adjusting your body clock without sudden changes.

What’s more, this alarm clock serves as a bedside lamp with natural night light and FM radio.

Check it out on Amazon.

2. Keep morning pages.

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Right after you get up early, get a pen and paper or open your laptop and start writing.

Write down whatever comes to mind first – describe your dreams if you want, generate ideas, say what you want to achieve today. Or share things you’re grateful for, and a few positive affirmations. Think about what makes today such a great day.

How it changes your life: This quick exercise has unbelievable results. Not only does it let you be creative in the early morning without the usual fear of failure, worries and negative thoughts that we all share during the day, but it also lets you clear your mind, get inspired, get to know yourself (self-analysis is crucial for personal development), and focus more easily.
In the long term, this is the one habit that can help you stay sane.

3. Meditate.

Some don’t even give it a try as it sounds like too big of a deal. When, in fact, it just means staying still for a couple of minutes and trying to let go of all thoughts and clear your mind.

It’s not that easy, but doing it just for a minute or two in the beginning makes it an action that requires no effort and time.

What you do is sit down, or even stay in your bed, breathe deeply, relax, and try to stop thinking. It’s easier if you focus on your breathing. You can also add one positive affirmation and just repeat it in your mind for as long as you can.

How it changes your life: You learn how to concentrate, and that’s a powerful skill these days with all the distractions around. In the long term, you’ll be able to be focused when reading, learning, working, etc. And thus double your results.
Also, you bring peace back into your life. And your days are free from the pressure you’re used to.

4. Have the same healthy breakfast every day.

That’s one of the habits I’m currently developing and it’s working out great.

How it changes your life: The big picture looks like this: You’ll never lose time trying to figure out what to eat for breakfast, you won’t skip it or even think about it anymore. There will be one meal each day that you’ll need to have some time after you get up and soon you’ll do it on autopilot.

Also, that will kill your appetite for most of the day, you won’t crave junk food and will have started the day in a healthy way. In time, it will help you get in a better shape and will affect your whole eating plan.

If you get up early and want to eat something that will keep you full till later, choose waffles and make sure you pick up the best waffle maker.

5. Plan out your day.

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Another thing that takes less than 5 minutes but can be extremely helpful and save you a lot of time and worries later in the day.

Make a to-do list (and a not to-do one), see what needs to get done today, figure out if it’s better to leave some stuff for another day as more important tasks deserve your whole attention. Then define the 3 things that are key and focus on them first.

How it changes your life: That’s a productivity habit that can make you more organized, let you finally take control of your time and always be aware of what you’ve done and what else is left.

After some time you’ll stop being late and will get ready for stuff earlier, will be more productive and focus on your most important tasks and this will affect your achievements. You won’t let others waste your time anymore, and will say ‘no’ more often knowing there are things to be done that concern your future.

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Great habits, right? And yet so simple.

Again, nothing will ever happen if you don’t try them out and see how they work. You’ll never be motivated enough to achieve more in life if you keep hearing it from other people. The best way is to just get up early tomorrow and do a few or all of these.

Let me know about the results.

What other morning habits can you add to that list? And do you believe that little changes like this, once you get up early, can turn your life around in the long term?

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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.