Morning can be your new best friend. Whether you like it or not, taking advantage of the morning hours before work can be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. Getting up early is a common habit among many executives of large companies, heads of state and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher, for example, got up every morning at 5 o'clock; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 a.m., and Robert Eiger, CEO of Disney, wakes up at 4:30 a.m. And that's just a few of them.
A lot of people think they do best in the evening. However, they should not jump to conclusions. According to a study by Inc. Magazine, people who get up early in the morning are more active and productive. In addition, the health benefits for those who are assets before they even start work are many. Check out five of the things successful people do before 8 a.m., according to Forbes:
- Exercise. Most people who exercise daily do it in the morning. Whether it's yoga or fitness, sports before work provide you with a surge of energy and that well-deserved feeling of conquest. Anyone can handle a pile of documents after 200 abdominal presses! Exercising in the morning also eliminates the possibility of giving up your cardio workout after a long day at work. Even if you're not particularly excited about running at 5 in the morning, try getting up 15 minutes early for a few quick sets of push-ups or stretching to bed. This will help to wake up your body and prepare you for the day.
- Outline your day in advance. Maximize your potential by outlining your program for the day, as well as your goals and the things you need to do. The morning is a good time for this and is often one of the quieter periods of the day. The early hours make it easier to think, which helps to arrange the things you need to do in order of importance. As you prepare your program, don't forget about your mental health. Plan a 10-minute break after a busy meeting for a brisk walk or meditation at your desk. Try to eat healthy. Take time in the evening to prepare a few food items to take with you to work the next day.
- Have a healthy breakfast. We are all familiar with leaving home with a glass in hand and a feeling of emptiness in the stomach. Use the time in the morning to recharge your body for the tasks ahead. This will help you focus on the things you need to do, not on your rumbling stomach. As well as being good for your physical health, breakfast is also a good way to get in touch. Even a five-minute conversation with your spouse or children while having breakfast can improve your mood before you go out.
- Visualization. Nowadays, physical health is talked about to the hilt, but sometimes our mental health is neglected. The morning is the perfect time to meditate or visualize in silence. Take some time to imagine the day that awaits you, concentrating on the successes you will achieve. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help you improve your mood and look at what awaits you during the day.
- Deal with difficult and unpleasant things first. In the list of things to do, we all have something we are afraid of. It weighs on us all day (or week) until we finally tighten up and finish it after a lot of procrastination. An easy way to save some stress is to do the thing we least want to do first. Instead of expecting the unpleasant feeling from it, it is better to finish it between our first coffee and the lunch break. Morning is usually the time when a person is better rested and has more energy. For this reason, he is better prepared to deal with more difficult tasks. Look at things this way - your day will become easier, not the other way around. So at the end of the day you do easier things and start your free time after work more relaxed. Success!