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Simple Wellness Tips To Start Your Day Right

There are plenty of simple wellness activities you can add to your morning routine to increase your mood day to day. 

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Sometimes, just getting out of the bed in the morning feels impossible. And then, even if we do get out of bed, we’re still expected to take a shower and get dressed and go to work and actually have enough energy to do our job well?! It’s too much! But there are plenty of simple things you can add to your morning routine that will make getting the day started right that much easier.

I know what you’re thinking. “How will adding more things to my morning routine make getting off to a good start easier?” And I get it. I do. But all these activities are extremely simple, and outside of the few minutes they take, require very little from you! And you don’t even have to do all of them. Just try a few of them out and see how you feel. You can do it! I believe in you.

10 MINUTES OF MEDITATION

Meditation can truly do wonders for your mood and ability to focus day to day. All you need to do is find a quiet place to sit and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing. Clear your mind. That’s what this is all about. Getting rid of all that mental clutter that’s getting in the way and zeroing in on what’s really worth your attention and focus. Over time, your stress levels will go down and you’ll find yourself happier on a daily basis. Who wouldn’t want that?!

WRITE DOWN THINGS YOU’RE GRATEFUL FOR

It’s so easy to only focus on the negatives in life. Things you’re unhappy with, things you wish you didn’t have to deal with. But actually giving yourself a few minutes to write down the things in your life that you’re actually grateful for can be huge! It doesn’t have to be a lot. Just write down 2 or 3 things each morning that you’re happy with in your life. This simple routine of practicing gratitude will help you stop focusing on all the things you’re unhappy about and therefore keep you feeling better and more willing to accept new wonderful things into your life.

AVOID LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

I know, I know… this one is tough. These days we’re all glued to our phone. We just can’t help but check any and every social media site we’re a member of every single moment we lose focus or get bored. But we’re really looking at our phones too much, people. And it’s most certainly not good for us.

So what better time to train yourself to look at your phone less than in the morning! Just make a simple rule like not looking at it until you’ve finished your breakfast or had a cup of coffee. Not starting your day by finding something to be jealous, angry, or sad about is certainly a positive change that you’ll be happy you made!

SWITCH TO LEMON WATER

For so many of us, coffee is life. And the thought of giving it up can be overwhelming. But I’m not even talking about giving up coffee completely! I’m just talking about switching up your morning routine a little bit. And a glass of hot lemon water is surprisingly extremely good for your body.

For one, you’re starting your day off with a little hydration. But this simple drink also can help keep your body’s pH levels where they need to be and give it a nice little vitamin C boost. Vitamin C is great for the body as it strengthens your immune system and even gets your digestive system working smoothly. The health boost that comes from this drink can, over time, completely replace the energy boost you used to need from daily morning coffee.

SNEAK IN A QUICK EXERCISE

I know! I know. “A workout?! In the morning?! Who has the time?!” But you really don’t need to do a lot with a morning workout for it to make a huge difference. Just give it 20 minutes. That’s all. And it doesn’t even have to be anything too aggressive. Just walk around the block a couple times or go for a light jog. Or you can just dance around your living room like no one’s watching! It all helps your overall health, energy levels, and mood.

BE POSITIVE

We’ve already alluded to this in some of the other tips on this list, but starting the day off in a good mood free of stress is absolutely huge to living a happy and healthy life. So what better way to do that then by being as positive as you can! You can do this at the same time you write down things you’re grateful for. Just think about how you’d like the day to go. Things you like to do or see happen. Sure, they may not actually go down as you imagine. But by expecting what you want in the world, you’ll eventually become more likely to get exactly that.

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Doing various lifestyle changes can be difficult especially when you attempt to initiate huge modifications that merely remain unfulfilled over time. Experts assert that planning small changes is more practical and achievable in real life.

Drink more water

The regular intake of water provides a multitude of benefits. Water helps reduce the frequency of migraines; it helps slow down aging; it aids in digestion; it assists in weight loss, among others. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water each day provides you with more energy, enabling you to manage the daily grind.

Go for daily walks

We all know that exercise helps keep us healthy, as well. However, not everyone has the time—or inclination—to start a rigorous and time-consuming exercise routine. Nonetheless, you can still keep yourself healthy by taking daily walks. You can start by taking a walk after you get up from bed each day and then do another round when you get home from work in the afternoon. If you are working from home, take several breaks and walk in your front yard or garden for a few minutes each time.

Begin writing a gratitude journal

Stress gets accumulated due to the many upheavals of daily life. There is a lot to complain about and work can become too stressful at times. You should know, though, that stress and worry can be debilitating to your health. Starting a gratitude diary allows you to destress yourself, realize how blessed you are, and allow catharsis to unfold.

Do a few minutes of reflection and meditation

Because you tend to be so busy each day, you forget to find time to reassess all the things that you are already blessed with. Worries are everyday facts of living. However, you do not have to dwell on them all the time. Find a few minutes to reflect upon the good things in life. Stay still and silent for a bit. Listen to the birds and smell some flowers if you can.

Ask for help when you need it

The funny thing about most people is that it is considered a crime to ask help from others. Most people think that admitting the need for help is tantamount to admitting weakness—a terrible blunder for one’s dignity. However, it is essential to remember that no one’s perfect and that a lot of us need assistance from time to time. Learning to lower yourself and admit the need for aid ultimately lightens your soul—and even helps you learn the virtue of humility.

In essence

It is necessary to plan some changes in your life. These changes can help lighten your everyday burden and eventually welcome more positivity in the different aspects of your existence. However, you should start with doing small modifications. Keeping them small allows you to easily fulfill them because big goals tend to be too difficult especially when you’re too busy trying to keep up with the daily hustle and bustle. Also, laugh a little. Accept your frailty and be at peace with the world.    

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It always helps to note that no one in this world is perfect, according to the author of “A Paperboy’s Fable: The 11 Principles to Success,” Deep Patel. That means that everyone, including you, is filled with various weaknesses and strengths that need to be considered when attempting to understand someone else.

Patel highlights several tips for dealing with people you don’t like. He asserts that it is essential for everyone to learn—and remember—these tips, especially since the failure to do so may only mean limiting oneself in the process.

Accept that you cannot deal with everyone

Patel says that it is normal not to like everyone. Each person has his own personality. Some may have a dominant personality, and others may have a timid one. However, this does not mean that you are a “bad person,” which does not mean that the other person is one.

Attempt to find positivity in the other’s words

It is always essential to give someone the benefit of the doubt. Not everyone is out to sabotage you, and you aren’t always about to hurt anyone, too. Hence, even when someone else says something hurtful, it may not be meant that way for the other person. Learning to pick through the other’s words of the other person may be helpful, as well.

Stay in touch with your emotions

Patel also mentions that our emotions play a significant role in understanding the people around us. Our feelings can affect how we view others. As they say, when you are in a bad mood, you also tend to see the world as ugly. In contrast, feeling good tends to make us see the world in a more benevolent light.

Try not to take things personally, and put some space

Taking things personally all the time can also hinder understanding. Emotions play a massive part in analysis. Staying objective lets us see the bigger picture and permit empathy to arise. Put some space between you and the person you don’t like, as well. This will further allow you to look at things more objectively.

Calmly express how you feel and find a referee

When you’re about to burst, try to relax yourself first. Spontaneity can be good at times, although saying what you feel when you feel so may further damage communication. Try to soften your words and say things in a quiet, relaxed voice. You can also find a mediator to help you communicate your thoughts better.

Choose your battles

Remember also that not all battles are worth your time. As they say, try not to go down to the other’s level. If you can still ignore them, then you are free to do so.

Never be defensive

Defensiveness means you are on your way to the losing end. It is always best to state facts and avoid having to explain everything you say. As long as you aren’t doing anything wrong, there shouldn’t be a reason for you to explain yourself to anyone.

You are in control of your own happiness

In the end, you are the one in control of yourself—and your own happiness. Never let anyone dictate how you act or feel. When you let others irk you to no end, you are merely allowing them to control you.

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 Published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, the study conducted by researchers showed that after crowdsourcing the sleep and stress data of over 4,00 people in Finland. It was found that around 800 shared information on how the virus has contributed to their anxieties. According to Dr. Anu-Katriina Pesonen, head of the Sleep & Mind Research Group at the University of Helsinki, she claims that it was quite thrilling to observe various dream content associations of individuals who have shared their thoughts on the chaotic ambiance of the COVID-19 lockdown. Personen also added that the results had enabled them to track dreaming in extreme circumstances, which showed visual imagery and memory traces of dreams sharing a mindscape across individuals.

Interpretation of Dreams

Transcribing the dreams from Finnish to English, Personen and her team then fed the data to the A. I algorithm, which scanned for word associations that frequently appeared. The computer then came up with what researchers called “dream clusters,” which were dream particles instead of the entire dream. 

After collecting the information, over 33 dream clusters were built in which twenty percent of these were grouped as bad dreams while fifty-five percent of those were pandemic related. Content such as coronavirus, social distancing failures, dystopia, personal protective equipment, and apocalypse were classified as pandemic specific. Word pairs that were labeled under “Disregard of Distancing” like hug-handshake, mistake-hug, handshake-distancing, handshake-restriction, distancing-disregard, distancing-crowd, crowd-party, and crowd restriction. 

Personen also claimed that they hope to see more assisted A. I helped dream research in the future as the computational linguistics-based, AI-assisted analytics that they used was a novel approach in dream research.

How it goes down

Aside from providing information on how the pandemic was related to a person’s dreams, the study also offered insights into people’s sleep patterns and stress levels during the pandemic lockdown. More than half of the respondents claimed to be sleeping more than before the lockdown, while ten percent claimed to have a much more difficult while more than a quarter reported having more frequent bad dreams. 

More than half of the participants also reported having an increase in stress levels, which could explain the sleep patterns of having less sleep or bad dreams. Most of them even claimed to have numerous pandemic related nightmares. The study can provide valuable information for medical experts and researchers regarding the effect of COVID-19 on a person’s mental health. According to Personen, sleep is the main factor in mental health issues, wherein intense nightmares come from post-traumatic stress. Although things happening in dreams aren’t entirely random, they can also help determine how experiencing any form of stress, trauma, and anxiety contributes to nightmares Personen added. 

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