In recent years, celebrities have begun to talk not only about their diet or clothing, but also about something else. Actors, businessmen and other celebrities detail what their daily routine is like when they get up in the morning.
Morning routines are individual and varied, but many include light exercise, meditation, journaling, a short walk, making your bed, planning your day, a cold shower, or even an ice bath. Of course, most of the celebrities who share her daily routine are avid early risers, and some get up at four in the morning to seize the day.
Not all celebrities are early risers or were early risers. There are notable exceptions to night owls such as Flaubert or Picasso.
Despite the fads and celebrities, the truth is that routines work. In the treatment of diseases, people who develop a routine recover better. They also help with depression, mood and emotional control. Performing routine activities reduces stress, making our situation more controlled and predictable.
However, in order for morning routines to help us, we must turn them into a routine. It’s useless to suggest exercising first thing in the morning if we didn’t get enough sleep the night before and woke up with little desire to live, let alone go for a run. For this reason, you need to start preparing the day before:
Go to bed early
It seems like a truism, but to get up early, you have to go to bed early. It’s not always easy: evenings are often the only time to unwind after a long day, or, at worst, the only time to do household chores.
One possible solution is to identify the activities that keep us from going to sleep. When it comes to household chores, they can be scheduled for a specific day of the week. If, on the other hand, they consist of watching one episode after another from the Netflix series, the enemy of sleep, some control may be required.
In these cases, it is advisable to have a nightly routine: turn off all screens at a certain time, dim the lights and leave at least an hour of “decompression” before bedtime.
In the morning we are usually not in the best condition to make decisions. That’s why it’s important that we have a prioritization of the first hours of the day compared to the previous day and, if possible, in writing. This will save us from thinking in the morning and wasting time.
Planning also includes removing obstacles and getting ready for your morning routine. For example, by leaving the kitchen clutter-free at night, we get rid of the need to deal with it in the morning. Preparing shoes and sportswear the night before will make it easier for us to train in the morning. Leaving a notebook and pencil at the ready will make it easier for us to keep a diary and so on.
do the cleaning of the mind
One of the conditions for good sleep is to work through the day’s worries. Taking time in the afternoon to write about what happened during the day, unresolved problems and their possible solutions, prevents them from becoming obsessive thoughts at night that affect our sleep and continue to torment us the next morning.
Also, if you take a few minutes to practice gratitude, it will be of great benefit. Practicing gratitude improves mood and feelings of relaxation, and is often recommended for the morning routine, but appreciating what went well during the day can be a win at night too.
Perhaps one of the most effective ways to improve the quality of sleep and mood in the morning is to turn the bedroom into an area free of mobile phones, screens and other devices, and leave them to charge outside the room. On the contrary, reading books, especially fiction, improves the quality of sleep.
On the one hand, it prevents the light from the screen from interfering with our sleep and filling our head with pre-sleep worries. On the other hand, it also prevents the first thing we do – look at the phone before getting out of bed. If, as soon as we open our eyes, we start looking at email and social media for half an hour, it is unlikely that we will be able to perform our meditation and push-up routine.
What is your daily routine at night?
* Dario Pescador is editor and director of Quo magazine and author of Your Best Self, published by Oberon.
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