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10 Surprisingly Simple Things You Can Do to Recharge Your Mind
Waking up early, getting out of bed and starting the day has, for some reason, become the ultimate challenge for so many people. Yet, waking up early is one of the best things you can do. Why? I hear you ask. For a start, early mornings are the most beautiful time of the day.

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Give it rest

Your rest is the most important thing you can do for your mind. 

Our best way to rest is to sleep at night. During the key hours of rejuvenation, our mind gets ...

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Exercise it

The endorphins that you get as a result of exercising work wonders for your mind. Researchers have shown that exercising improves overall brain function, long-term memory, and information proce...

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Push it to the limit … sometimes

Ask your mind to remember things that you would not ordinarily try to. 

  • Recitation alone helps to build memory muscles in a way that helps our mind remain ...

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Redefine its hopes and dreams

Create a renewed hope in the future.

Hopefulness and looking forward to the future fill you with positive feelings. Developing new mental pictures of happiness and s...

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Convert it to positivism

Positive thoughts energize you and help to open you up to new possibilities. 

When you don’t have time to engage in a lengthy exercise, thinking positive though...

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Fill it with gratitude

Gratitude has been linked to decreased levels of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and physical illness. 

Make a list of 3, 7 or 10 things that are positive in you...

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Take it on a trip to the East

One quick meditation practice is to follow the outline of a star in your mind while you deep breathe. 

For every point on the star, alternate your breaths, i.e., start a...

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Feed it properly

Feeding yourself well can have a positive, energizing effect on your mind. 

Mediterranean diets have been linked with decreased levels of psychological conditions.

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Challenge it to create

Take a break to find the creative parts of yourself. Put on some music and play air guitar and air drums to your favorite tunes. Get down on the floor and draw as you used to in preschool.&nb...

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Benefits of early rising

  • Early morning hours are so peaceful and quiet
  • Rise early and you actually have time for breakfast.
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How to become an early riser

  • Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual.
  • Allow yourself to sleep earlier.
  • Put your alarm clock far from you bed. This way, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off.
  • Go out of the bedroom as soon as you shut off the alarm. 
  • Set something to do early in the morning that’s important. 
  • Make waking up early a reward: make a hot cup of coffee for example, or a tasty breakfast.
  • Take advantage of all that extra time .

Early Birds are 15% of the population

About 1 in 2 people have relatively “normal” sleeping habits; they function most optimally when they don’t stay up too late or wake up too early and stick to a consistent sleep schedule. 

Successful CEOs who are getting up late

  • Aaron Levie, the CEO of enterprise cloud company Box
  • Reddit co-founder and husband of Serena Williams, Alexis Ohanian - gets up around 10 am
  • Pharrell Williams  doesn't use an alarm to wake himself up; he relies on his body's natural sleep habits
  • Mark Zuckerberg gets up around 8 am

Design trumps willpower

Your behavior defaults to what is most convenient.

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10-minute night routine

  • Decide the time you’re going to wake up and set the alarm for that time (put your alarm clock in a different room so you physically have to get out of bed to turn it off).
  • Have a few key objectives for your morning.
  • Set up literally everything that needs to be set up so that you don’t have to waste mental energy during your morning.