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Ask your mind to remember things that you would not ordinarily try to.
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 success creates new neural pathways in your brain, freeing up some of those much-overworked brain cells.
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 your day and/or your life. This could range from having a car to drive, a job, best friends, or even a latte.
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 at the top and take a deep breath, pushing your belly all the way out. For the next point, exhale deeply through your nose returning your belly to its original position. Alternate your breaths until you have drawn a complete star or stars (depending on how much you need).
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.
It will give you a brief mental vacation and will re-energize you mentally and physically.
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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.
The early hours of the morning are like 'free hours', as while others are asleep, you get to experience a quiet time, be more productive, and prepare for the day ahead.
When you get up early in the morning, instead of feeding your brain a toxic post from social media or the news, try to do a low-power activity which soothes and calms you.
Standing in the kitchen, slowing waking up your mind, making your coffee and preparing mentally for the day is a great way to have productive hours ahead.
Don't underestimate the importance of light in waking up. We're hard-wired to wake up when it's light and get sleepy when it's dark
It is best to watch the sunrise and wake up your mind using the positive effect of light.