Below and attached are some techniques and ideas that may of interest and of use to you
In this world of ‘Everything Must be Done Now’ we all need to remember that you’re not SO busy tht you can’t set aside 27 minutes for yourself.
Managing your day more effectively can help you: De-stress, Feel Happier and Smarter Each Day
What’s it All About?
If you’ve ever woken up on the wrong side of the bed only to find it impacts your entire day, the good news is that simple changes when you first wake up can help get your mood back on track and increase your overall happiness.
According to science, there are a few ways that you can directly improve your attitude – and they all start by changing your morning routine.
If you want to start each day de-stressed, positive, and more knowledgeable, you can incorporate this routine into your mornings.
Do a Breathing Exercise to Lower Stress Levels
Duration: 5 Minutes
- When you wake up, it can be beneficial to begin the day on a stress-free note – as stress can be a contributing factor to mental and physical health issues.
- To lower stress levels, taking five minutes to engage in a breathing exercise is all you need.
- While simply breathing doesn’t sound like it could lower stress levels, it is possible.
Research has shown that there is a link between breathing practices and the parasympathetic nervous system, associated with resting and digesting.
What is the Parasympathetic Nervous System?
This is one of three divisions of the autonomic nervous system.
Sometimes called the rest and digest system, the parasympathetic system conserves energy as it slows the heart rate, increases intestinal and gland activity, and relaxes sphincter muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.
Studies have found that different emotions are linked to different patterns of breath – meaning we can influence our emotions by purposefully changing how we are breathing.
By using five minutes to practice some breathing techniques Click onto the Youtube Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx5sLPNfhlA&feature=youtu.be you can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and automatically improve your mood.
Write Down 3 Things You’re Grateful for
Duration: 2 Minutes
After boosting your mood through breathing, you should spend the next two minutes of your morning routine feeling grateful – by writing down three things you thankful for.
- By spending just a few moments focusing on gratitude, you are teaching your brain to only view positives instead of negatives.
- By trying this it is possible to “reprogram your brains to become more positive,” which can in turn “improve our performance and maximise your potential.”
Learn Something New
Duration: 20 Minutes
Finally, finish your morning routine by dedicating 20 minutes to learning something new – either on your own or by talking to someone else.
In 20 minutes, you can broaden your knowledge as well as strengthen a bond – both of which are important in growing as a person.
- Learning is actually a ‘core need for psychological wellbeing’
- Learning can help you build confidence and a sense of self-efficacy.
- It can also be a way of connection with others too.
- As human beings, we have a natural desire to learn and progress.
- By accomplishing this early in the morning, it means the day begins with self-growth – which will also improve your mood.
With 27 minutes each day, you can positively impact almost every aspect of your life and ensure that a bad mood won’t last throughout the day.
Website Link: www.actionforhappiness.org/
27 Minute Morning Routine that Could Change Your Thinking