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Almost everyday I wake up and my thoughts start trying to feeding me with a fire-hose. These morning thoughts lay the tracks for my day and I know that when these thoughts start to roll, it’s like a downward rolling snowball, the more I allow them to roll the larger and stronger they become. They only continue to roll if I consciously apply energy into believing and thinking further into the thoughts. After I begin believing and investigating the source of the thoughts, the dragging of the downward spiral accelerates. The beauty about this is, there are multiple things to do when these thoughts seem like an unstoppable freight train of bullshit.
Science: There is a hormone called cortisol, the stress hormone that releases into the brain in a specific amount every given day. (This wakes us up and gets us up and moving in the morning) So the idea is, the more cortisol that is released earlier in the day the less cortisol that is released the rest of the day and the better the feelings will be throughout.(Charles Poliquin)
So the idea that thoughts begin to drive the rest of the day and the fact that cortisol is released early in the day, that would mean that the day starts in a state of stress. So for me, the best way to get through these issues early in the day is to eradicate the stress as early as possible. There’s so many ways to do this I feel.
Heart Focus: One of the best techniques I’ve been implementing recently is the idea that thinking from the heart space is the best way to remind my self that Love, Life, and the pursuit of Happiness are Truths. Thinking this is like a mantra to remind myself that those things are the key source to happiness and health.
Meditation: Meditation is a technique that has been around for thousands of years. It has helped many people, including myself, to get out of the box of self-thought and self-judgement. Meditation’s practice taps into the continuous power of meditation throughout the day. The more practice, the more I become in tune with the moment and focus on sensory objects in my life through normal day. It also allows for me to see thoughts objectively, or allows me to see thoughts as not a piece of myself.
Cold Shower: As Wim Hof says, a cold shower a day keeps the doctor away. If you can crank 7 minutes of warm water followed by 3 minutes of cold water, yes, as cold as your shower can go, you’re doing a hearty job. Again, the more practice, the easier it seems, and still has the great benefits.(won’t go into them here, Wim Hof Method Science) You can begin by taking like 20 second showers for a week, move up to 30, then up to 45.
Working Out: Yoga, running, sprinting, weightlifting, swimming. Any of these do the trick. Getting your body moving is essentially what you need to do in the morning. This honestly works best. So if you can’t get out and rip a run or a sprint, it will tell your body that you are up and moving.
Extras: Sunlight exposure, Small Exercises(3 reps of 3 different exercises), Tall glass of water. All of them.
My Routine: My routine consists of the following: I get these done everyday. Regardless of where I am and what I’m doing.
- Immediately mindful of my thoughts
- Heart mantra to myself
- Meditate for 10 minutes
- Warm then cold shower
- Meditate for 10 minutes
- Light exposure
- Small exercises
- Coffee. Damn its so good.
Well I hoped this helped if you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. There are many more things that attribute to how your feeling in the morning, including food consumed the day before, exercise the day before, and among many others. I’m definitely not a doctor so yeah. Don’t take me seriously, I sure try not to.
Thanks for reading and Love Ya’ll. Keep carrying on party people.