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    How to Wake Up: Seven Secrets to Start Your Morning so Your Day is Bright and Productive

    From the moment you open your eyes in the morning, you are setting the tone for your entire day. Ideally, we would all wake up naturally with the morning sun, stretch, smile and get out of bed, ready and eager to begin our day.

    Of course, in reality, most of us begin our days being startled awake by a buzzing alarm, hitting the snooze button as many times as we can get away with, then groggily dragging ourselves out of bed. Usually, then realizing that we've slept in too late, we begin a mad dash of teeth brushing, lunch packing and coffee making before heading out the door in a completely frazzled state.

    We do this because we think there's no alternative. We haven't been blessed with the 'early riser' gene. We have too much to do in the evening to go to bed early. And we have too much to do in the morning to feel relaxed or refreshed.

    The truth is, though, that there is definitely an alternative, and all of us are capable of waking up and beginning our day calmly, peacefully and energetically. The secrets of doing so lie in establishing a routine that works for you, while learning to release burdensome thoughts that are holding you back.

    The Secrets to Becoming a Happy, Productive 'Morning Person'

    Right now you may think it's impossible that you could be a morning person, but if you apply the tips below, you'll be on your way to loving not only the morning but the rest of your day as well.

    1. Prepare for your day emotionally. Upon waking, take just a few minutes to release any negative thoughts you have about your day. Releasing is a process taught by The Sedona Method, which allows you to let go of inner anxieties, fears, procrastination and more, so you are free to pursue what's most important to you.

    'Start by spending a few minutes in the morning releasing on the tasks and activities of the day,' says Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates. 'Take one item at a time so you don't feel overwhelmed, and then let go of the uncomfortable feelings you have about it. Then simply move on to the next item.'

    You should release first thing in the morning whether you think you feel anxious or not, because deep-down we all have feelings about our upcoming day.

    'Even people who wake up feeling great should release. Everyone has feelings about their day even if some of them are more subtle. If you are already feeling great and you let go of your day's tasks, you will simply feel better and be more energized and optimistic,' Dwoskin says.

    2. Make a to-do list the night before. By planning out your goals for the day the night before, you don't need to spend any time in the morning sorting things out. Your game plane will already be established. A to-do list also makes it simple to let go of any fears or anxiety you have about your day.

    'l would release on each item on your to-do list,' Dwoskin says. 'If you start your day with releasing it makes the whole day go more smoothly. Even if you have very little extra time in the morning, just a few minutes of releasing will make a huge difference.'

    3. Get up at the same time. Though it's tempting to sleep in on the weekends, you'll be better off if you get up at the same time, seven days a week. When you do this, your body will adjust to your wake-up schedule, and you'll likely even start to wake up around that time naturally, without an alarm clock.

    4. Eat breakfast. Your body needs fuel to replenish its supplies in the morning, and without breakfast you'll likely start fading long before lunchtime. Ideally, get up early enough so you have a few minutes to sit down with your family and eat breakfast together.

    5. Avoid hitting the snooze button. It may feel good in the moment to hit the snooze button and drift off for another eight minutes, but it could actually make you groggier. Hitting snooze is also a good way to sleep in way too long and make yourself late. Your best bet is to not even entertain the notion of sleeping in, just get up as soon as your alarm clock goes off. (If you have trouble doing this, put your alarm clock across the room so you have to get up to turn it off.)

    6. Do a little bit of stretching. Your body may be tight from sleeping, and stretching a bit is very invigorating both physically and mentally. If you have the time, the morning also makes a great time to do a longer workout.

    7. Turn on some music …not the TV. Turning on the TV in the morning is a surefire way to turn your mind into 'blah' mode (and perhaps angry or sad mode depending on what's on the morning news). Turning on some music you enjoy, on the other hand, will help to wake you up, inspire your soul and energize your mind and body.
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  • #2
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    • #3
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