Some of the world’s most successful people are early risers. Still, you don’t have to be a CEO or head of state to enjoy the benefits of getting up a little bit earlier in morning. Read on to see why you should stop hitting the snooze button and rise to greet the day.
Productivity – You have more time to get more done.
This one is obvious. The earlier you wake up, the more hours you have to work with. In addition, you don’t feel rushed, so your actions feel more purposeful and seem to have more impact on your day. When you aren’t rushing, you tend to pay more attention to detail. You make fewer mistakes (and therefore don’t have to spend time correcting them), so overall, your use of time becomes more efficient and you get more done.
Our bodies have a natural 24 hour sleep-wake cycle called the circadian rhythm or body clock. Humans are diurnal, which basically means we are naturally active during daylight hours. Studies show that at the end of our natural sleep period, concentration of the hormone melatonin peaks and our bodies reach their lowest core temperature. In human adults, this happens around 4:30 to 5:00 in the morning, so biologically at least, we’re meant to be early risers.
Its quieter, most of the world is still asleep, there’s no television on in the background, no one is demanding your attention, it’s the perfect time to get your productivity on.
Toxic relationships can be draining, and can they leave you without the energy to deal with other important areas of your life, like school, work or family. They can also damage you psychologically and affect future relationships you may want to have. It is extremely important to be able to recognize when a relationship is detrimental to you and when to let it go.
1. They fail to respect your boundaries.
It can be something seemingly innocuous as eating your very special yogurt which you told everyone do not touch under any circumstances out of the refrigerator, or something as egregious as using your credit card without permission.
Both these situations illustrate a failure to respect you and your personal property. People who don’t respect your boundaries after being informed of them (sometimes repeatedly) demonstrate that they do not respect you as a person, and it is quite difficult to maintain a healthy relationship in which one party does not respect the other.
2. They want to monopolize your time.
Is there a person in your life who believes that anytime they call you must come running? No matter what the situation, or what you are doing at that moment, or if you had prior plans? Do they get angry or sulk when you tell them you can’t make it? Maybe, when you think about it, you realize that your relationship with this person is all take and no give.
Well it should be obvious that this person does not view you as anything but a convenience to be used as they see fit. And under no circumstances should you, or anyone, be putting up with this.
The desire to monopolize your time can also be manifested in them showing up unannounced at your home, or an event to which they weren’t invited, and in that person trying hog your attention any group setting.
3. Growth and change (on your part) make them feel threatened.
All people change and grow over time. We meet new people, get a better job, gain new interests and hobbies. If your friend or partner reacts negatively to your promotion, new acquaintances or harmless pursuits, it may be a sign that a relationship with them is not necessarily for you.
Dealing with anxiety and stress is an issue that affects many of us on a day to day basis. Here are four fast, easy and effective methods to help you cope with your anxiety.
1. Take deep breaths.
Controlled breathing is a common way many people achieve a feeling of calm. Here’s how you do it: Inhale for a count of five, exhale for a count of seven. Repeat this at least five times. You can do the entire exercise as many times as you feel necessary.
2. Listen to a happy song.
A happy song can be anything you associate with good vibes and good memories. This can be songs you sang with your family in the car as kid, or the top 40 hit from last summer. Find a favorite song and give it a listen. A personal favorite is any song from Sesame Street.
3. Bathe in some greenery.
Go outside and get friendly with some ferns. Interacting with nature is a proven mood booster. Even a short time spent outdoors is enough to make you feel peaceful and connected. You might want to consider getting a few house plants as well because just looking at plants can reduce stress and improve mental performance. Caring for plants and touching their leaves and inhaling their aromas can also help with relaxation.
4. Talk to someone, even if it’s yourself.
Reach out to a friend or family member, tell them how you’re feeling, and which way, if any, they can help. Sometimes all we need is to know that someone is listening.
Journaling can also be effective in dealing with anxiety and stress. Writing down your concerns is a great way to examine your thoughts and feelings and get to the root of the matter or to just empty your head of the constant, circling thoughts. You can write it down and forget about it, or return later and analyse what you wrote down so that you can figure out what to do about it and move from anxiety to action.