I spent way too many years in the rat race waking up early to a noisy alarm clock and checking my phone first thing for morning emails and text.
I brushed my teeth and rushed downstairs for a quick cup of coffee before bolting out the front door with a granola bar in my hand.
Morning rush hour in Atlanta is brutal and everyone is on edge as they jockey to accelerate around each others cars.
There is a different way.
A solution to slow down your mind and body and help you to counteract the daily stress that forms from the minute you wake up.
TIP #1: CHANGE YOUR WAKE-UP METHOD
Starting your day startled out of sleep is not healthy.
You don’t need a blaring alarm to wake up that sounds like an alarm from the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Find a soothing alarm for your phone that starts off lightly and slowly builds up in sound.
TIP #2: REPEAT AFFIRMATIONS
As each foot touches the floor below your bed say “thank…. you”.
This shows your appreciation and gratitude for being allowed another day to live on this beautiful planet.
Another day to soak up fresh air and be around great people. Today is a new day and can be the best day of your life – if you say it is to be.
TIP #3: HYDRATE
You haven’t had anything to drink for about 8 hours.
You’re in a state of dehydration.
Starting your day dehydrated doesn’t create focus or motivation.
Always drink water before you drink your morning coffee. Your brain and muscle tissues needs water to start the day.
TIP #4: JOURNAL
It is important to keep a daily journal.
That way when good thoughts come into your mind you can write them down.
Some of the most productive people on the planet use this method to record potential good ideas so that they can implement them later.
Think of stepping out of a hot shower (where many good ideas are generated due to the warm water on your skull and brain).
If you are able to write those ideas down immediately they will be fresh in your mind and you will be able to write with clarity.
Not sure how to start one? Check out this article with tips about how to keep a training log and apply them to your daily/monthly goals.
TIP #5: MEDITATE
The most hardcore warriors in history meditated.
During your yoga practice of morning walks you can practice silence.
Bruce Lee meditated daily with active meditation.
Every morning he would run in the quiet of his neighborhood without music or distraction. Then he would journal the insights he got as he exercised.
Sometimes he would just walk around his back yard, contemplating in the quiet.
Sometimes he would be more active by meditating as he practiced punching and kicking.
I will practice my breathing with a deep inhale through the nose and slight hold then deep exhale through the mouth engaging the diaphragm.
When you have thoughts come into your mind then observe them and let them go.
Sometimes I like to use a positive mantra and chant inside my head. If you have a thought come into your mind simply set it aside and continue to breath and chant mantras.
TIP #6: MOVEMENT
This summer I spent a lot of time biking and hiking outdoors.
I would bike long distance and camp out and cook a hot meal. I would watch the stars above and try to pick out the constellations.
The point is that I spent time moving my body which helped to get my blood flowing and my mind in the creative zone.
I got more good ideas from that bike trip than I could ever get at home in the day to day 9 to 5.
Same goes for the days where I go and do yoga and then bike afterwards. My brain feels like I was able to clean it with cool clear water and it is ready to serve up great ideas stress free.
QUESTION: Hi. I keep hearing success—like for SEAL training—is 80% mental and 20% physical, but that doesn’t make sense. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Can you explain that to me?
ANSWER: Yes; check out this article I wrote for another student who asked me that question: Navy SEAL Training is 80% Mental—WTF?
QUESTION: I’ve been doing a lot of hiking this summer, and I want to keep at it this fall and winter best I can. My problem is my backpack is always uncomfortable and so are my feet. Do you have some ways I can fix this?
ANSWER: Yes; check out this article that has ruck marching tips (“ruck marching” or “rucking” is walking with weight on your back.)