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Wake Up Your Brain From The Very Morning

Coffee is your only way to a better morning? Learn about practical methods of improving your morning.


The quality of our sleep has a decisive influence on our health and well-being, however, this post is not about what to do to get enough sleep and it does not cover any related topics. Also, how you spend your day influences how your future days will be. If you have been getting up at 8 am for 3 months, you will not feel great right away if you start getting up at 5 am. I will discuss the subject of getting enough sleep in future materials.



In this post, I will focus on what you can do if you want to be more efficient from the very morning. Take a look at what you think about throughout the day. In the evening you often think about vacation, what you will do tomorrow, what is on TV today, what to do to eat. In the morning, however, you are focused on one thing. You don't think about all sorts of different things because your mind is just waking up.



Let's be honest, many people don't have time in the morning to do exercises like meditation, reading a book, solving a crossword puzzle, and going to the gym. Many people live in a rush in the early morning. This post is for people who have a problem and would like to solve it in a way that is rational for themselves.



So what can you do if you need to function better from the very first hours of your day? I have looked at a few scientific articles and here are some things that I think are easy to apply:




Chew Gum


It's a simple activity that does not require high financial, time, or commitment on your part, and yet it not only enhance the facial muscles but also supports the functioning of the brain. Chewing gum is associated with enhanced productivity and reduced cognitive errors at work.




(Hot-to-) Cold Shower


Routinely showering (hot-to-) cold enhances your perception of energy levels (comparable to the effects of caffeine). In combination with regular physical activity, you will ensure yourself more efficient functioning of the immune system.




Exercise


If you don't have time for a long morning training and you think that you simply will not do it because a short one does not make sense then you are wrong. Exercise of shorter durations (less than 5 minutes) is also effective. Both low and moderate intensities. It increases cortical activity in the regions of the brain responsible for the processing of sensory information, visual processing, and language processing.





Emotions


Emotions are an inseparable element of our lives, which largely determines not only our morning but also the whole day. I will show you an example from life so that you understand me well.



Let's suppose that you need to take your child to school tomorrow morning and you have to get up an hour earlier. Two issues arise. Are you motivated and are you happy? You want to educate your child so you are motivated. Your child is smart and cute so you are in a good mood. There is no problem with completing this task and you are focused on it from the very beginning to the end. Right?


Now let's suppose your boss tells you to come to work an hour early because someone else is sick. Are you just as well motivated and positive to do this task as to the previous one?



Motivation and Attitude



Learning about how to be motivated and how to be in a good mood in the morning that will make us feel positive about the tasks we face on a given day (this will make you more productive) is time-consuming. I like to keep my posts short and publish frequently, so today focus on the three ways I gave you, and on Saturday I'll show you what you can do to naturally arouse positive emotions.



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Read more:

  1. Chewing Gum: Cognitive Performance, Mood, Well-Being, and Associated Physiology

  2. The Effect of Cold Showering on Health and Work: A Randomized Controlled Trial

  3. Exercising Caution Upon Waking–Can Exercise Reduce Sleep Inertia?

  4. Sleep deprivation: Impact on cognitive performance

  5. How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs