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Wake Up Refreshed

02/15/2016 02:36AM ● Published by Family Features

Ready, set, go. Just as you would set off at the starting line of a race, this hectic pace is how mornings begin for most working men and women.

Instead of waking with dread to face another hectic morning, use these tips for a healthier way to ease into your daily rituals. While these activities may require you to allow extra time, you’ll be happy with the productive results.

Meditate. A practice that has been around for thousands of years may still be the best stress buster for the hurried morning. To start, find the quietest place in your home that is free of all noise and distraction. Practice sitting still, with eyes closed, and focus only on your breath. Using deep, controlled breaths, try to steer your thoughts away from negative and stress-inducing thoughts. According to the Mayo Clinic, the simple act of meditating may result in overall improved emotional and physical well-being.

Stretch. While the most health-conscious person may opt for a morning sweat-a-thon, working in some stretches can also be beneficial. When you awake, think about each muscle in your body and extend each one for 15 to 30 seconds.

Activate. Give your brain some fuel in the morning while also doing something nice for your mind. Journaling is a gentle way to ease into your morning and get your brain firing. Can’t think of what to write about? Simply write down a few affirmations for the day, revisit a pleasant memory from your past or scribble down a goal for the week. Journaling is an uplifting way to engage the mind and express gratitude for the day ahead.

Take a few minutes to take back your day. You may be pleasantly surprised with the life-changing results.

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