8. Check In With Your Family
Nothing warms the heart like connecting with your loved ones. So, really, what better way to start your day than to check in with Mom or to spend a few extra minutes with the kids. Not only will this bring you closer to the people you care about most, but it will reaffirm the support networks we all need in life. In general, men with strong family ties tend to live longer, have a higher satisfaction with their lives and engage in healthier lifestyle choices on the whole. Plus, you’ll be able to take pride in the fact that you’re being a good husband, son, father, etc., which will give you a little confidence boost as you set about your day.
7. Get Organized
So many stresses in life are due to being unorganized. Letting things slide inevitably
gives them more power to wreak havoc
on our lives as they insist more and more aggressively to be dealt with. As things pile up, your ability to deal with them will be compromised
. Giving yourself a little extra time in the morning to tidy up your apartment, pay your bills, plan your vacation and make your appointments will get those things off your plate and off your mind while you’re dealing with the stress of working. And when you get home from a long day, you’ll be free to unwind
in peace in a clean environment with no worries.
6. Be In The Know
Find 10 to 20 minutes every morning to read the news. Knowing what’s going on in the world will help you become a natural conversationalist
in the office instead of a weary
head-nodder who’s slumped
over his coffee while someone else leads all the chatter. Plus, the more you read, the more you’ll know, which will help you stand out from the people who only pretend to be informed by regurgitating
what they saw on The Daily Show the night before. Also, the practice of reading exercises your brain and promotes general comprehension
, not to mention that knowing what’s going on around you makes you a more conscientious citizen of the world, so start taking the time to become more connected to community and your interests while reaping
the social benefits of reading.
You’ve heard it since you were forced to repeat it as a little kid: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it didn’t get any less true as you turned into a grown-up. If anything, as the daily responsibilities start piling
up, the more you can benefit from a healthy, balanced breakfast. (Sorry, guys, coffee and doughnuts don’t cut it.) Studies have shown for decades that breakfast helps kick-start your body’s metabolism
, reducing hunger throughout the day; helps lower cholesterol
; improves concentration; and tastes freaking delicious. So why do most people skip this all-important meal? Laziness
. Which, if you’re like us, is not how you want to be described.
Sure, you can snag an extra 10 minutes or so in the comfort of your bed if you take a shower the night before, but besides waking up with the worst, most unmanageable hair imaginable, you’ll also be missing out on perks
like improved circulation, loosening up of any phlegm
that may have built up in your lungs overnight (that’s when it happens most!) and the pure wakefulness a morning shower provides. If you’re feeling particularly brave, try taking a cold shower, which amplifies these benefits.
3. Get Up Early
Doing a lot of the things on this list will not be possible if you’re literally jumping out of bed at the last possible second, giving yourself just enough time to throw on some clothes and head to work. This is a surefire recipe for taking on stress before you’ve even sat down at your desk. By getting up early, you can avoid commute-related stress, enjoy your breakfast, make plans for your day and even get a few minutes to relax instead of frantically trying to get your stuff together so as not to get chewed out by your boss for being late.
No, you don’t have to do an hour-long hot yoga class every morning (though it couldn’t hurt). Instead, we’re simply advocating a handful of simple stretches to help snap your body out of its slumber. The benefits of a few early-morning stretches include improved blood flow to your muscles and your brain, which will help keep you from feeling groggy at your desk or incapable of concentrating on your work. Stretching regularly will also help you avoid pulling a muscle or quell an existing back pain by softening the muscles around your spine. On top of that, it'll improve your circulation, which is good for all your vital organs. Ten minutes is all you need.Don't forget to also do some daily brain exercises to keep your neurons active.
You’ve heard it said a million times: Drink more water. If you’re wondering why this is such an enduring piece of advice, let us remind you. Drinking water first thing, on an empty stomach, helps purify your colon, which will make it easier to digest your meals throughout the day and will increase your body’s abilities to absorb nutrients. Also, water will help you produce new blood cells, which will literally make you feel like a new person. Still not sold? Early-morning water consumption also boosts your metabolism, making it easier to lose weight. Not to mention, water helps you maintain a youthful appearance, can remedy or prevent dozens of conditions like the flu, kidney stones, heart disease, colon cancer, headaches and dehydration -- and it flushes nasty toxins out of your body. If that’s not enough to make you chug a nice, cold glass of H2O every morning, then you deserve to be miserable.