5 Morning Rituals for Success

5 Morning Rituals to Get Your Day off to the Best Start Ever!

I’m a writer. I write Science fiction, dabbling in Fantasy here and there. But I don’t do any writing until I finish my morning rituals.

What do I mean?

I used to work for Anthony Robbins. He taught us several amazing routines to get our day started on the right track. I still use some of his routines today while incorporating others that also seem to work well.

A brief background: I used to be a sports therapist with almost twenty years experience in that business, teaching healthy habits, better posture and correct walking patterns to my clients, along with performing deep tissue massage, propreoceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and osteopathic-like techniques. That was a mouthful. I just wanted to give you a quick credibility check.

I digress…

…and to the rituals we go.

~ Ritual One ~

Make Your Bed.

The first thing I do in the morning is make my bed. It’s quick and it’s easy. It tells your mind and body that you are ready to start the day. My son taught me this from his military training.

Why is this important? It only takes one minute and starts a healthy habit for the day. It’s a constructive and organized routine that equals movement, accomplishment, and it is your first “success” of the day. It’s the first goal you tackle, and the first goal you complete. I even read somewhere that making your bed in the morning kicks off a ripple effect to better overall decisions throughout your day. You’re taking the morning by the horns and telling the day that you are ready, in control, and are willing to achieve your goals.

The effect of this routine is priceless. It not only gives you a greater sense of well being, it also brings organization to your life — immediately. Believe it or not, the more you do this ritual, the more your thoughts and actions become organized. An organized room eventually leads to an organized home. An organized home reduces stress and creates a clarity of mind.

There’s a lot of “organized” in that last paragraph.

The best part? It only takes a minute to make your bed.

~ Ritual Two ~

Drink lemon water.

If you look up the benefits of lemon water, it will lead you to thousands of google results. This is something that Anthony Robbins taught me, and it’s something I do every morning.

Water should be the first thing you consume after waking up. Why? You’ve spent all night taking shallow breaths. Sometimes — and this isn’t for everyone — you may have spent a minute in the night not breathing at all, or snoring, or, or, or…

What has accumulated through the night with that type of breathing? Toxins. Lemon water is one of the quickest ways to detox and refresh your body, bringing more vitality to you within the first few minutes of your day.

Here is a short of what it does:

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Hydrates your lymph system
  • Wakes you up
  • Promotes healthier skin
  • Improves your mood
  • Detoxes your liver
  • Balances your pH level
  • Helps weight loss
  • Freshens your breath
  • Nourishes you with Vitamin C
  • Boosts your energy level
  • It’s antibacterial in nature, containing pectin fibers that help clean your colon
  • Aids with proper functioning of your central nervous system

So, the first thing one should do after making their bed is to get some filtered water, pour it in an 8 to 12 oz glass, and either place a drop of doTERRA’s lemon oil (like I do) in that glass of water, or cut an organic lemon in half, and squeeze that half of lemon into that glass of water.

Don’t gulp it down. Drink it slowly. Ideally, you want to enjoy it while doing the next ritual.

~ Ritual Three ~

Daily Gratification.

Grab a pen and paper, or your journal. Write ten things that you are grateful for in this moment. If you’re broke, be grateful that you have money. If you are rich, be grateful you have money. Do you see that? Just. Be. Grateful. What will it harm? Nothing. What will you gain? Everything.

I learned this from life coach, Lia Dunlap. Look her up.

Do you like the wind that is flowing through your window and touching your skin? Write that down and be grateful for it.

Here is a few from my list:

  1. I am grateful for the talk I had with my daughter last night.
  2. I am grateful that my counseling session yesterday as it helped me with my financial questions.
  3. I am grateful that my books are selling better than ever.
  4. I am grateful…

…you get the point. Gratitude is one of the best, if not the best, magnets to a more fulfilling life. The more you get into this habit, the more your life will transform. Don’t be afraid to open up when you are writing these gratitudes. And, try not to be surprised if you start to tear up. Tears cleanse the soul.

*Side Note that I learned from Lia Dunlap about goals: If you have goals that you would like to accomplish, then after you have completed your ten gratitudes, this is a good time to visualize the end result of your goal(s), feeling what you would feel when you accomplish your goal(s), imagine you have already achieved your goal(s) and placing yourself in the picture, and fill that picture with as much detail as possible.

~ Ritual Four ~

Exercise.

Even for just five or ten minutes. I exercise between twenty and forty minutes every morning. I exercise on something called the cellerciser, a specially made mini-trampoline that folds up and can be stored anywhere without hassle.

If you’d rather get outside and go for a ten, twenty, or sixty minute walk, then even better. Being in nature is one of the best ways to ground and re-energize, plus walking everyday is extremely healthy.

Whatever exercise you do, do it well and with intention to better your day. Always try to improve your daily exercise from one day to the next. Walk an extra mile today, or run an extra minute. The idea is to increase your activity from one day to the next. This tells your body, soul, and mind that you are increasing and improving your life.

~ Ritual Five ~

Smoothie.

This is my favorite of all my rituals. Why? Because it tastes so dang good. Do this after you exercise.

If you have a blender or a vitamix, then this is for you. I like to change my smoothies up every so often as to not dull myself with the same ingredients every morning, but for this writing, I’ll just give you one recipe. A yummy smoothie I had recently:

  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 organic orange
  • A handful of organic strawberries
  • A handful of organic frozen strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of grade B maple syrup (great mineral content)
  • 1 tablespoon of spirulina (a superfood)
  • A half a cup of organic coconut milk or filtered water (I use filtered water on most days)

~ Ritual 6 ~

I start writing. I’ve been able to improve my writing because of these basic rituals. I type faster regarding word count (how many words I can type an hour), plus I have a clearer, more organized mind. Overall, I simply can get more done throughout the day.

~ ~ ~

I know, I told you there were only 5 rituals. In truth, we have a dozen or more rituals we do daily, either consciously or unconsciously. The best rituals are the ones that start our day off right because it cascades into the rest of the day.

I hope this helped you a little bit or a lot. I wrote it as laymen as I could, so everyone could get the gist of my 5 morning rituals.

Also, remember to click on the heart after reading this. It gets more readers to this article and if you feel this article helped you in some way, then paying it forward is another good ritual to include, or continue, in your life.

Much Love!

Brandon Ellis
www.brandon-ellis.com

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4 Comments

  1. Frederick Ahne

    June 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Great plan for getting your life going. And it sounds so simple to accomplish. But what the heck is spirulina and can yyou use bottled lemon Juice?

    • admin

      June 4, 2017 at 1:00 am

      I wouldn’t use bottled lemon juice. The most effective thing you can use is real lemon or an organic essential oil of lemon. Spirulina is considered a super food. Here is what Dr. Axe has to say about Spirulina. It’s long, so get ready:

      “1. Detoxes Heavy Metals (especially Arsenic)
      Affecting people all over the globe, chronic arsenic toxicity is a problem. According to the World Health Organization, the United States is one of the countries affected by inorganic arsenic that is naturally present at high levels.

      Arsenic toxicity is an even bigger problem in the Far East. In the words of Bangladeshi researchers, “Millions of people in Bangladesh, India, Taiwan and Chile are consuming high concentration of arsenic through drinking water, and thousands of them have already developed chronic arsenic poisoning.” (2)

      In fact, up to 3% of the entire nation of Bangladesh showed clinical signs of arsenic poisoning alone! (3) As Bangladeshi researchers pointed out, “there is no specific treatment” for arsenic poisoning, which is why they evaluated alternatives like blue-green algae.

      After giving 24 patients affected by chronic arsenic poisoning spirulina extract (250 mg) plus zinc (2 mg) twice daily, they compared the results with 17 patients who took a placebo and found that the spirulina-zinc combination worked wonderfully. Ultimately, the participants experienced a 47% decrease of arsenic in their body!

      2. Eliminates Candida
      According to researchers, “Candida species belong to the normal microbiota of an individual’s mucosal oral cavity, gastrointestinal tract and vagina.” (4) What does that mean?! Well, without a healthy microflora balance in our body, we are simply much more susceptible to sickness and disease.

      In fact, leaky gut syndrome and improper digestion are directly connected to microfloral imbalance. Not only is invasive candidiasis the leading cause of mycosis-related death in the United States, candida overgrowth has become the hallmark sign for most autoimmune diseases today. (5)

      Because of our shift toward a diet rich in sugar and unnatural ingredients, antimicrobial resistance and ineffective antifungal drugs, we have seen a significant rise in yeast infections since the 1980s.

      Thankfully, spirulina can help. Several animal studies have shown that it’s an effective anti-microbial agent, particularly for candida. (6, 7, 8)

      Specifically, spirulina benefits have been shown to promote the growth of healthy bacterial flora in the intestines, which in turn inhibits Candida from thriving. Additionally, the immune-strengthening properties of spirulina will help the body eliminate Candida cells. (9)

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      3. Improves HIV/AIDS
      Up until recently, epidemiologists have been puzzled trying to understand why people in Japan, Korea and Chad have relatively low HIV/AIDS rates. One possible explanation, revealed in a 2012 study published in the Journal of Applied Phycology, may be the amount of algae people in these areas regularly consume!

      When researchers took 11 HIV patients who have never taken antiretrovirals, they split the participants into three groups: one that was assigned to eat 5 g of brown seaweed every day, one that was to eat 5 g of spirulina, and one that ate a combination of both. (10) After the three-month trial period was complete, two key findings were discovered:

      Absolutely no adverse effects were experienced from both seaweed varieties and the combination.
      CD4 cells (T-helper white blood cells that fight infection and are used to stage HIV) and HIV-1 viral load (another HIV biomarker) remained stable.
      The results were so promising that one participant volunteered to continue the study for an additional 10 months, and this participant actually benefited from “clinically significant improvement in CD4 and decreased HIV viral load”!

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      4. Helps Prevent Cancer
      According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “A number of animal and test tube studies suggest that spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins, and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer.” (11)

      This doesn’t come as a surprise as more than 70 peer-reviewed articles have been published in the scientific literature evaluating spirulina’s ability to effect cancer cells! (12)

      In an article published this past April, Czech Republic scientists pointed out that, in addition to its ability to control blood cholesterol levels, “Spirulina is also rich in tetrapyrrolic compounds closely related to bilirubin molecule, a potent antioxidant and anti-proliferative agent.” (13)

      When tested on human pancreatic cells, these researchers discovered that, “Compared to untreated cells, experimental therapeutics significantly decreased proliferation of human pancreatic cancer cell lines in vitro in a dose-dependent manner.” Essentially, this proves that consuming spirulina can help prevent developing various cancers!

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      5. Lowers Blood Pressure
      Phycocyanin is a pigment found in the spirulina that scientists have discovered possesses antihypertensive effects (it lowers blood pressure). (14) Japanese researchers claim that this is because consuming the blue-green algae reverses endothelial dysfunction in metabolic syndrome.

      I find this extremely promising for Americans because metabolic syndrome has rapidly become one of the main causes of preventable disease today, as it raises one’s risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke. (15)

      6. Reduces Cholesterol
      Along those same lines, spirulina benefits have also been shown to prevent atherosclerosis and reduce elevated blood cholesterol levels.

      A recent animal study published in The Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology took rabbits, fed them a high cholesterol diet (HCD) containing 0.5% cholesterol for four weeks, and then fed them a HCD with 1% or 5% spirulina for an additional eight weeks. (16)

      After the eight-week trial was complete, LDL levels decreased by 26% in the group eating 1% of spirulina and 41% in the group eating 5% spirulina, which heavily suggests that the more we eat the more benefits we will receive! Serum triglycerides and total cholesterol were also significantly reduced.

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      7. Lowers Chance of Stroke
      In the study above, researchers also discovered that the spirulina supplementation lowered intimal aorta surface by 33% to 48%, which suggests that it can prevent atherosclerosis and subsequent stroke. (17)

      It’s important to remember that this clinical trial was conducted on animals that were still eating a HCD, and it highlights that regular spirulina consumption can literally reverse the damage done by eating a poor diet. You can only imagine the heart health benefits that would be experienced in those individuals who have a balanced diet!

      8. Boosts Energy
      When you look at the chemical composition of spirulina, it’s no wonder that people who regularly consume it have an abundance of energy. Dr. Oz recommends combining 1 tsp spirulina powder with 12 oz lime juice and freezing the mixture in ice cube trays for a healthy boost.

      According to Dr. Oz, spirulina and lime enhance energy performance because they unlock sugar from our cells and, when frozen, the cold from the ice boosts metabolic energy while giving our bodies a “wake-up call.” (18)

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      9. Speeds Up Weight Loss
      Diets high in nutrient-dense protein-rich foods like spirulina promote weight loss and low-fat stores through a variety of mechanisms. Because it takes more energy to metabolize, for example, eating protein helps maintain lean tissue and contributes to fat burning.

      It can also curb hunger and overweight people seem to benefit the most. (19) To maximize this benefit, try eating your high protein spirulina in the morning or during midday instead of at night.

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      10. Alleviates Sinus Issues
      Known as allergic rhinitis, spirulina benefits the body by reducing the inflammation that causes people to experience sinus problems, according to numerous studies. (20) Compared to placebo trials, spirulina is effective at reducing itching, nasal discharge, nasal congestion and sneezing.”

      https://draxe.com/spirulina-benefits/

  2. I loved the article sent it to all my places I belong for others to see. I am going to try this for a month and see what happens. I am looking for good results. Thank you for sharing these with us.

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