Ever heard the saying 'If you win the morning, you win the day' We stole this from Tim Ferriss as well as the 5 rituals below. Tim believes if he can hit at least 3 of the below it sets him up with positive momentum and fewer distractions for the day. 1. Make your bed. This idea originated for Tim in India, where he spent time with a monk who convinced him it was a very positive way to start the day. It teaches you that its the little things in life that matter, Tim says. It's about exerting control where you can because no matter how bad your day is going to be you can make your bed. 2. Meditate. Regular meditation provides a number of different benefits ranging from decreasing anxiety and stress to improving focus. There are many different forms of meditation, Tim practices transcendental meditation which uses repetitive sound or a mantra to block out other thoughts. 3. Exercise
Researchers at the University of Bristol found that people who exercise during the workday have more energy and a more positive outlook, which are both critical to getting things done,” he says. “Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. 4. Drink Tea Tim also drinks aged pu-erh tea every morning, mixing in turmeric, ginger, and green teas to create an even stronger health-enhancing drink which he refers to as "Titanium Tea." By adding turmeric tea, the drink becomes a great anti-inflammatory that helps prevent cancer, whereas ginger tea is often used to soothe the stomach, relieve sore muscles, and ease painful periods. Include some green tea and you've now created a drink loaded with antioxidants that can reduce damage to your body on a cellular level. 5. Journal The final part of Tim's morning routine involves journaling, which he does in one of two ways. Option number one is the Five-Minute Journal, which allows him to identify his achievements as well as his blessings in life. It's something he refers to as "therapeutic intervention," as it makes him a happier, more contented person. Option number two is the powerful Morning Pages process. Writing out these three pages enables him to take his anxiety and "trap it on the page" so he can go about his day with a clear and positive mind. By taking time every morning to write your thoughts down, no matter which method you choose, you can start your day on a more positive note.