Morning rituals to reduce stress and promote happiness

Wednesday 11th May 2022 08:15 EDT

Starting your morning in a great tone sets the tone for the entire day. It is very important to ensure a relaxed and well-regimented morning to ensure not only a smooth but a happy day. This would also be the best time to prevent burnout and stress from accumulating to unmanageable levels and planning a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. Depending on what your goals are and what makes you truly happy, you can follow some morning rituals to keep you stress-free and feel content throughout the day.

Grand Master Akshar says starting your day on a calm note, preferably with a smile, feeling gratitude for all that you have, focusing on your health and fitness and keeping negative thoughts at bay are some of the things that will give your day a perfect start.

Some of the morning rituals suggested by him are:

Start your day with a smile - It is important that you wake up feeling happy and grateful for being alive. Gratitude opens a lot of doors and when you start your day with a sense of being thankful then this will naturally allow for more opportunities to flow your way.

Practice yoga, meditation, and pranayama - Invest in your time wisely and spend it on things that will improve your health. Practice the holistic science of yoga by starting your day with simple breathing techniques, meditation, and Surya Namaskar practice. This will promote a healthy mind for better enjoyment of this life, and give you immense peace within yourself.

Consume nutritious food - Healthy food like fruits, vegetables, and fresh home-cooked meals will give you a sense of contentment and do wonders for your body. What is good for your body is also good for your mind, and such practice will feed your soul.

Plan for the day - A little discipline in life goes a long way, especially when it comes to streamlining your professional or personal life. To combat stress or anxiety, take some time out in the morning to create a checklist of things to complete for the day. Knowing how to tackle your tasks will help you take better decisions.

Morning exercises - Set aside at least 10 to 15 minutes of your time every morning to do simple breathing techniques like an Anulom Vilom, Kapal Bhati and Bhastrika Pranayama. Starting your day with awareness of your breath will let you regulate your reactions and responses to people and circumstances calmly.

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