8 Morning and nighttime rituals that will change your life

Small changes to the way you start and end your days can confer big mind and body benefits.

Here you can find some morning and nighttime rituals that will help you have a healthier and happier life.

Drink a glass of warm lemon water: Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning is an excellent way to get your body going. It’s like oil for the Tinman as it goes to work lubricating all of your different internal systems. You want the water to be warm so that it’s not a shock to your system first thing in the morning. The lemon will help get your digestive system ready for the coming meals, and makes the water tastier. You can add a bit of honey to it as well if you want to cut down on some of the tartness.

Wake up earlier: This is priority one because in order to fit in a fantastic morning you’re going to need some extra time compared to your current routine. If you’ve turned into a night owl because of the peace and quiet it affords, you’ll be equally satisfied by the same peace and quiet an early morning provides, and it’s simply a matter of shifting your personal time to the wee hours of the morning rather than late at night. The difference to your body is noticeable.

Read something that makes you feel good: Reading activates your imagination in a positive way, and reading a page or even just a paragraph of something that makes you feel good right before you go to bed can make a huge difference. Some good ideas for what to read: Any self-improvement book that provides uplifting guidance that resonates with you, a Chicken Soup for the Soul book or Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book, a book of poems that you like, really anything that you enjoy reading and will look forward to each night.

Listen to soothing music: Putting your mind in a state that’s conducive to sleep is what it’s all about when crafting your bedtime habits. Putting on some Classical or New Age music can help your body relax, and your mind calm down. If music isn’t working out for you, try turning off any noise making electronic devices such as the TV, computers, or your smartphone and just have an hour or so of quiet time before bed. This will send yet another signal to the body that you’re wrapping up for the day and it’s almost time for bed.

Dry brush your body: Dry brushing the body is an Ayurvedic practice that helps improve your circulation and slough off dead skin cells. Brushing towards your heart is essential, and you’ll want to start at your extremities and work your way in, covering all of your parts before hopping in the shower.
Dry brushing will help leave your skin feeling smoother, and you’ll notice the difference after you’ve dried off. Apply a moisturizer afterward to retain that suppleness.

Meditate for a few minutes: There´s no better time than the morning to sit and clear your mind for a few minutes. There’s also no right way to meditate, so if you’ve tried specific methods and didn’t really like it, it’s time to develop your own personal style. Choose a position that you find comfortable, and decide if you’d like music or not. Just sitting and listening to the silence can be enough for most.

Smile at yourself in the mirror for 30 seconds: This is a can’t-miss way to boost your self-esteem, and once you get into the habit you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. It’s basically just a matter of designating some time as true “me time” and seeing a happy you reflected back in the mirror. This works on a number of different levels, but at the core is the ability it gives you to talk right to the bigger part of yourself, the part that is running in the background and getting the important things done. Make sure you’re smiling, it doesn’t have to be a big goofy grin, just the hint of a smile works, like you’ve got some tricks up your sleeve and you’re ready to show the world what you can do. You’ll be surprised at the positive thoughts this exercise inspires.

Write out your top 3 for tomorrow: If the stress of tomorrow is creeping into tonight, write out the three things you definitely want to get done tomorrow. You’ll be turning these over to your subconscious mind while you’re sleeping, and you’ll wake up with idea on how to get them done more efficiently.

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