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When the alarm clock goes off, most of us either hit snooze or groggily get out of bed without much thought about how we’re starting the day. But if you can spare 10 extra minutes, you can make a world of difference to your mental and physical health — all before leaving your bed in the morning. Use these tips to get up on the right side of the bed from now on.

1. Put down your cellphone

Time needed: 30 seconds

After the alarm goes off, put your phone back down on the nightstand. Get into the habit of guarding your mental health, which means resisting the temptation to scroll through your social media feeds or checking the news.

Research has some startling things to say in this department. For example, frequent social media useis linked with high rates of depression and low self-esteem. In addition, it’s well established thatwatching or reading the news negatively impacts our mental health. That’s because the news you see on your feed may be violent and emotionally-charged, causing you to feel more anxious and angry. Over time, it may even alter your world view, leading you to believe the world is more dangerous than it actually is.

Whoa! The last thing you need in the morning is to activate your sympathetic nervous system, which simulates the flight or fight response. Instead, simply opt out. In his book “4-Hour Workweek,” author and lifestyle designer Tim Ferris says, “I never watch the news and haven’t bought one single newspaper in the last five years.” He prefers to hear a quick recap of the news from friends and colleagues. Now there’s something to consider.

2. Think of 10 things you’re grateful for

 

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Source: 6 Things To Do Before Getting Out Of Bed In The Morning

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