Tips and Tricks: Wake Up Easier in The Morning

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“I love waking up in the morning”- said no one ever. Well at least, no one who has to get up at 5:30 AM for school. The sound of that awfully noisy alarm taunting you to get up and meet the day’s demands is truly a perpetual struggle, I must admit.  However, ever since I’ve started developing some sort of routine on my “Sleeping Schedule” It has been comparatively easier. Although, I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a “morning person” because I still consider myself a “Sleepoholic”

For anyone else struggling,

Here are 10 things to make waking up in the morning easier:

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1)  Know the Purpose

Why do you need to wake up in the morning? What becomes your goal and motivation? Don’t just get up because you have to. Most of the time when you’re supposed to set off that alarm, you press the snooze button because you let yourself succumb to that urge. Having a purpose will not only help you get up, but also begin the day with dreams you stored. Accountability is as effective as an alarm clock.

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2) Brew That Coffee

Like every process, waking up needs time. Don’t just jump out of the bed in haste after realising you’re late because of a few minutes of extra sleep. Set the clock a minimum of an hour earlier. Brew coffee, relax, stretch, read the paper, take a few minutes for yourself to get used to “reality”

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3) Set Your Body Clock

Never compromise the amount of sleep your body is accustomed to, especially if you have to get up in the morning. Know how much sleep you need and adjust your sleeping patterns accordingly. With that being said, this change is not instantaneous. It is going to take major adjustments affecting our daily activities, but the outcome is so worth it! One way to figure out what might work best for you is to set a consistent bedtime that starts about 8 hours before your alarm is going to go off.

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4) Shut Down

To get up on time, you must sleep early. Wind up before bed time because spending too much time on gadgets before bed, may not lead to a restful sleep. Be sure to turn everything off!

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5) Expose Yourself to Light

Make sure your bedroom is exposed to sunrise or bright lights. This helps your body clock accept your wake up time. This will help make your day brighter by embracing the new day with good mood.

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6) Hard To Reach “Snooze Button”

It is always a tendency to postpone the time to wake up, so create an obstacle to force you out of the bed. If the alarm is placed next to your bed, place it elsewhere.

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7) Maintain Sleep During Weekend 

Compensating sleep on the weekends feeds into sleepiness for the following week and interrupts the set body clock. Stick to your accustomed bed time even on your weekends to maintain regularity.

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8) Drink Plenty of Water

Be sure to gulp down glasses of water before you go to bed and immediately after you wake up. This will not only rehydrate and rejuvenate your senses, it’ll also compel you to get up and go to the toilet.

9) Make Your Mornings Motivationalwoman-happy-morning-prevention

Part of the struggle to wake up in the morning is when you’re alarmed with stress and pressure of having so much to do. Instead of stressing out, think about the good things that await you that day. Dwell on thoughts that puts a smile on your face.

10) Remember to Pray3656249818_woman_praying_answer_1_xlarge

Always pray before going to bed to Thank God for his constant protection throughout the day and every morning after getting up, to seek blessings to start a new day with happiness and success in whatever you do.

“Father, unto thee I pray,
Thou hast guarded me all day;
Safe I am while in thy sight,
Safely let me sleep tonight.
Bless my friends, the whole world bless;
Help me to learn helpfulness;
Keep me every in thy sight;
So to all I say good night.”

Following a routine like this does take time and adjustment and dedication. Don’t expect immediate results or instant perfection, It’s a setup for failure. Instead, improvise and alter as you make this important lifestyle change. Good Luck and I sincerely hope it helped!

PS: So Incredibly grateful for those feedbacks and encouragement 🙂 Please do not hesitate to leave more of those suggestions (negative/positive) to improve this blog. Future blog post requests are always appreciated. Good Day! 

-S

Spiritual Sundays: Religious Tolerance

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Wishing everyone on the “Blogosphere” a very Happy Sunday! I will be doing a “Spiritual Sunday” post every sunday dedicated to religion since it does play an important part of happiness in our daily lives.

“There are about 2 billion Christians, more than 1 billion Muslims, 700+ million Hindus, 350+ million Buddhists, 150 million Atheists, 14 million Jews, etc. It would seem that religious tolerance is a necessity if we are going to get along. We need to be tolerant of those who have different religious beliefs. We should not hate and persecute someone because of his or her faith.”

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As a Christian, I have in the past been faced with confrontations and intolerance coming from my closest friends and family, which was not only hurtful but also ethically WRONG. I do believe that as believers we are obligated to defend our faiths but not by insulting one another’s. I’m starting off this series with this topic to prevent future conflicts or differences.

Always keep in mind that:

<All of us have the right to our own faith and beliefs>

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With that being said, it does not give us the right to use our religion to discriminate against each other and forcefully impose those beliefs on them. Every single one is entitled to their own beliefs.

As the bible says;

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it”- 1 Peter 3:8-11

<Never blame religion for tragedies around the world>

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Every religion has its own best interest and blaming it for a tragic event is unfair. Some examples are; The war between Gaza and Israel, 9/11, sexual molestation of children by a Catholic priest. Religion isn’t to be blamed for these, people are. Just because a person has a grey hair doesn’t mean they are old. Just because you’ve never seen an actual human brain, it doesn’t mean its absent. Just because a person looks intimidating doesn’t mean he’s a criminal. Everything doesn’t always have to be black or white, that’s why “shades of grey” exists.

<Stop Judging!>

Apparently we all need to learn something from batman..

Apparently we all need to learn from batman..

Judging someone by their religion is as bad as judging them by their race. It truly bothers me to know that a 14-year old girl in an (unnamed) “International” school was told to sit in a separate table for being a non-vegetarian in a vegetarian community for religious purposes. That feeling of disapproval may have a psychological impact on her and make her question her own beliefs. It’s 2014 people, an open mind would be great!

<Love and Respect to Everyone>

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“All men are created equal” emphasis on “created equal” Instead of hating one another, give them love. That is the best representation of your faith and beliefs. Love is the common bond that we all share, cultivate it and let it flourish without bounds, conditions, reasons, excuses, intentions, obligations or expectations.

Sorry if this offended a personal opinion. This was in no way means of disrespect to anyone. As I said when I started this blog, I long for a better world with no hate or fright but full of joy and life. Hope this was useful and not too long! (oops)

PS: So Incredibly grateful for those feedbacks and encouragement 🙂 Please do not hesitate to leave more of those suggestions (negative/positive) to improve this blog. Future blog post requests are always welcome. Have a great Sunday!

Much Love,

-S

How To: Deal with Embarrassment

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Can you believe that this week is coming to an end already?! I feel like this week has gone by so fast. Although, I must say I’m pretty excited about the weekend. #TGIF :p After yesterday’s depressing post, I decided to go on something lighter that does not involve too much thinking/ reflection.

One of the most common things we deal with is embarrassment, no judgements there! Mistakes and Errors are a part of life whether we like it or not. The worst part is knowing that everyone in the world knows about it where you can even hear them laughing at your face. As much as we would all like to move to a tiny country no one’s ever heard of, running away is NOT a solution. I agree that it seems like the best and easiest thing to do. But trust me If anything, acting like a ‘coward’ makes the whole situation worse.

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Here are a few things we should keep in mind when dealing with those types of situation.

1) Hold your Head High

The only worst enemy in this situation is our minds battling thoughts constantly. Stop overanalysing or questioning what should have happened but instead grow and flourish from mistakes.

2) Take Responsibility

This is the tricky part since the solution lies in the problem itself. The best way to take responsibility is to apologise. Owning up to your mistakes will not only improve the situation, it defines your character and its what will make you look more admirable. Be careful of making that mistake seem like a joke, humour has its price. The key is not to take it too seriously or too lightly.

3) Rely on your Support System

In this situation, it’s always best to have a “shoulder to lean on”. This can be anyone from your family and friends. The more people you have supporting you, the quicker this gets over.  It may be painful to the people you love after such a blunder, but they are the ones comforting you and making you realise that they’re always there for you.

4) Learn from it

All men make mistakes. But only wise men learn from it- Winston Churchill

The most important thing is to learn from your mistakes. If this behaviour of yours casts doubt on your judgement and maturity, then there’s just a bigger lesson to learn.

5) Move On

Ultimately, embarrassment is just a fleeting thing- its painful but quick. What others regard you as, should not matter. The only opinions you should consider are yours and from those people around you who loves you. Take your punishment, learn a lesson and get on with your life.

From now on, there is absolutely no reason to be embarrassed. Only you can haunt yourself with your past. Being human means making mistakes, learning from it and becoming a better person afterwards.

Hope this helps!

QOTD (Question Of The Day):

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What was the most embarrassing moment for you and how did you deal with it? 

PS: Please do not hesitate to leave your feedbacks and suggestions (negative/positive) to improve this blog. Future blog post requests are always welcome. Have a splendid weekend! 🙂 x

-S

Take a Moment: Ebola Outbreak

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“Take a Moment” is a special blog post that focuses on current worldwide issues that we tend to neglect. Acknowledging these issues by including them in our prayers and showing compassion through certain ways possible.

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Ebola patient in critical condition.

The Ebola Virus Disease also known as EVD (EHF) causes serious illness and even fatality after its first major outbreak in West Africa, 1976.  The contagious disease has caused deaths recently in March 2014, spreading across land borders. Continuous research trials has been carried out to find a vaccine to contain the disease. The fast-tracked pace of the trial has been dictated by the alarming spread of this deadly virus, which has killed more than 3800 people.

Thomas Eric Duncan, first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S deceased after a week in an isolation ward with critical condition.

Thomas Eric Duncan, first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S deceased after a week in an isolation ward with critical condition.

Compassion in Action

The first Ebola patient diagnosed was exposed to the disease while trying to help an infected pregnant woman to a hospital in Liberia, where she was turned away due to lack of space. He then helped her get home and carried her into the house where she passed away. Despite knowing the fact that it was a dangerous disease, he risked his life for a noble deed.

“His suffering is over,” his partner Louise Troh said in a statement. “My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God. Our deepest sympathies go out to his father and family in Liberia and here in America. Eric was a wonderful man who showed compassion toward all.”

His compassion touched many people who are still mourning his loss and inspired many more to help the helpless. Every act of kindness counts just as every drop in the ocean.

An act of compassion doesn’t have to be giving up our life for others. Even holding a door for the person behind you or smiling at a stranger (well not in a creepy kind of way- but you know what i mean!). I can assure you  the Joy in helping others, is indescribable! Just like a rush of adrenaline. Not convinced? Try it out yourself!

I DARE YOU TO COMPLETE AT LEAST ONE OF THESE 🙂 

  1. Take a MomentVisit someone lonely/ill and console them.
  2. Offer a hug to someone crying.
  3. Cheer up someone angry.
  4. Offer your seat to an elderly.
  5. Offer a streetwalker a ride.
  6. Tip a waiter generously.
  7. Give a person you dislike a compliment.
  8. Buy lunch for a homeless person.

Without compassion, humanity ceases to exist.

Stop being and start acting! x

-S

Welcome to My Blog!

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A Family Photo Shoot my sister and I attended a while back. We decided to act a little crazy! #oops :p

All my life, I’ve always wanted to do something challenging and different. I’ve always had ideas firing up my brain about starting an “Inspirational blog“. I consider starting this blog as a form of mutualism since, I truly hope that it inspires me as much as it inspires people.

Main Objective 

Some will comment on the fact that I’m only 16 and I’m trying to “teach” people how to live a better life when this most definitely is NOT the case. As a teenager, the issues I deal with may not be the worst but, this does not make coping with it any easier. Everyone deals with similar kinds of emotional stress on a daily basis. This is a common thread of that we get to hopefully work on with hope and positivity.

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Everything in the future blog posts will mainly comprise on real-life issues and its aspired coping mechanism. All based on my own thoughts and perspectives. This covers everything from Trending Topics, Types of Personality, Personal Advice or even Useful Ideas. Treasures of happiness are always burried underneath negativity and complications. Keeping it short and concise, I hope that the readers find it easy to relate to.  Here’s to uncovering tid-bits that’ll hopefully make life more exciting! 🙂

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Like I said earlier, the most important aspect of this blog is a mutual connection. So, feel free to ask random questions and involve yourself in discussions. Also, feel free too leave feedbacks and suggestions for future blog posts. Last but not the least, thank you for checking out this blog. It means the world to me knowing that my efforts are appreciated. Keep Smiling! 🙂

Cheers to a happier future! x 

– S