Research Backed Tips to Supercharge Your Morning Routine and the Rest of Your Life

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Given recent advances in brain imaging and neuroscience, we now know that the brain is affected by every experience, thought, emotion, and every second of stress. How much of your life do you spend in the present moment? How much time do you spend daydreaming, ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future? (source: themorningmind)

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"Building a solid foundation for beginning your day will help you achieve success in every area of your life," says Carter "the hours of the morning are the most critical time of the day."

Given recent advances in brain imaging and neuroscience, we now know that the brain is affected by every experience, thought, emotion, and every second of stress. How much of your life do you spend in the present moment? How much time do you spend daydreaming, ruminating about the past, or worrying about the future?

“There are many different ways to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills such as mindful reading, writing, brain teasers, —along with getting enough sleep, physical activity and of course a few minutes of meditation,” says Carter, co-author with his wife, Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter, of The Morning Mind: Use Your Brain to Master Your Day and Supercharge Your Life, #1 Amazon Bestseller & Forbes Best Self-Help. (http://www.themorningmind.com).

Carter offers 4 ways to train your brain and supercharge your life

1. Reflect On What Makes You Happy To Be Alive. “The subconscious responds very powerfully to feeling, and the more of a sensory experience you can make your ref, the more effective it will be,” says Carter.

2. Get enough shut-eye. “Sleep is an essential part of physical health,” says Carter “when we sleep, the body performs a vast array of therapeutic and healing functions that detox, repair, and heal the body and brain.”

3. Exercise your body as well as mind. “Take a 15 to 30 minute walk each morning, — or yoga, swimming, dance or do yard work if you prefer,” Carter. “ Exercise stimulates the brain plasticity by stimulating-growth of new connections between cells in a wide array of important cortical areas of the brain.” Carter says,

4. Take control and train your brain with meditation.“Meditation trains the brain to be in the present moment, and to return to that focus when negative thinking and emotions intrude,” says Carter.

Carter says offers 8 simple steps to happiness and achieving a relaxed state of mind in only five to eight minutes. 1) Sit comfortably, 2) Perform a shoulder roll, 3) Gently close your eyes, 4) Breathe in through your nose and count to four, 5) Exhale through your nose and count to four, 6) Be aware of the sensation of the breath entering the nostrils, 7. Keep attention on the breathing and when you become distracted by thoughts, do not try to stop thinking, just observe the loss of presence and return your attention to breathing, and 8) continue this exercise for five to ten minutes or until you experience a calm mind, and practice daily.

About Dr. Rob Carter III and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter

Dr. Rob Carter III and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter are co-authors of The Morning Mind: Use Your Brain to Master Your Day and Supercharge Your Life (http://www.themorningmind.com). Rob Carter is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, an expert in human performance, and has academic appointments in emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in public health at Azusa Pacific University, and in nutrition at the University of Maryland. He holds a PhD in biomedical sciences, is a Gates Scholar, and completed postgraduate studies at Harvard School of Public Health.

Kirti Carter was born in Pune, India, and received her medical education in India, where she practiced as an intensive-care physician at Breach Candy Hospital before moving to Texas to complete postgraduate training in public health. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress (FAIS), has more than 18 years of experience in meditation and breathing techniques, and has been facilitating wellness seminars for the past decade.

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