Are you one of those people that picks up your phone and starts scrolling from the moment you wake up? If you are, you’re ruining your life.
The first thing that we do when we wake up in the morning is arguably the most important; it sets the tone for our day and dictates whether we “react” or “respond” to events and circumstances. It’s becoming more and more apparent that our phones and social media are slowly destroying our brains and our ability to think, especially when we’re not conscious about it. Now more than ever, it’s of vital importance to put your phone down and start your day with some powerful habits.
When you break it down, all that success comes down to is one simple thing: what you do everyday. Lewis Schenk shares with us the 5 most important habits you need to thrive in the fast paced world we live in.
It’s well known that there are countless benefits to fasting, including; increases in growth hormone production, reduction in inflammation and fat loss. However, the transformation Lewis experienced by simply changing when he ate, allowed his focus and productivity to go to the next level. “When lockdowns started and I was at home 24/7, all I wanted to do was eat. I’d be eating from sunrise until the moment i went to bed. I was feeling slow and unhealthy, and when I decided to start fasting again, my productivity and energy levels went through the roof” Lewis explains. This may sound counter intuitive as food is energy…right? Well, digestion takes up an enormous amount of our bodies limited energy, which is often why we can be left feeling tired or in a “food coma” after a big meal. By implementing intermittent fasting windows of around 16-18 hours of fasting a day, you’ll look and feel better, and be able to achieve more in your daily life.
2. Daily Social Media Detox’s
Now before you say “No way, I can’t delete my social media’s!”. We aren’t talking about deleting your accounts and waving goodbye to your followers and social life. It’s no secret that the average screen time has increased since covid-19 hit, meaning that nearly every-time we open our phones we unconsciously open Instagram or Facebook and start scrolling until well…there’s nothing left to scroll. Like intermittent fasting with food, intermittent social media fasting should be something that’s practiced daily. “You’ll be amazed how much less likely you are to go on instagram if you don’t have the app on your phone. We want things instantly nowadays, and if it’s not achieved in a second then we probably won’t wait” Lewis said. Fortunately, less screen time equals more productivity and edging closer towards your goals, which is why you should protect your mental health with mini social media detox’s.
3. Create A Powerful Morning Routine
Did you know that if you read 10 pages a day, for 365 days, you’ve read nearly 15 books? As mentioned earlier, the way you start your day sets the tone for the remainder of it. By accomplishing even the most basic task when you first wake up, you carry that momentum on into the rest of the day. “Every morning the first thing I do is pick up my journal, write down my goals and 3 things I’m grateful for, read 15 pages of a book and then meditate for 10 minutes. Since I’ve done that I can honestly say I can’t remember the last time I had a bad day” Lewis said. Cold showers are also another element of Lewis’ morning routine that boost his energy and make him feel alive. As the saying goes, “win the morning, win the day”. This is one of the mantras Lewis lives his life according to.
4. Walk Everywhere You Can
With gyms closed during lockdowns, exercise options are very limited for those who don’t have expensive and elaborate home gym set-ups. Perhaps the most underrated and basic form of exercise is walking. Walking is shown to have numerous benefits and is scientifically proven to be better for fat loss than running. That’s due to the energy systems used for each activity – aerobic activity (running), is fuelled by carbohydrates, while anaerobic exercise (walking, sprinting) uses fat for energy. Walking is also a lot less strenuous on the body and it’s great as it naturally suppresses hunger levels. So next time you’re thinking of driving the 600m to the local shops… walk.
5. Make Someone Else’s Day
Whether it be a simple smile or asking how their day’s going, a little goes a long way when it comes to brightening up someone’s day. “I make it a habit to always ask people how their day is going, whether it be at a supermarket checkout or walking down the street” Lewis said. It’s amazing to see how someone’s face lights up when you ask them such a simple question, however it’s often human interaction which we all crave most. By making someone else’s day better, we make our own day better, as the positive energy we put out always comes back to us. Doing good things for others inherently makes us feel good and as the saying goes “The most selfish thing we can do, is be selfless”.
By implementing these 5 simple habits into your daily life, you’ll be well on your way to achieving personal growth and success like you’ve never experienced before.
Find him on Instagram @lewis_schenk
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