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9 Morning Habits of Successful Immigrants That Will Completely Change Your Life

Written by Apoorva Chawla

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As an immigrant, one of the hardest decisions you had to make was to leave your home. But when we leave our homeland, we not only leave a home, we leave comfort, a familiar environment and that very routine that you live in for more than 20 to 30 years. Your move is going to be messy and so will be the settlement process. There are no hard and fast rules and regulations to what should go which way, however, there are certainly some tips that you can follow to help you to be successful. This starts with your morning routine and here are some morning habits you could adapt:

1. WAKE UP EARLY:

Waking up early helps you organize yourself for the day, prep a meal.

Benefits- Allows your body to start for the day, be able to take enough breaks, have meals on time, be able to work out on time, and allows you to mentally prepare yourself for the rest of the day.

2. MORNING GREETING TO FAMILY OVERSEAS VIA A VIDEO CALL:

Being away from home, you can still do things that you are used to doing at home. It’s a good idea to greet a “Good morning!” to your family overseas via a video chat app. This will help you kick off your morning like it used to be back home. If you have never done this before, this might be the right time to incorporate in your mornings.

3. STAY HYDRATED:

Its important to keep up with your hydration. But we all wonder how much is enough. Harvard Health Publishing (Harvard Medical School) published an article on the same and advised to drink atleast four to six cups a day. As a conclusion, remember to drink atleast 1 cup before leaving home.

4. MAKE YOUR OWN BED:

Your first task of the day is making your bed and the rest will fall in place. I came across a video where the US Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, one of the most decorated US commanders, was addressing the University of Texas at Austin Class 2014. He spoke about how making your bed every day is the best way to start your day. He further added, “if you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day it will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another and by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into mini task completed.”

5. PRACTICE GRATITUDE: 

Make a list of what you are grateful for and how much you have to look forward to. Benefits: You end up preparing a huge list of things you are grateful for. This will give you the courage to achieve more in life and feel better about yourself. Happiness will surround you more often.

6. MORNING WORKOUT:

Workout with a mate or your roommate or hire a personal trainer to keep you motivated besides receiving some guidance. Adjusting yourself in a new country can be hard and exhausting. You will meet new people, adapt into new culture, and might discover more about yourself. It will be stressful to cope with these changes but exercising regularly will make your transition easier.

Benefits: Improves concentration, mental health fitness, physical fitness, reduced stress response, release of feel-good hormones (endorphins), improved circulation, reduces risk of heart diseases, improved energy storage, improves digestion ability of your gut, improved ability to fall asleep at night and reduced feeling of exhaustion after a long day.

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7. MEDITATION:

A stronger mindset means meditation regularly! The energy you gain is the energy you radiate. If you are wondering how to start meditation, visit youtube and search for “how to meditate?” or if you are simply looking for music, search “meditation music”. You will notice that many will be between 10 to 15 min because that is all you need!

Tip: Combine this with your workout or simple as soon as you wake up!

8. PLAY YOUR DAY:

Grab a diary/planner/notebook and a pen to write down a plan for the day. While in a new country, you may find yourself worrying about time, places, how to get there etc. But planning your day out on a paper really helps and is less time consuming. Feel free to be creative here!

9. READ NEWSPAPER:

Last but not the least, reading newspaper will help you stay current with the ongoings. It will also help you to know your new home better.

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