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A few simple practices were all it took to set me on a trajectory for success.

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Almost one year ago, my life changed. It wasn’t a big, dramatic event that was the catalyst, nor a realization that my life was on the wrong path. To be honest, I didn’t even know that the path I was on was heading in a direction I didn’t want to go.

No, what changed my life was far more simple. I started a morning routine.

It’s true when they say small, micro efforts daily add up to huge results. I hardly changed anything — I was simply spending the first 40 minutes of my day in a different way. …

The daily practices of the Stoics for a life lived well.

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The Stoic life centred around habits and routines — practices in which they engaged daily, from their waking moments until going to sleep, that provided the structure necessary for a day lived well. These practices can provide a blueprint for us, to help us to lead good and happy lives. This article outlines these practices, and how you can structure your day like a Stoic thousands of years later.

“Assemble your life… action by action. And be satisfied if each one achieves its goal… No one can keep that from happening…Action by action.” — Marcus Aurelius


Wake up early

“The day has already…

The 7 practices that begin my day.

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When I created a morning routine, my whole life changed.

I became happier, incredibly more productive, and experienced success in every aspect of my life. My routine is constantly ebbing and flowing, depending on what’s happening in my life and what I need most.

Lately, I’ve found I need a slow, simple, and grounded routine, to start my day off in a calm frame of mind which I can carry with me through the day.

Starting your morning in the tone you want to carry with you for the rest of the day is crucial.

“You can have all the…

3 ways to apply Biophilia Hypothesis to your life for increased well-being

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Did you know we spend 93% of our time inside?

To me, this is crazy. When I read that, I thought it couldn't possibly be right. So I did some calculations. However, assuming I’m awake for about 16 hours of the day, it means I’m outside for less than 70 minutes each day. And I’m ashamed to say that sounds pretty accurate, especially now in the cold and dark winter months.

And I’m someone who actively tries to get outside each day, so I can only imagine what it’s like for those who don’t.

However, this is more than just…

And its four surprising benefits.

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Out of all the practices I write about, I can confidently say that this is the most important one to incorporate into your morning.

If you do nothing else in your morning routine, at least get some water into your body. Without enough water, our bodies won’t be able to effectively execute everything else we need them to.

While incredibly overdone at this point, please bear with me, as I believe this practice is crucial for good health.

The importance of hydrating in the morning

While this is a simple and not very exciting habit, it’s so important. …

And two reasons why you should.

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Eating regimes are popular right now.

Intermittent fasting, one meal a day (OMAD), and alternate-day fasting are all terms you may have heard of. But time-restricted eating (TRE) is different. TRE is a lifestyle; it’s not a diet and it’s not a fasting protocol.

And it’s a lifestyle that has what seems like endless benefits.


1. Line up with your natural rhythms

TRE involves reducing your eating window and lining it up with your natural rhythms. Our ancestors ate most of their food in the earlier portion of the day and generally went from late afternoon until the next morning without eating. …

Protect your heart. Your life depends on it.

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Is your heart healthy?

You might be young, active, and healthy. But that doesn’t mean your heart is in a good state, nor does it mean you will never have an issue with your heart in the future. The key to living a long and healthy life is to support your heart health now.

It’s not complicated. In fact, everything mentioned here should be included as part of a healthy lifestyle anyway. So here are the 3 main concepts to be aware of to keep your heart healthy.

1. Heart-healthy lifestyle

The key concept in living a heart-healthy life is in your lifestyle.

You don’t need to wake up early to be successful.

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Waking up early is a key part of being a writer.

Or so I thought. You see the articles all the time — My 5am Morning Routine, or I’ve Been Waking Up at 4am for a Month — Here’s How it Changed My Life. So, of course, I started waking up early.

But let me tell you, it changed my life — just not for the better.


“Ours is a culture where we wear our ability to get by on very little sleep as a kind of badge of honor that symbolizes work ethic, or toughness, or some other virtue…

How working less will actually help you achieve more.

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The creative mind thrives on freedom.

It doesn’t like to be cooped up in a tight schedule, always working, planning, figuring out how to be more productive. The creative mind needs free time. But more and more, being constantly busy has become the way for so many creatives.

The path to great work lies in working less.

You don’t have to work hard for the sake of working hard

This is a trap that I myself have fallen into, and am yet to find a way out.

However, I’m getting there. And I hope other creatives are able to do the same. …

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