It’s difficult to begin your day on a positive note, especially if you’re not a morning person. By performing simple stretches and going out for a quick run, you can increase your endorphin level and begin the day feeling pumped up and happy. It also helps to organize your day beforehand and put your thoughts out on a piece of paper. Additionally, express gratitude – it’ll make you feel thankful and positive. Now that we’ve established how precious your mornings can be for your mental health, here are a few things you can do to make the best of this delicate, lovely time that you have all to yourself.
1. Start The Night Before
Do you often wake up feeling more exhausted than you did when you got into bed? Lack of sleep could be the culprit. Instead of watching “just one more episode,” turn off your TV and try to get into bed by 10 o’clock. If you can’t fall asleep immediately, try reading a book. You are bound to drift off soon enough, and this way, your body can get its 8 hours of rest.
2. Stretch Yourself Out
This is something you can do while you’re still in bed! Stretch your limbs out as much as you can. This triggers the release of dopamine, a hormone that boosts your mood, energy, and self-esteem. Pair this with a few breathing exercises and you’ll find yourself beating the urge to hit the snooze button.
3. Take A Moment Of Personal Praise
If you constantly juggle between multiple tasks throughout the day, you might feel anxious and incompetent. Finding faults with yourself, especially over situations that you have no control over, will only make your day worse.
To avoid self-sabotaging thoughts from attacking your mood, try this simple exercise. Take a few minutes and think of five qualities in you that are you are proud of. You could be a kind person, or maybe you can cook really well. Maybe you’re extremely responsible about your work, or you’re the kind who takes great care of the people you love. This is will make you feel more positive about yourself and will help you start the day on a high note!
4. Stay Connected And Express Gratitude
Just as it’s important to praise yourself, it’s equally important to give thanks to the people who love you for who you are. Studies claim that people who express gratitude about their lives are more optimistic about their lives in general. Another fun fact? They also tend to pay fewer visits to their doctor, which further proves that there may indeed be a strong connection between positive attitude and good physical health.2
Also, pick up the phone and give a quick call to your parents, or call your best friends to tell them how lucky you are to know them. Even if you don’t thank them all the time, just connecting with the people you love at the start of your day can do wonders for your mood.
5. Drink Enough Water
After all those long hours of rest, your body wakes up feeling dehydrated and needs a wake-up drink. If you’re already reaching out for the coffee, stop. It is true that coffee can make you more alert, but not when you drink it first thing in the morning. Drinking coffee, especially on an empty stomach is just asking for more stress – because caffeine is notorious for releasing cortisol, your body’s stress hormone.
Instead, head over to the stove to warm yourself some water. Add a quick squeeze or two of lemon juice into this and drink up. This not only keeps you hydrated, but also helps in digestion, losing weight, and clarifying your skin. But, if you absolutely cannot do without your coffee, get yourself a mug while eating breakfast. That way you can alleviate the side effects of caffeine and the release of cortisol will only make you alert, not overtly stressed.
6. Go For A Walk
It is a well-known fact that exercise helps boost endorphin, lovingly nicknamed the ‘Happy Hormone’, and will make you feel more energized in the mornings. Additionally a quick run in the morning will help your skin intake vitamin D, which strengthens your bones and boosts your immunity. This sunshine vitamin also helps regulate the serotonin level in your brain, thus calming your nerves and giving your mood a quick positive boost.
7. Get Mentally Organized
Right from the time you open your eyes, you will find your mind at the mercy of a vast deluge of thoughts which makes you all the more tempted to go back to sleep. The first step is to get this jumble of thoughts is to pen it down on paper. Grab a notepad and list out what’s in your head, one by one. Now segregate these thoughts and tasks into various categories, depending on priority. Not only will this help clear your head and make you feel more prepared to take on the day, it may even lead to better chances of you finishing all your tasks.
8. Tune Into Something Happy
It always helps to play something in the background as you go about preparing yourself for the day, and with the current media onslaught, you’re definitely spoilt for choice. There are, of course, television and radio news channels, but they may be a little too noisy to help you start your day on a peaceful note. Choose to play some soothing music, and soak yourself in the melody. Not feeling like music? You could even choose to tune out altogether and just enjoy the silence before the chaos sets in.
9. Step Into A Cold Shower
If you’re going to have a long day, why not look your best while you’re tackling it? Don’t skimp on shower-time. Start with lukewarm water to open up the pores of your skin and work your way slowly towards water that’s on the colder side. The idea of a cold shower may not sound very tempting but it comes with a number of benefits.
Cold water has a great ability to help you snap out of your drowsiness.
It has been proven that cold showers can positively boost the mood and trigger creative thinking.
Cold showers aid in vasodilation that helps improve blood circulation. Thus, it’s great for maintaining healthy skin and hair
Note:It’s all good to dress well and look presentable, but try not to spend too much time figuring out what to wear and how to do your hair. Save that energy for the rest of the day.
10. Eat A Healthy Breakfast
The most important meal of the day gets its title for a very good reason. Not only does a healthy breakfast give your body the energy it needs to take on the day, it also helps you maintain your weight, boost your mood, and keeps chronic-degenerative diseases at bay. But remember that by eating healthy, we do not mean helping yourself to boxed cereals, glasses of processed fruit juices, and pancakes dripping with sugary syrup; these will do you more harm than good. Instead, opt for:
Oats with blueberries
Oats with chia seeds
Wholegrain toast and omelets
Wholegrain toast with nut butter
Yogurt with whole fruits
Fruit salads with nuts and pumpkin or flax seeds
11. Plan Something Fun For The End Of The Day
Giving yourself something fun to look forward to can give you a great reason for smiling all day. Studies claim that the anticipation of something exciting can give you just as much happiness as the event itself.6
So go right ahead and book those tickets to the latest movie, or make a reservation for yourself and your friends at the new restaurant in town!
12. Execute Random Acts Of Kindness
Often, we get so caught up in all that we have to do in a day, we forget about the fact that there may be others around us who are having as tough a day as we are. Every morning, resolve to do an act of kindness. It could be something as simple as holding the door open for an elderly person or offering up your seat to someone on the bus, or maybe even carrying someone’s bags for them. Being able to make a difference in someone else’s life, even in the tiniest of ways, can bring you immense happiness.7Kindness also has a funny way of coming back to you in unexpected ways, so go ahead, knock yourself out!
Starting your day on a positive note is not easy, especially if you’re suffering from depression or anxiety. Try to be determined and have a strong willpower – that’s half the battle won! These tips will help you begin your day positively and increase your productivity. Just stay the path for a few months and you’ll start seeing the difference for yourself!
Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.
What a wonderful and exciting year we had in 2018! God
blessed us with so many things, it is hard to name them all. Let me begin with
our blog… danabicksauthor.com.
This year, we jumped to an astounding 20.6 million
followers in 29+ countries around the world. It even crashed our personal website
twice! My wife and I have met so many terrific people through the blog,
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Renowned famous names are now taking a ride
with us and communicating regularly. It proves my point everyone is looking for
something to fill a small hole within themselves. In April and September, once
again, Feedspot named our blog a “Top 30 Inspirational Blog in the World”; and Instagram
also called it a Top 20 Inspirational Blog.
In 2019, our blog will be redesigned again and running
from its own server. We will also begin a Weekly Newsletter to be emailed to
all those who sign up for our latest news and blogs. You can find the email
sign up box at the bottom of the blog and on the Facebook page – Dana Bicks,
It was a rough start for my first book, There In God’s Grace. From March through
July, it went through the hands of three very large publishers whose only agenda
was to change sentences and words to make it more “politically” correct. These
narratives are my miracles and struggles, and to alter it would have been
a terrible injustice. So, after praying for answers, my wife and I decided to self-publish
and incorporate our own publishing company, Bicks Books, LLC.
We finally released
There In God’s Grace to the public on September 27, 2018, with wonderful
reviews! It can be found everywhere in the world, in every bookstore, and
online. Thank you to all our vendors who made it possible. This includes
Integrative Ink, Ingram Press, and Amazon who has it rated a five-star book
with a ranking in the top 20% of all their book sales. It is a bestseller on
Kobo which is an international site for ebooks. Thank you most of all to our
readers and followers who placed it at the top. Without your support, none of
this would be possible!
For the new year, 2019, Anne and I are revising my thirteen
children’s book series, “Dr. Peacock and Friends.” New story lines based on
Christian morals and values will be the theme to inspire and entertain kids of
all ages. We expect releasing them at the end of 2019 along with backpacks,
coloring books, cups, and other items.
Yes, this has been a fantastic year for danabicksauthor.com. We sincerely hope you will continue to follow us and share God’s messages with everyone. Stay tuned for our changes coming soon and feel free to send your thoughts!
Happy New Year and may God bless your many days ahead!
The year of the Lord 2019,
May it be a blessed year!
I pray for you, loving friend;
That you may be blessed
Throughout the year, 2019! This prayer for you I pray,
For your special gift;
That 2019 may give you.
May your dreams this 2019
All be sweet dreams!
May your love tank be full
To the brim
May you be a source of joy
To all around you!
May you be an inspiration to all
Who meet you!
May your light shine
And radiate far and near
May all evil plans against you
Be shattered now and for ever,
No matter where
They are coming from!
May 2019 be the year of peace,
So that everybody
May be a generator of peace,
And in turn enjoy peace.
May no one live in fear;
Go hungry, suffer from malnutrition,
Lack a roof over their head,
Or be unable to afford medical care
May greed, and self-centeredness,
Find no resting place this 2019,
While generosity, and selflessness
May the spirit of sharing
Lead us throughout 2019.
May this 2019 see an end
To all suffering,
And all the wars wiping out
The human race.
May it be a break through year for many people
Who are having hard times now;
May the long awaited success
Comes this 2019.
I posted my prayer for these special blessings to you this morning:
May January give you the gift of JUSTICE.
May you be treated justly wherever you go.
May February give you the gift of friends! That you may enjoy your friends and let your friends enjoy you.
May God in his mercy grant you mercy! When you have gone wrong may mercy be shown to you!
Ability. May you have the ability you need to make your dreams come true!
Mastery: May you have a Mastery of your subject matter this 2019!
Joy. May 2019 be a year of joy for you!
May you jubilate often in 2019!
Admire. May you be admired by all who meet your or hear about you in 2019!
May you be selfless in 2019 and reap the fruits of selflessness!
Organised! May you be well organized in 2019.
May you display a noble character in 2019!
May you be disciplined in 2019!
After I dropped the mail at the post office, I returned home to find this message waiting for me:
President Trump welcomes back 3 free prisoners from North Korea. The President is saying this is a good gesture prior to his meeting with Kim Jong Un. He applauds his own diplomacy for achieving this feat. The free men; a Christian missionary, a Pastor and a University Lecturer.
Later on in the day Mr Trump tweeted his meeting with Kim Jong Un would take place on 12 June 2018 in Singapore.
The Royal Bank Scotland, was fined in the US for its role in selling mortgages and leading to the financial crisis. The agreed to pay £3.6BN. The UK government may decide to privatise the company it baled out of financial problems.
De-escalation of tensions
Israel and Iran are exchanging rockets and air missiles. Israel is sensitive about Iran being in Syria and positioning itself close to the Israelian border. World leaders are sending messages for them to de-escalate the situation and prevent a full-scale war.
UK Interest Rate Decision
The Bank of England has announced the Interest Rate will stay at 0.5% until later in the year.
In Scotland, a school has introduced ‘The Daily Mile’ whereby the school children will run a mile every day. Every child in the school is encouraged to take part. Teachers tell the children to change their shoes, no special clothes are needed because everyone runs in their school uniform.
Scientists monitoring this activity are measuring Mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPpa). Results show and it is therefore scientifically proven, the Daily Mile improved fitness and improved body composition and reduces the time the children spend sitting down. The children appeared to enjoy a breath of fresh air and the exercise.
Other schools around England have adopted the Daily Mile. The school head mistress hopes for all schools around the world to introduce this into their curriculum.
Journal—An Ongoing Dialog Between thiaBasilia And Master Yahuwah/Yahushua. …
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 8:30 am.
Inquiring minds? Forever the question, “What came first? The chicken or the egg?” Who cares?
O my Father! I haven’t got the slightest how to get out of this mood that I am in. To realize one’s deficiencies; one’s inabilities? It’s enough for a bad mood!
What’s the most depressing deficiency that troubles me?
That’s just it! I don’t even know what is it that troubles me, my Father? Perhaps the inability to let go of the insidious self-consciousness always lurking around no matter what I say or do!
No matter how certain I am? I can’t rid myself of the after the fact effect. I can’t get rid of that ‘humanly perfect’ concept. I can’t get rid of that insidious fear of repercussion.
Am I alone in this train of thought?
Perhaps that’s the human trend that humans so cleverly hide. Perhaps I’m opening a can of worms. Those hidden worms eating us up unaware.
Perhaps it’s You, my Father, the One opening that can of squirmy varmints eating me up unaware. Hum! Now I’m getting hot in the finding game, am I not, my Father?
O thiaBasilia—O Child Of My Heart? Indeed! I have separated you to cleanse you with the experience of My written words. For what purpose? That you might be set-apart and faultless. That you might be in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such things at My return.
Father? The Organized Church troubles me.
O my Beloved Father, You compel me to look around all the evil going on. I look around. I see the Organized Church as the greatest stumbling block for a closer relationship with You.
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 5:28 am.
What now, O my Father? Your plan of restoration consumes my being.
Your Presence within my being compels me in the Oneness with Your Being. Sunning myself on the roof I see luscious gardens. I see happy faces taking care of those garden. I hear sweet loving songs.
The disgusting clutter in the present roofs? The screeching noise that goes by the name of music now? The crying babies. The disturbing angry voices? All gone!
Even now while we are still breathing the polluted air on these earthly grounds?
Even now Your plan of restoration is in effect. You have dried my tears away. You have restored me. In Your Presence You keep me aloof from all evil no matter any and all circumstances of glee or gloom.
Yes, You compel me to look around and be astonished at what goes on in this insanity ridden world.
I look around. I am astonished. Multitude of young people obsessed with the knowledge from the Tree of Good and Evil, but! Not a clue of what they do.
Multitude of parents obsessed with the raising of super knowledgeable children to rule the future in this world.
Behold the Great Fallen Away!
Right now as I look around all that goes on with young and old? I am astonished! The written words are coming to pass exactly as those are written, but!
What is it that troubles me with what I see? All this NOT so new thing with positive thinking and success, success, success.
Goodness sake! I am a member of Success Inspirers World Organization, and? Am I against SUCCESS? How that figures, O my Father? How that figures?
It figures in My written words, My child. I have planted you in this organization of My most selected children for you to herald those written words to them, why?
To prevent My most elected children from the great fallen away. You see, My child, your enemy is as shrew beyond your wildest imagination.
The enemy is no longer working on injecting doubt into your heart as to My intentions to forbid you to eat from that tree. No. That has already taken place.
So what is the enemy’s agenda now? To make of you a super human—full to the brim with the knowledge of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ quite capable to be your own ‘god’.
What for is there a need to depend on Me if you can depend on your own self, but! That is something not quite visible because of the camouflage of good and beautiful.
The New Age movement of positive thinking with all its branches? Is nothing else but tinsels instead of gold.
Even so, the GOLD of My Presence is now shinning forth from the heart of My selected witnesses. The experience of My written words?
That’s My work in the heart of My witnesses. That’s what makes My Presence shine forth as pure GOLD from the hearts of my selected vessels.
Furthermore? My selected vessels are not called to ‘teach’ or to ‘minister’ or to ‘police’ and apply those words as they see fit to do so. NAY!
My selected vessels only task is to refrain from doing any of that by the power of their mind. The written words CANNOT be taught by the power of the human mind.
It’s My Spirit Who gives LIFE to those words, but! The human mind is set to interpret and misconstrue My written words.
Therefore? My reason to empower you to give up the dependence in the human mind and heart both yours as well as any other human’s mind and heart.
My reason for planting you in the midst of My children in this institution? You are to share the experience of the words I have made alive in your heart.
Yahushua, Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith
THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Yahushua, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of the Almighty.
What is the sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us? The sin of unbelief. We all brag about our beliefs, about our faith, but!
In real life? The Universities. The Doctors. The ‘Holy Ones’. The Worldly Famous. The Work of our hands? That’s the gist of our beliefs. That’s what we live by. That’s what is preached!
No kidding. I know the drill only too well, but! The power and wisdom from our Loving Father/Creator. He sent me a WITNESS. He turned me around, and? I saw!
What did I see?
The same thing the Father/Creator is now showing to all who has ears to hear and eyes to see. He showed me the utter arrogance of MY KNOWLEDGE!
I thought I knew Him when? I knew nothing period. Nothing about Him at all. Nothing about life. I was an educated fool!
O well? That’s my two cents to make the point of this writing. What am I to do right now?
Whether is liked or not? I am to proclaim to SIWO and the whole world, the TRUTH of the evil of what the world has programmed us to do on this SUCCESS thing. It’s written,
I CHARGE [you] in the presence of the Almighty and of Messiah Yahushua, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:
Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.
For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,
And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.
Dear Reader, none of us wish to hear such strong words. We are at the point that we only want to hear compliments and words of encouragement, but!
It’s imperative that we take these words, bitter as they are, in the same way we would take the most distasteful medication to heal our bodies.
NO! I am not against SUCCESS. I am for SUCCESS in hearing and understanding the intent of our Creator for creating us. He created us for 3 reasons:
To love Him.
To be loved by Him.
Your Cherish Family O Mighty One? Forever To be!
Heavenly ointment to heal our wounded souls
To that end? We work day and night to accomplish His plan of restoration to the original intent for our creation.
Those words are the heavenly ointment to heal our wounded souls. Wounded by the lack of Knowledge of His loving ways.
Meantime and until the next post? His love in my heart for you and for all stays there to stay for eternity, thiaBasilia. 🙂
Where Did It All Began? In “Vega Grande.” Don Miguel’s Domain and Terrain….
It began in a beautiful hole in the back of beyond Guatemala, called “Vega Grande.” Don Miguel’s domain….
Journal—An Ongoing Dialog Between thiaBasilia And Master Yahuwah/Yahushua. …
It’s Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:53 am. Finish posting. Going to sleep now.
Wake up at 3:31 am.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:25 am.
Father? You know what’s going on in the search to optimize The Family—A True Story. I will turn off the computer. Unplug it. Go to bed, and? Hope You give Your beloved sleep.
It’s 4:31 am. Thanks my Father for the much needed sleep. Today it’s supposed to rain, but! The rain has not started yet. I woke up with one thought in mind. Oh?
One thought, Where Did It All Began? Chapter 1 To Continue The Grand Saga Of The Mother In The Family—A True Story.
From The Original Autobiography ….
I was born in a beautiful hole in the back of beyond Guatemala, called “Vega Grande.” My birth was recorded in Spanish by hand in the books of The Registrar,
“Nombre Basilia Licona nacida en Los Amates, Departamento de Izabal, el 14 de Junio de 1939 a las 3 de la manana. Nombre del padre Miguel J. Licona. Nombre de la madre, M. Teresa Zarceno. Registrada en el libro 28, folio 275.”
In that beautiful hole where I was born, I remember how my father would import a “maestra” (teacher) from the city to come and teach everybody, grown-ups and children as well, how to read, write and arithmetic.
It was like having an in-house teacher because of the seclusion of the land no worker could commute on daily basis, so she had to live with us.
Everybody lived in the land, family and relatives as well as field workers, servants and their families and the “Maestra” (Teacher). Her name? Dona Julia.
Awful, grotesque memories about play time to haunt me for many, many years.
School time at that time must not have been bad, because I don’t recollect any bad memories about it.
But there were awful memories about play time. Those grotesque memories were the first of many other painful memories that were to haunt me for many, many years.
Those were the memories that bound me in the chains of rejection and fear from which no psychiatrist in 20 years could set me free.
Those memories, as I recollect, were the severe beatings and shamming that I suffered because of sexual promiscuity among the group of children that were the nucleus in the environment of my early childhood.
We were a group of children, ranging in ages from babies to 13 years, both girls and boys.
It was not that we were so terrible wicked, as it was…?
It was not that we were so terrible wicked, as it was that we did not have adequate supervision.
We were allowed to run like wild goats just to get us out of the grown-ups way, for all grown-ups had lots of work so there was nobody to watch us when we were out of school at play time; yet, when we were caught in any misdemeanor?
We were whipped and shamed. We were whipped and shamed, and we were left there like wicked, hopeless criminals.
Nobody seemed to know that there was such thing as the loving discipline which God approves or God’s forgiveness, for nobody seemed to know too much about the Word of God.
I became the escape goat among the whole group, why?
We were not brought up in God’s way and I, it seems to me as I recollect the grotesque mess, was the one that became the escape goat among the whole group, why?
Because, I had, from an early age, an impulsive nature, a good imagination and a bright mind, but! I lacked common sense.
I was gullible from early childhood. I could figure out more than one way to get myself into trouble but not any way out of trouble.
So, I was the one who always got caught to suffer severe punishment. Punishment that caused me not just the mere suffering of physical pain, but!
Something even more painful and tragic yet, the suffering of deep emotional wounds that would remain bleeding for many, many years to come.
My parents were moral and religious people, with good intentions, and high moral standards.
But above all, and despite the wounds that I suffered because of the treatment that I received from my parents?
That treatment was not imposed upon me in hate, for my parents were not hateful, nor wicked irresponsible beings.
My parents were moral and religious people, with good intentions, and high moral standards. And they did love us. Nevertheless? The saga shall continue in the next chapter.
Waiting For Good Results? Waiting For Promises To Materialize? No Need! ….
Dear Reader, something good is already happening. I mean something really, really good is already happening within my being. It’s happening in my surroundings. Oh?
Perhaps, the main thing happening? The Spirit within my being has moved me to express myself to my Father with genuine humility. What do I mean?
I mean I no longer ask for any material thing. I simply confess my distress and frustrations adding to my confession:
“I do not know what to ask or how to ask. I do not know what is it that I need, but! You do my Father. Show me what to do. Give me the power to do whatever You want me to do. I do not want to live by my willful ways. I deny myself. I wait on You.”
It’s uncanny how the Father/Creator responds to His Spirit within my being. Immediately! All my distress and frustrations halt, like magic!
Power. Wisdom. Discernment. Peace. Certainty. Joy inexplicable. Intense genuine love from above? It all, sustain—suspend me above this insanity ridden world that we inhabit.
On that note? I close this first chapter of my life’s saga. Meantime and until the next post? His love in my heart for you and for all stays there to stay for eternity, thiaBasilia. 🙂