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Did you jump out of bed this morning, shouting “Seize the Day!” and leap into action immediately? Or are you like most of us, limping and grunting as the alarm goes off (if you don’t hit snooze a couple of times first – pleeease just let me have 9 more minutes)!? Well I have vowed that I am going to be one of the former this week. So here are 9 positive ways to start your day.
Positive Ways To Start Your Day.
How you start your day can often affect how your day progresses. How often have you pressed snooze, slept in and missed breakfast in the rush to get to work? But then hit traffic and been late, thus setting you off on the wrong foot all day. Maybe it is time to turn over a new leaf.
1. Get out of bed as quickly as possible after waking
Firstly, don’t press that snooze button, it really won’t benefit you and will probably make you rush your morning tasks. Instead, why not set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier, and be a bit more mindful when doing your tasks? Rather than multitasking as soon as you start your day.
2. Start the day with grateful thoughts
If you’ve seen my post on my ‘happy list’ you will remember that gratitude is a very powerful emotion. Certainly listing what we are grateful for can dramatically change our mindset to a positive one. So as you get up, think of a couple of things that you are grateful for, or that make you smile. Actually smile when you think about them, as this releases the happy hormones serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Write them down or say them out loud. And then bask in that warm glow as you start to get ready.
Now, getting out of bed 10 minutes earlier than normal will also mean that you can put in a little bit of time to exercise than you didn’t have before. If you can bear it, go for a quick walk or run around the block. But even just stretching is really good, and will make you feel better. I like to do my back exercises. Again this releases those happy hormones and is bound to give you a boost.
4. Make your bed
As soon as you are out of it, make your bed as the first task of the day. Maybe it is headology, but by doing just this simple task it does make you feel as though you are already on top of your list of things to do today.
5. Wear feel good things
Get ready and wear scents and clothes that lift your mood. I love a citrus scent and it always makes me happy. And don’t wear the same old clothes. Have a great outfit that always makes you feel great? Why not wear it more often rather than keeping it for best!
6. Eat a healthy breakfast
Do take the time to get a balanced breakfast, with lean protein, good carbs healthy fats. And remember to hydrate. A healthy breakfast will keep you more satisfied and set you up for a productive morning.
7. Develop your own feel good morning ritual
Try and get 5 minutes to just develop your own morning ritual that makes you feel good. It could be that you sit quietly with your eyes shut and meditate. Or that you sit with a cup of coffee in your favourite chair. Even taking 5 minutes to watch the sun rise on your garden whilst you watch the birds. As a result of your ritual, you are ready for a positive day ahead.
8. Write a quick to-do list
You know that massive list of tasks that we all have? Well, take 3-5 of them, prioritise what needs doing over what can wait, and write a list of 3-5. Pick one big thing and 2-3 smaller tasks. This will break down your massive list, and stop you feeling overwhelmed. Therefore you’ll already be more positive about getting these things done.
9. Go to bed earlier the night before.
“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”
This is certainly true. We cannot burn the candle at both ends indefinitely. So if you are getting up at 6.30am, do get to sleep at 10.30pm the night before to get your full 8 hours. Which may mean starting your bedtime routine at least an hour before that if you are anything like me!
So I hope that these 9 positive ways to start your day help you get up with happiness and gratitude rather than doom and gloom. How would you rather start your day?
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