Whether it’s because you’re running late, didn’t sleep enough, or just didn’t feel like getting out of bed; getting off on the wrong foot in the morning can put you in a negative mood throughout the day. Even if you are not a morning person, a routine of positive tasks in the morning will make you feel productive and ensure that you are ready to take on the day.
Wake up early
Give yourself an early start so you don’t feel rushed. Feeling rushed can automatically make you frazzled and put you in a bad mood. It’s best to be able to do things in the morning at a your own pace so you feel like you’re in control.
Give yourself something to look forward to
Do things that will excite you and make you want to get out of bed in the morning, without overdoing it. You will automatically be in a better mood if getting out of bed isn’t a dreadful task.
Prayer and meditation
This is the time to reflect on the positive aspects of your life and give gratitude to the things you are thankful for. Mediation or prayer is a good time to take a moment and set the tone for your day. Focusing on positive energy in the morning can prepare you for any challenges that may come your way.
Listen to/read uplifting content
Whether it be new inspiring material, or the same old song or book you love; read or listen to something that’s going to put you in a good mood and get you in a positive mindset for the day.
Sometimes going to the gym or for a jog at 6am is too much. Doing something as simple as stretching your neck, arms and legs can wake up your body, increase circulation, and get it ready to take on the rest of the day. Studies have shown that simple stretching in the morning can reduce stress throughout the day.
Drink a lot of water
It is important to stay hydrated in the morning since your body is dehydrated when you wake up. According to Rania Batayneh, MPH, drinking water in the morning is associated with balancing our moods because water supports both body regulation and brain function. This is why you should never let coffee, tea, or any kind of juice be the first thing you drink in the morning.
Don’t skip breakfast
Breakfast is an important meal because it is meant to replenish your body after the hours you’ve spent sleeping. Not eating in the morning will lower your energy level and increase stress throughout the day, according to a study from the University of Texas.
Appreciate the space in between tasks
Don’t make yourself too busy, take time in between tasks to relax and reflect. Appreciate the down time and make sure to breathe.
Lastly, ask yourself, “What can I do to make today AMAZING?”
Give yourself realistic goals or a loose plan to follow. It’s important to do things you will enjoy, so that your tasks throughout the day will feel like they are worth your while. How your day goes is completely in your hands.