When we wake up in the morning what happens in those first few hours can have a big effect on how the rest of the day will go. A bad morning full of stress and problems can have a knock-on effect in terms of your mood and potentially the smooth flow of the day’s plans. When things go wrong, they can cause delays in your day meaning you have a feeling of constantly having to catch up.
We need to take control of our mornings to allow us to develop a positive outlook and be better prepared for the challenges of the day. There are many things we can do to start our day off in a more positive manner helping us have a better day in general.
- Wake Up Early
Does this morning routine sound familiar – wake up, shower, eat breakfast, leave for work? If your day starts out like this with no time between these activities you are not starting your day right. A very simple way to create a more positive foundation for your day is to get up earlier, plan to give yourself 1-2 hours of time to spare in your morning routine.
When we allow ourselves more time in the morning we avoid being rushed and stressed from the very start of the day. Getting up a little earlier gives us a chance to deal with problems that may arise such as a car breakdown, problems with the kids or any other emergency that may pop up.
- Morning Meditation
The Exploration of Consciousness Research Institute (EOC) suggests that meditation, which includes the recitation of positive mantras, can help your physical, mental, and spiritual health. Carve out some time each morning for some quiet meditation. Establish some positive mantras that will help you focus on having a positive day. (https://eocinstitute.org/meditation/mantra-meditation).
Some morning meditation will help you find calm and prepare yourself mentally for the challenges of the day. If you can begin a day with positivity you will find it easier to face challenges as the day progresses and you may find with positivity you can have greater success.
- Eat a Good Breakfast
According to WebMD it is very important to eat a healthy breakfast daily. This is because it helps prepare our bodies for the day ahead, helping us perform better and generally feel better.
After having fasted for so many hours our body is starved of fuel by the morning so one of our first missions is to eat. With the extra time we have given ourselves by waking early we can take our time and choose a healthy way to start the day. (https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/many-benefits-breakfast#1).
It is important to opt for a healthy breakfast because we want to have the best nutrition and fuel to get us through the day.
- Whole grains from cereal or bread
- Low-fat dairy for protein
- Fresh Fruits
- Nuts or legumes for protein
- Read Something Inspiring
Use some of your time in the morning to read something inspirational. It may just be positive inspiring quotes or it could be from a book by someone you respect. If you are trying to get ahead in your profession read something pertinent to your career advancement.
- Plan to Do Something Positive
Give yourself a goal for the day, something positive that you feel will make an impact. This may be performing above expectations at work or trying to help a friend. Just choose something that you feel can be achieved. If it can make someone else’s day better as well as giving you a feeling of positivity then it is all the better.