Getting a good start to your morning is one of the most important things you can do to have a good day. Start it off well, and you set yourself up for one of the best days of your life. Here’s 7 simple habits to start your morning off right.
1. Express Gratitude
I don’t need to tell you life is tough. You already know it. But life is good too, and you have to acknowledge the good parts of it. If you don’t, you’re always going to be miserable. The moment you wake up is the moment you set the course of your day. Set a positive course by reminding yourself of what you’re grateful for. Today I was grateful for all the good things I still had from yesterday. The home that I still woke up to, the loving family that I still have, the items I still own, and another chance to live better and enjoy life.
2. Speak Affirmations
I know what you’re thinking, “Affirmations are a bunch of new age BS.” Believe me, I was one of the biggest skeptics. But once I started speaking them, I noticed I felt better in my day. I was able to be more focused on what I wanted and actually got it. So speaking affirmations isn’t magic. It’s just a tool that helps to make your life become the way you want. And the best part is it only takes a minute. Speak your desires and set a positive tone for your day. For example, say to yourself, “I will be the healthiest I’ve ever been.” “I will have more money.” “I will find the love of my life.” Whatever your desire, speak it daily, visualize it, and watch what happens.
3. Be Mindful
Mindfulness has been a buzzword in the health industry lately. People overstate the benefits at times, but there is something to gain from being mindful. When you focus on the present moment, it helps you to relax more. You’re not caught up in the stress of everything you dwell on in the past, and everything you fret about in the future. You’re telling your mind to take a moment to slow down and chill. Do yourself a favor and focus on your breathing. Feel the weight fall off your shoulders. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better.
4. Eat Breakfast
Food can have the biggest impact on our mood. I know I can get irritable when I haven’t eaten in a while. When we don’t eat we’re not able to think and act our best. I read a study once that said kids in school perform poorly and behave badly when they don’t have a meal to start the day. And it’s not just eating that’s important, it’s eating the right things. Research links foods high in sugar to stress, anxiety, and depression. Alternatively, eating a healthy breakfast that includes fruits or vegetables increased mood. And when your mood is increased, you get more stuff done.
5. Listen to Music
I use everything I can to impact my mood. So music is a must. I’m a relaxed guy, so I turn on relaxing music to start my day. If I need a little motivation, I might also go for some upbeat music. My girlfriend loves to listen to Motown to bring her mood up. Think about what you could listen to to shape your emotions. You might be surprised how much it really gets you feeling great in the morning.
6. Talk to Someone You Love
What better way to get some good vibes to start your day than hearing from someone you love. We barely talk to each other anymore. Why don’t we change that? So if you’re a stay-at-home spouse, wake up and have breakfast with your partner before they go off to work. If you’re single, call up your closest friend or family member and make a daily morning talk a habit. Even better if you decide to meet up instead. A positive interaction with a loved one to start the day can make all the difference.
7. Enjoy Nature
Humans started out living outside, so I think it’s only natural we get our most energy there. I know when I look at the green trees and grass in my yard, it fills me with peace. When I take a moment to hear the sounds of the birds, it’s like their songs take me to a calmer place where nothing bad happens. Just 20 minutes in nature is enough to boost our energy and joy. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a good deal to me.
Get a Task Done
When you get a task done in the morning, it can motivate you to get another task done. And as a result, it slowly builds up to getting a lot of tasks done. If you do a big task first that’s great, but it doesn’t have to be. Because it can be the simplest task of making your bed. You do that and you’ll feel inspired to accomplish more in your day.
Say it three times! Simple habits, simple habits, simple habits. It’s the littlest choices in life that can make the biggest impact in our days. So if you take care of the small stuff, the big stuff will be easier to handle. Get in a pattern of sticking to simple habits and watch the impact it makes in your life. You’ll be glad you did it.
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