Do you have a morning routine? Well, let me tell you there are some definite advantages that come with having a morning ritual. Not only can establishing a morning routine make you more productive, it can also help greatly reduce your stress levels. Let’s face it, most of us are not morning people. I have a sister who is that rare breed of person who is ridiculously chipper in the morning. While I love her to death, I have usually just gone to bed by the time she is up and ready to take on the day.
Now, it is not my intention to change who I am at my core (a night owl for life) or have you change who you are. I am writing this article for the soul purpose of providing you with the tools and techniques that will help you make it through even the toughest of mornings to ensure you get the day started off right. Get ready to read some of my morning essentials that help take the long night edge off.
How to Have a Positive Morning
When things aren’t quite going the way that you’d hoped, it can be really difficult to meet the challenges of your day with a calm smile. For some this can be even more difficult if they were raised in a household where there was a lot of focus on negative talk, attitudes and ideas. If you’re looking to make a change to your mindset, then you’ll probably be excited to read the following article on how to have a positive morning.
Shift Your Mindset
When you first open your eyes, it can be tough to get out of bed to go to a place that you’re not the biggest fan of, but a lot of that can be changed by adjusting the things that you’re focusing on. By making a shift in your mindset, you job can become a means of providing for your life and family instead of an oppressive force. Take the time to look at what you’re creating or sustaining by getting up, and it’ll get easier with practice.
Be happy to be awake, happy to be alive. Shift your mindset to being positive about the morning and the day ahead.
Express Gratitude Whenever You Can
Another thing that can help push the shift in mindset further is the habit of expressing gratitude. Giving thanks, and really focusing on how grateful you are to be in a place when you are physically able to go to work can help you to keep things in perspective. Even just the simple act of being thankful can give you a more positive feeling during the times you’re thinking about them.
Set Your Intentions
Have you noticed that when you don’t have a focused plan it can be really hard to get things organized? Taking the time to set your intentions helps you to give a priority and order to the things that you have to consider for the day. Instead of completely random selections, you can make an organized, cohesive plan that will put you on the right path and keep you there.
Nourish Your Body
Without the proper nutrition, there can be no healthy mind. It’s very important that you always make sure that you have enough time to get some kind of nourishment before you begin your day. That will help you to keep your focus and stay at an efficient energy level. When people get tired, they often turn to artificially enhanced drinks that aren’t very good for your health and heart. At the very least, you can be sure to get u early enough to blend some frozen fruit so you can simply drink your breakfast on the way to work.
Put the Plan in Action
Alright, now that you have read up on how to get your mornings off on the right foot why not start putting together a morning routine of your own? I find that for me a little night-time prep really helps me to hit the ground running. I like to workout in the mornings, so I make sure to either sleep in my workout clothes (for those tough days) or set them out before bed. I am also in love with meditation and reading in the morning. With that in mind I usually start my mornings by a morning stretch, meditation, a bit of light reading and a glass of warm water with lemon (don’t judge me it’s great for your health). At this point it is time for my morning walk after which I have breakfast and take on my day.
What does your morning routine look like? I have been thinking of adding an additional morning gratitude ritual (like the one I do at night). If you have a morning routine I would love to hear what it is. Be sure to post in the comment section below. If you are looking to get your unruly mornings under control and would like a little help let me know by commenting or contact me directly at [email protected].