We all start our day with one morning ritual or another. Whether you take a shower before work, or start the day with a jog around the block, you probably have your own routine down pat. We all have our own routines to jumpstart the morning and the rest of our day; but for some of us, these routines don’t provide an energy boost and instead seem to put us in a mindless autopilot mode in the morning.
For those of us stuck in the daily grind, have your mornings become a tired routine of repeatedly hitting the snooze button on the alarm, then dragging your bleary eyed self out of bed, before going through the motions to start your day? If your mornings start negatively, the rest of your day may not play out the way you want it to.
So here are some ways to start your morning with positivity and make the best of your day!
Set an Alarm Tone that Makes You Happy
Are you the type who uses the generic monotonous ringtones pre-installed in your phone as your alarm tone in the morning? If your alarm constantly buzzes angrily at you in the morning, it’s not really the best thing to wake up to daily. Try changing your alarm tone to something melodic and soothing, and set the alarm to start off softly before gradually increasing in volume. Instead of having a sudden loud blaring sound in your ear first thing in the morning, you’ll be greeted by a tune that puts you in a cheerful mood in the morning.
Instead of setting multiple alarms an hour ahead of the time you need to be awake, and snoozing through them all, set just one alarm for the time you are meant to wake up at and get up once it rings. Snoozing your multiple alarms only gives you interrupted sleep, which is not restful, and could make you more tired instead. Waking up right when your alarm rings is a good habit, so try setting your alarms to the right timing tonight, you’ll wake up feeling much fresher in the morning rather than tired and annoyed at your alarm.
Start the Morning with a Smile
It may seem strange to you at first, but when you wake up in the morning, smile to yourself. Do it before you open your eyes, do it when you look at yourself in the bathroom mirror, do it during your entire morning routine, just smile. Scientists have found that smiling actually triggers brain activity to lift your spirits and put you in a good mood. If you start the day with a smile, you’re sure to feel more joyful throughout.
Don’t Look at Your Phone Straight Away
Just like your phone shouldn’t be the last thing you look at before you go to bed, you shouldn’t jump straight into social media the moment you wake up either. You might think that looking at your phone would be a good stimulus for getting your brain awake in the morning, but what you’re doing is actually giving yourself an information overload first thing in the morning. Instead of keeping tabs on everyone else’s mornings, focus on your own morning and take a few minutes to bask in the peace of those early hours before your day starts.
Take Time for Gratitude and Positive Thoughts
In those moments when your room is still dark and you’ve just woken up, don’t jump up and start the day immediately. Instead, just lay still and take the time to think positive thoughts. Start by asking yourself how you can make today a good day. Just knowing that you are in control of how your day goes can start your day on a positive note. It’s also good to take the time to appreciate all the positive things in your life, and reflect on the day before with gratitude. These positive thoughts in the morning can have an uplifting effect on your mood and make your day brighter.
Start Your Day with Self-care
Apart from all the above steps, you should also start your day by doing something good for yourself. Before you begin your day at work or school, set some time aside for an activity that you like, it could be yoga, jogging, reading, or meditation – anything that makes you happy. Although you may have to wake up slightly earlier for some self-care, it will be worth your time as you start your day positively with a healthy body and mind, doing something that you enjoy. If you start to get bored of the routine, you can also change your daily morning activity so that your mornings don’t go back to a monotonous routine.
No matter how you choose to start your mornings, always remember that you should not allow your morning routine to become a drag. If you start your mornings positively, you will eventually start to look forward to the sunrise and waking up each morning to a brand new refreshing day. So think positive, do positive, and keep smiling!