Rest easy and wake up happy with these tips for starting each day with a positive mindset.
How to Wake Up to a Positive Mindset Each Morning
Do you often find yourself burrowing yourself deeper under your blankets to avoid facing the day? Do you hit the snooze button over and over, hoping that one of these days it’ll stay off and never beep again? Does the thought of becoming a functioning adult feel so overwhelming that you would rather call in sick and hide under your pillow for the rest of the day?
Don’t let your morning get you down. There are simple techniques you can start doing immediately to encourage a positive mindset from the moment you open your eyes. Here are five simple ways to start your morning strong and help you feel more positive throughout the rest of your day.
Stay off Your Phone
With cell phone addiction on the rise, it’s no surprise that over 70% of people sleep with their phones nearby. While it may be oh-so-tempting to check social media for any updates you missed while sleeping, you must resist the urge. Social media can suck you in and before you know it you will have wasted an hour checking in on other people’s lives. Why live vicariously through others when you can better spend that time on yourself?
Instead of reaching for your phone, reach for a book. If you really find it tempting to check social media, make sure you grab a real paper-and-ink book instead of your tablet. Make reading a ritual, complete with hot coffee or tea and a healthy breakfast set in your own personal reading nook.
About one in five women and one in ten men will experience depression in their lifetime. If you fall into this category, t’s quite possible your first waking moments are extremely stressful. While breathing exercises are not a cure, they can help put your mind and body more at ease and help you face the day.
Take five to ten minutes to breathe deeply, inhaling for four seconds and then exhaling for four. Keep a steady rhythm as you visualize your breath filling your entire body and focusing on relaxing each muscle from head to toe. If you find your patience to continue this exercise is waning, consider following along with an audio recording that leads you through the exercise to completion.
Keep a Dream Journal
Your dreams — however crazy or irrational they may seem — are your brain’s way of processing the events of your waking life. Each night, you dream on average four to six times during REM cycles, though often the last dream before waking is the one you’re likely to remember. But even those dreams are fleeting and often times are forgotten in moments.
Keeping a dream journal not only helps you to remember your dreams, but also provides deeper understanding about what you’ve been feeling lately. You may find answers to any fear or anxiety you’ve been feeling have been in your dreams all along, and those answers will definitely make you feel like you’re starting your day on the right foot.
Set a Musical Alarm
Nothing is more grating to the sleeping brain than a shrill alarm clock. Panicking your way into the waking world is not at all conducive to a positive morning mindset, and can actually lead to high blood pressure. Instead of relying on loud sounds to motivate you to get out of bed, try setting your stereo to play your favorite song. You can also set your alarm to a self-help tape, therefore doubling your morning’s positivity boost!
Don’t just reach for the Pop-Tarts for your morning meal. While a quick, sugary fix may feel like a great way to jolt your body into action, they’re not sustainable. If you take time in the morning to treat yourself to something more nourishing then you’ll find that you’re less likely to snack during the day, which will make you feel better about your waistline. This is because the protein found in foods like bacon and eggs take longer to process than those sugary cereals. If you’re looking for more friendly breakfast options then recipes that include items such as yogurt, peanut butter or chia seeds can definitely give you the boost your body needs.
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As soon as you arrive at work, your co-workers will notice your positive energy and wonder how you can keep going strong throughout the day. Make sure you share with them all the positive changes you’ve made to your morning. Your happiness can be infectious, and others will want to start improving their mornings through the simple techniques that you’ve proven work!