Mornings are always refreshing, especially if you’ve had a good night’s rest. But if you’re one of the millions who wish nights could last longer, starting your day can be hard. For those mornings that getting out of bed requires extra effort, here are ten tips on how to start your day with a bang.
The quality of sleep you get at night sets the tone for the entire day. If you are a night owl, there is a tendency to feel drained early in the morning. It is therefore advisable to sleep early to set your day on a positive path. If you can’t have 8 hours of sleep, then try 7. Interestingly, insufficient sleep doesn’t only affect your health. It also affects the economy. According to the National Library of Medicine, the United States loses over $411B each year to insufficient sleep.
Have A Reason
The easiest way to achieve your goals is to wake up every morning with a purpose. Why do you want to carry out the tasks on your to-do list? What is your end game? It becomes easier to understand the reason behind your daily goals once you know your why.
For instance, let us assume you are supposed to send 20 emails before the close of work. Although it’s a goal for the day, you might not be feeling motivated enough to see it through. However, if you reinforce the goal with why you need to fulfill it, you will feel motivated.
Meditation is more effective in the early hours of the morning. Set your alarm to go off 20 minutes earlier than usual to give you ample time to meditate. During meditation, mentally itemize your daily plans. Map out a strategy that will help you achieve them easily. If you still have time, you can try reading a chapter of an inspiring book to set the right mental atmosphere for your day.
Exercise is as important as eating healthy meals. If you can’t jog or run a few miles in the mornings, you can take a 30-minute walk. Exercise loosens the tensions in your muscles and clears your mind.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
If you hope to start your day with a bang, skipping breakfast is not the way to go. Unfortunately, most people cite diet and lack of time are two key reasons for doing so.
Your breakfast should be a healthy mix of protein, fiber, carbs, antioxidants, water, and vitamins. It seems hard to get so many nutrients in a meal, but a glass of smoothie has it all. You can purchase a personal blender to help you prepare homemade smoothies for a healthy breakfast.
Make a To-Do List
Having a to-do list helps you achieve the activities you have lined up for the day. Such a list makes it easier to focus on a particular task until it is complete.
List the Things You Accomplished the Previous Day
Having a list of the previous day’s achievements will motivate you to accomplish more today. Highlight tasks that gave you a hard time to finish and the ones that made you feel more impressed with yourself. You will feel energized when you look at the paper knowing that you did it all by yourself.
We often underestimate the influence a morning shower has in waking us up. Showers are therapeutic, and they keep our body and mind fresh for the day’s work.
Words of Affirmation
Just like setting goals, repeating words of affirmation to yourself are a great way to start your day. Write down words of affirmation and stick them on surfaces where you can see them. Your affirmative words could be, “I trust the process of life to bring me my highest good.”
Irrespective of the words used, ensure it’s something that forces you to focus on the positive. Repeating positive words help us recondition our mind, especially when we have built up a huge ball of negative beliefs over the years.
Sometimes we get so hard on ourselves that we fail to appreciate our efforts in our activities. You can avoid this by having a small journal to write the things you are grateful for.
Don’t think too hard when doing so, and don’t focus on big achievements only. You can be grateful for sleeping on a comfortable bed, having something to eat for breakfast, or other little things we casually overlook.
These ten tips will help you start your day with a bang and keep it that way. The primary aim is to build a positive daily routine that puts you in the right frame of mind. The strategies outlined on this page will cost you little or nothing to get started. It’s time to kickstart your day with the right vibe.