1. Rise Early
As a serial alarm-snoozer, I am well aware that those few extra minutes in bed seem like a great idea at the time. That is, until you leave yourself with 10 minutes to get ready. Now you have to scramble around the house to get ready for your day. By the time you finally make it out the door, you’re stressed, disheveled, and disorganized. By going to bed earlier, and waking up early (or at least on time), you will set yourself up for a more positive and stress-free day.
I use this Sunlight Alarm Clock to help wake up gradually, without the shocking sound of an alarm.
2. Count Your Blessings
Quite often we focus on the pain points/problems in our lives. We have a propensity to dwell on whatever is causing friction and unhappiness. The power of gratitude is that it forces you to be selectively positive by being thankful for the things that happened throughout the week.
I use the Five Minute Journal – it is small and simple and really forces me to choose my words carefully as there isn’t a lot of space to write. You will establish a positive pattern of thinking all in five minutes per day.
3. Stretch it Out
Stretching is a great way to energize yourself in the morning and ease away any tension from the previous day. You don’t have to do anything complex. Just simply reach your arms up as high as you can, rotate your neck from side to side (be gentle!), and bend at your waist and touch your toes. You can also YouTube a short yoga sequence if you need more structure and guidance.
4. Plan Your Day
Start your day by identifying three of the most important tasks you need to accomplish during that day. These tasks should be aligned with your long-term goals or direction in life. For example, if growing your blog is a long-term goal, an important task might be to write, edit, or publish a new blog post.
Writing down your most important tasks will help you to prioritize and manage your time better and ultimately build your confidence for bigger and better things.
Limit yourself to three tasks. Most of the time, you won’t be able to get to the fourth and fifth task and get discouraged.
5. Drink Warm Lemon Water
Our tissues are dehydrated and need fluid to push out toxins first thing in the morning. Lemon water is a great energy booster and also provides our bodies with vitamins, minerals, and trace elements.
The first thing your body consumes sets your mood for the entire day. Water stimulates the gastrointestinal track and keeps things flowing. Lemon becomes a high alkalizing substance high in minerals and vitamins to combat toxins and loosen waste build-up in your digestive system.
6. Read Something that Inspires You
Instead of turning on the TV and watching the news, try reading something inspiring to set the tone for a positive day.
I like to hop on to dailygood.org and read 1-2 inspiring stories before I prepare my breakfast.
7. Connect With Your Partner
There is a natural trend in relationships for communication, affection, and romance to decline over time. Take the time to be an intentional couple and nurture your relationship.
Spend 2 minutes over breakfast to go over your goals for the day and get excited about coming home from work and reuniting. This not only gives you something to look forward to but it also helps you to maintain the appreciation you have for each other.