The way you start your day can have a massive impact on how the rest of that day goes. Start it feeling negative, and you may not be surprised to learn that you’re likely to feel down in the dumps or ‘off’ for the rest of the day.
If you’d like to change your morning routine and really work on yourself, here are 5 ways you can start your day positively:
1. Morning pages
If you haven’t yet heard about morning pages, you’re missing out. Morning pages are when you take the time to write three pages of your thoughts as soon as you wake up. Wondering how to get started? You don’t need to be getting deep when you first begin- simply start off with naming things you’d like to do, goals, or even some of the different sounds, smells, and colors you can hear around you. Many of the most successful people in the world credit morning pages for some of their success.
Think you don’t need to meditate? You probably do. Meditation is a chance to boost your creativity, get to know yourself, and feel more centered and peaceful. Keep in mind that meditation doesn’t necessarily mean sitting cross-legged and trying to blank out your thoughts. You can use some great apps like Calm and Headspace to start you off and learn how to find a meditation practice that works for you.
3. Be grateful
Gratitude is one of the best ways to start the day- it’s difficult to feel negative when you’re listing all of the amazing things going on with your life. This can be part of your morning pages- take some time to write a gratitude list and see how quickly you can turn your day around.
3. Ignore your phone
Most of us reach for our phones as soon as our alarms go off in the morning. If this sounds like you, now might be a good time to change it up. Instead of immediately jumping on social media to see what you’ve missed, do the rest of your morning routine first. Get up, hit the coffeemaker, drink some water, meditate, write your morning pages, and begin getting ready without instantly connecting with the outside world. You’ll be surprised by how much calmer and more centered you feel.
4. Think about your dreams
Keep a dream journal next to your bed, and try to recall your dreams the moment you wake up. These are a great way to feel more positive and can be both entertaining and fun as you try to make sense of your subconscious.
5. Get active
When you’re active first thing in the morning, you’re setting good intentions for the day, and you’re less likely to end up reaching for fatty or sugary foods later on in the morning. Whether you like to hit the gym, do some yoga, go for a run, or meet a friend for a power walk, getting active can make a huge difference to your positivity.