Before I begin, let’s get something straight. I am not a morning person.
Like that joke, “I could be a morning person…if morning started at noon.” Okay, maybe I’m not quite that bad. Let’s just say I’m not one of those people you see out jogging at 5 a.m. And I prefer if no one talks to me until I’ve had my first cup of coffee.
That being said, I realize the importance of beginning my day happy and relaxed.
Those first few hours can set the tone for the rest of the day.
You can start the day stressing out while you’re making a frantic to-do list in your head or frustrated because you can’t find your keys. Or you can create joyful habits that start your morning off right and increase your chances of having a productive and happy day.
To help you start your day on a positive note, I’ve listed 10 keys to a great morning:
The night before take just a few moments to plan your wardrobe, make your lunch, set out your keys, and organize your to-do-list. Get to bed at a reasonable time so you avoid waking up late and rushing through a hectic morning. This is the ticket to waking up feeling in control and less stressed.
When you first wake up, ease away stress and tension from the previous day with a few stretches. This way you can start your day in a relaxed and soothing manner before you even get out of bed. I’m not talking about breaking a sweat before breakfast. Just some quick and simple stretches. Begin by greeting the morning by raising your arms toward the sky and then above your head. Stretch your legs all the way to your toes and elongate your spine, stretching your back and ribcage. Sit up and stretch your neck and shoulders and incorporate a sitting side stretch to target your torso. With those simple steps, you get the blood flowing, provide extra oxygen to your tissues, and are limbered up and primed for the day.
Start Your Day Joyfully
Begin your day by doing something that makes you happy. I must confess, for me that means some quiet time savoring my first cup of coffee. Everyone is different. Maybe that means taking a long, hot shower, going for a jog, cuddling your spouse, listening to music, sitting on the porch, or some snuggle time with your kids or grandkids.
Have a Relaxing Breakfast
Don’t skip this important part of the morning that provides energy and nutrition. Forget driving through McDonalds and eating at your desk. Make your favorite breakfast and eat it outside on the patio. Or listen to soothing music as you slowly enjoy the first meal of the day.
Pray, Meditate, and Breath
Purge yourself of negative energy by making time to pray, meditate on spiritual matters, or for some thoughtful introspection. Even if you are rushed, spare a minute to take several slow, deep breaths to stay in the present moment and begin your day with calmness.
Consider at least one thing for which you are thankful. That item might include life itself, good health, your family, a beloved pet, your job, or just a simple pleasure. Jot it down or snap a picture on your phone to refer to later in the day when you feel stressed. See my blog, Start Each Day with a Grateful Heart, for more ideas.
Take in Nature
Take a moment to pause and marvel at the miracle of your surroundings. Step outside on your patio and enjoy the warm sunshine, listen to the rustle of the wind through the trees, watch birds frolic in your fountain. At the very least, bring fresh flowers indoors and allow the bright colors to raise your spirits. Or look out the window and open your senses to nature during those important early morning hours.
Read a Motivational Quote
Many people read or watch the morning news, which can be a negative way to start the day. How about reading something uplifting, inspiring, or even humorous which will provide positive or fun thoughts to keep you energized and hopeful throughout the day. For me, this means reading a daily text that contains an encouraging and motivational Scriptural thought.
Listen to Music
Spend a few minutes listening to music that makes you feel invigorated, relaxed, motivated, or inspired. Or keep the music on as you go through your morning routine. If you start your mornings on the computer like me, create playlists specifically for those early morning hours. Or simply sing your favorite song in the shower.
Show the Love
Connecting with the ones you love before you leave the house is a great positive way to start your day. Kiss and hug all the people in your house and tell them how much you love each and every one of them. Give your family pet some extra attention. You’ll experience joy and calmness and this action will keep you focused on what’s really important throughout your day.
There you go! Use these 10 tips and you can start the day on your own terms and make it a great day!