Lots of people cite the morning as their least favorite time of the day. Why are some of us up and ready to go when the alarm clock rings while others dread the morning? Could it be that your first-thing-in-the-morning habits could be affecting your outlook and attitude throughout the day? The answer is: yes! The things you do when you wake up can affect the next 12 hours. Here are some habits of happy people who make the morning the first chance to grab hold of the upcoming day:
1. Body care
You might think about beginning a morning routine that pampers your greatest asset: your body. This could include a bath, freshly-blended juice shake, or short exercise session. Developing healthy habits in the morning can start you off with a dose of positivity when things look gloomy.
2. Speak kindness
Each morning, when you wake, express your thankfulness to God, the universe or yourself about having the opportunity of another day of existence. Forget the frustrating day before or stressful evening you might’ve had. Every day is a clean slate with endless opportunities – celebrate that.
3. Forget the past
If you spend your morning dwelling on the mistakes of yesterday, how could you possibly have an upbeat attitude? Don’t let regrets and mistakes hold you down. Instead, think about how you will not repeat past mistakes during your upcoming day.
Spend a few minutes meditating or praying, to connect with your sense of inner peace and relaxation.
A positive way to spend each morning is by stating, perhaps even writing down, your goals for the day. Envision what you want to happen in the next few hours, which things you’d like to accomplish. Go over any responsibilities you have and realize that anything is within your reach.
6. Plan to do at least one thing you WANT
If you treat every day as if it’s your last, then you certainly deserve to enjoy at least one fun thing every day. This could be anything that makes you happy – from a massage to a good book or delicious treat.
7. Ask questions
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: if today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs