Have you ever heard of the phrase “waking up at the wrong side of the bed”?
Well, for many people who have worked overnight or for those who stayed up late, waking up in a good mood may be impossible. So, to start a good day, you need to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. If you are working at night, then short naps would do before you take a long sleep in the afternoon before you start another shift at night. While naps may not give you enough rest that you need, these short rests are enough to give you that mood-defining boost you need to make your day better.
Have you ever tried planning your day ahead to make sure you accomplish something at the end of the day? You may want to choose using a daily organizer to make sure you are able to keep track of your activities for the day.
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Here are some hacks you may want to consider to start your day right in the morning:
ONE: Breathe in the fresh air as you start your basic stretches
Whether you are living in an apartment or a much larger home where they may be a backyard, there is always a way to breathe in the fresh air. You do not need to immediately get out and run or do your exercise. Just opening a window or stepping out a few steps out the door to welcome the morning breeze.
As you breathe through the morning breeze, do a few stretches, just enough to wake your nerves up as you get ready for the day’s work.
TWO: Drink Your Morning Lemon Water
Before eating your breakfast and drinking your coffee. Drink your lemon water first. Not only will lemon water restart your body, but it also helps in cleansing your body off the toxins and refreshes your palette, allowing you to taste food better not only in the morning but during the whole day. Would it not be nice to have something as simple as lemon water to get you going in the morning?
THREE: Enjoy a Warm Morning Bath
A warm bath in the morning gives you a better and calm startup. Starting with a warm bath in the morning calms your nerves down and allows you to take a better option of looking at things as you begin your work or your chores at home.
FOUR: Eat a Healthy Hearty Breakfast
Whatever breakfast you eat, it is best if it is healthy. Simple yet nutritious breakfast meals give you that clean boost that clears your mind and body from needing to work double-time to digest the food you eat in the morning which will only make your body feel tired even before you start doing your intended work.
Adding fruits, vegetables, and enough protein into your breakfast would be enough to get you through the day and make you ready and excited for lunchtime. Believe it or not, the food you eat at breakfast will have a lot to do with how you will feel in the early morning which will directly affect your performance.
Surely, not everyone may say “yes” to these strategies of starting your morning. However, with the right mix and match of your favorite activities that do get you up and going in the morning, this strategy will certainly give you a chance to enjoy the whole day by starting with a great morning.
How Planning in the Morning Helps
Planning your activities as you start the morning in a manner of keeping your mind focused on the things that you are supposed to accomplish. While many may call this “self-direction”, in psychology, this is known as mind training.
Some may not seem to develop a liking to the idea of planning the day every day in the morning. The reason would be that they think this would take so much of their time. Then again, a planned day has been proven more satisfying for those who want to achieve small successful goals to achieve larger ones in the long run.
Mind training, as recognized in psychology is about giving your mind something to work with through the visuals that your eyes can see. The connection that the eyes have with the mind is powerful especially in terms of motivating you to move and act upon something that has been written on paper for your reminder.
If you are not into journaling yet, you ought to try it gradually. Perhaps small lists of what you want to do in the morning would do. Check each activity once you complete them and try to observe how that affects you emotionally and how it motivates you to get through the rest of the day.
What if you fail to achieve what you have planned?
Many avoid journaling or planning for the day because they do not want to experience the idea behind failing to achieve what they have set for themselves to achieve. Instead of looking at this as a failure, it is best to see this as a form of self-training on how to effectively handle failures with a more positive outlook on the learning that it offers.
Instead of simply dropping the planning and journaling process, it is best to examine what happened, what caused the failure, and how it could be averted later on. It might surprise you that as you go through these procedures, you would be able to learn more about yourself and find it more beneficial than you have expected it to be. The skill you develop in handling and redirecting your pattern of responding to failures will help you develop a more positive attitude towards life in the long run.
In all these, it is best to find a journal or a planner that will be able to guide you in prioritizing your goals and give you different options of putting in your plans to develop a more effective way of achieving each point in your daily list of activities. This way, journaling would feel more of a hobby than a task to complete in the morning.