Do you have to force yourself to get out of bed, especially on a cold, dark morning? Do you hit the snooze button again and again until you really have to get up?
Sometimes it can be difficult to get out of bed, get ready, and leave the house on time in the morning.
Here are four ways to revitalize your morning routine and start the day in a positive frame of mind.
Think Positive Thoughts before Getting Up
“I don’t want to get out of bed.”
“I don’t want to go to work today.”
“I wish it was Saturday!”
If these kinds of thoughts are running through your mind as soon as you wake up, it’s time to put yourself in a more positive frame of mind before you get out of bed.
If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, immediately change them into positive ones. These could include:
“I’m looking forward to today.”
“I will enjoy every minute of my day.”
“I’m glad it’s Monday.”
Say these positive thoughts to yourself even if you don’t mean them at first. It will take some practice but, after about two weeks, you’ll notice that you’re automatically thinking positive thoughts as soon as you wake up.
These positive thoughts will encourage you to get up on time because you’ll want to prepare for the awesome day that awaits you.
Look after yourself
Make yourself a cup of coffee or tea before you head to the bathroom for your shower. Sip your drink as you get ready in the bathroom. This will refresh you and help you wake up.
If you prefer, drink a cup of hot water with three teaspoons of lemon juice mixed in. This will hydrate you and help your digestive system to dispel toxins and waste matter.
Always make sure you eat breakfast before you leave home, so that you have enough energy to tackle anything that the morning brings.
If you don’t usually have time to eat breakfast, go to bed fifteen minutes earlier each evening until you can get up early enough.
Read an Inspirational Book, Write a Journal Entry and/or Meditate
Reading an inspirational book whilst having breakfast will put you in a much more positive mood than if you watch the news or read a newspaper.
If you have time, write a journal entry, noting down any concerns that you have about your day. When you write down your worries, they appear less important than when they’re floating around in your head. Keeping a journal gives you clarity, so that you can cope better with daily challenges.
If you already practice meditation, spend ten minutes or longer in meditation after breakfast. If you’d like to start meditating, spend just five minutes in silence, focusing on your breath. If your mind wanders, as it inevitably will, just bring your attention back to your breath without judging yourself.
Don’t check your phone or email until you’ve done at least one of these three things.
It’s important to take time to focus on yourself before finding out what’s going on in the world and what people are expecting of you.
Repeat Positive Affirmations
Sometimes it’s easy to be positive when you’re at home, but your positive attitude seems to desert you on your way to work.
To counteract this, repeat positive affirmations to yourself as you leave home and travel to work.
Repeat, “I’m going to have an awesome day,” or “Everything will work out well,” if there’s a situation that is causing you some concern.
Write down some positive affirmations on index cards, put them in your pocket or bag, and take them out and read them several times during the day.
The Benefits of Your New Morning Routine
This new morning routine will calm your mind, energize your body, and put you in a positive frame of mind for the rest of the day.
Practice your new morning routine every day for at least two weeks. Be consistent. Do these things every day even if you don’t feel like doing them. Even if you don’t believe the positive affirmations, say them anyway.
After a few weeks, you’ll jump out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off.
You’ll discover that your new morning routine is having a positive, knock-on effect on the rest of your day.
Notice how much happier, calmer, and in control you feel.
You’ll be ready to tackle any challenges that present themselves during the day.