I don’t leap out of bed each day but I do consider myself a morning person.
Once I’m up, I’m up. And you can talk to me without fear of having your head bitten off.
However, I’ve learned that despite being a morning person, what I do in that first hour or so can have an impact on how I feel throughout the day.
We can’t always stop challenges and obstacles arising and unfortunately, there will always be annoying people. But if you start your day in a positive way, it can reduce the effect these things have on your overall mood.
How to start your day in a positive way
First of all, you need to ditch all external input, i.e. social media, the news and email.
Like most people these days, until recently I was in the habit of reaching for my phone as soon as I woke up.
Before I’d even pulled back the duvet my mind was bombarded with the views, opinions and thoughts of others and a lot of it was often negative.
Tuning into the news as soon as you wake up can have the same effect.
More often that not it’s negative and does nothing to help you start your day in a positive way.
Log out of your social media apps before you go to bed and unplug your TV at the mains. This can lessen your automatic reflex to head straight to social media or turn on the TV as soon as your eyes open.
Here are some alternatives to scrolling through social media and tuning into the news that I try to do each morning:
You know that I’m an advocate for journaling.
If I had to choose just one thing I couldn’t live without for peace of mind, it would be my journal practice.
Journaling helps you to find clarity and get all the thoughts you have circling your mind out and on paper.
It’s great if you’re prone to overthinking or struggling with any difficult or painful emotions that you’re not comfortable discussing with others.
Listen to affirmations
I listen to Tracy G‘s affirmation EP, Love, Light and that Good Sh*t, on Spotify and I highly recommend it. (It’s also available to stream on available to stream on Soundcloud, Apple Music and TIDAL.)
My issue with affirmations in the past has been that they always felt forced and inauthentic. I didn’t really believe what I was saying.
But Tracy’s affirmation EP is different. Simply listen to her affirmations and apply them to your own life.
And she’s not your typical personal development “guru”. She keeps it real and relatable.
I listen while I’m in the shower or getting ready. You can also listen on your commute or while you’re making breakfast.
Pull an oracle card
This is such an easy way to add some positivity to your morning.
Oracle cards have been used for centuries as a way to receive spiritual guidance and insight. They are a powerful tool for connecting to your own inner wisdom and intuition.
Alongside the guidebook, you are encouraged to observe what insights instinctively arise within you when you pull a card.
There are so many different types of oracle card decks available and Hay House has a great range to get you started.
I normally pull a card every morning and one every Sunday as inspiration for the week ahead. (Follow me on Instagram, to find out what cards I pull each week)
You can also use your oracle card as a writing prompt for your journal practice.
Read something positive
I have been using Acts Of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant for years. I have it next to my bed and I read it before I get up.
The book has a passage for every day of the year along with a quote and short affirmation.
Again each day’s passage can be used as a journal prompt to note any thoughts or feelings that come up for you.
There are so many books you could read. Just make sure it’s something with a positive message and short passages that you can read in a couple of minutes.
Sip hot water with lemon
I know you’ve probably heard this so many times that you might even be rolling your eyes, but do you do it? Or do you still start your day with a cup or tea or coffee?
After spending 7-8 hours (hopefully) asleep your body needs hydrating. And you should be drinking a glass of water (room temperature) when you wake up anyway.
There are a number of health benefits associated with starting your day with a cup of hot water with (fresh) lemon.
It’s an easy way to guarantee you get some vitamin C each day and is said to improve digestion and boost your immune system.
Most of us spend the majority of the day sitting – during our commute (well if you can get a seat), at the office, when we’re catching up with friends over drinks or dinner and when get home and unwind.
I know not everyone can afford a fancy gym membership. Or maybe the gym isn’t even your thing. But we need to start finding a way to move more each day.
Our sedentary lifestyles are having a huge impact on our health. Therefore it’s vital that we prioritise some form of exercise.
I try to do a yoga sun salutation and a few stretches each morning that can take between 10-20mins.
If you prefer something more active to get your blood pumping, I came across this cool cardio routine on the blkwomenshealth Instagram account that takes just 7 minutes.
We get it. You’re busy. But we bet you can squeeze in 7 minutes for this quick workout. It’s proven to be just as – if not more – effective than working out for hours at a time. — Do each of these exercises for 30 seconds, with a 10 second break in between. #BlackWomensHealth #HealthyBlackWomen #Fitness #SummertimeFine
I’m really inconsistent with mediation. I think the most I’ve ever managed is 5 days in a row.
My main excuse is that I don’t have enough time, which we both know is a lie. It’s more accurate to say that I don’t see it as a priority.
But I really want to meditation to become as integrated into my life as journaling. Especially as I always feel more peaceful by the end of a meditation.
Recently I started using the Headspace meditation app and at the time of writing this, I’ve managed 15 consecutive days of mediation. The most consistent I’ve ever been!
The biggest difference I have observed is that although things still annoy me, I get over them much quicker.
If you want to give meditation a try, check out my post on getting started with guided meditation.
I can honestly say that doing things in the morning gives me a more positive outlook and peaceful state of mind.
If for some reason I don’t do at least a couple each day, I really notice the difference.
Your initial thought might be that the things listed above sound great but you just don’t have time in the morning for all this stretching, reading and meditating business.
But that’s the beauty of it.
You don’t have to do all, or even half of the things listed.
You can pick and choose, spending as much time as you have available.
Start with one or two things that you know you can easily fit into your morning routine and that you feel will have the greatest positive impact on you and your day.
Gradually as you begin to reap the benefits, you can start waking up 5 or 10 minutes earlier to add something else.
And during the summer it doesn’t feel so bad waking up slightly earlier as the mornings are brighter.
So, carpe diem as they say and start your day in a positive way!
What do you do each day to ensure you have a positive start to the day?
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