Early mornings kind have a bad rap for a lot of people, but I’ve been trying to turn my not so positive attitude towards early mornings around recently. Last week I made the decesion, I would get up half and hour earlier so I had more time to write and workout before work. Writing and working out in the morning always make me feel super productive right away, and I get to check off two things from my to-do checklist before I even reach the office. I trick myself to feel like I am winning early in the day, which sets a positive tone for the rest of the day.
While this method works for me, there are many other ways to set a positive tone for your day and many reasons why you should embrace more positive thinking overall. Science tells us that a positive attitude can help fight cardiovascular disease, increase lifespan, decreased chance of depression, greater resistance to the common cold, and much more (see this Mayo Clinic article for more benefits). Who doesn’t want these benefits?!
Here are some tips I’ve found to help start my day on a more positive note:
1. Don’t read your work emails right when you wake up. You’re most likely to see a list of to-dos in your inbox. Allowing this to be the first thing you see early in your day will probably stress you out and make you feel behind even before getting to work. Wait until you are ready to start work, so you are ready to take care of your emails when you read them, and not begin the day overwhelmed.
2. Start a morning routine that includes something for you. Maybe you enjoy writing and working out like me, or maybe you’d rather read or work on your hobbie. Some people enjoy getting up and pampering themselves with a self care routine. Whatever starts your day off on a positive note, make time for it in the morning. If you have children, think about spending some time reading or playing with them. This way everyone feels a good vibe first thing in the morning.
3. Don’t start your day with the news. I love being in the know but the news is usually not good, uplifting stories. Starting your day with all the negative stuff happening in the world will not help with a positive attitude. I suggest doing a few things that make you happy first then reading the news. This way you’ll have some positive energy before the negative comes your way.
4. Wake up a little earlier. I know, you already wake up early, but if you’re running around frantically every morning in order to get out the door in time for work, wake up a little earlier. It can be 10 minutes, but starting your day rushed and frantic sets your day up to be rushed and frantic.
5. Have a mantra for the day. For some people this may seem too out there, and I use to think it was silly. After trying it though, it works. If you have a positive mantra for your day, you will find yourself focused on this. What we focus on is what we get more of, so if you’re focused on a positive mantras you’ll get more positivity. I like simple intentions like, “I welcome all forms of positivity into my life” or “I am deserving and worthy of all good things.” Find one that fits you and your day.