By Nicole Tinkham
We wouldn’t wish bad days on our worst enemy but we all know that they happen anyway. Sometimes we think there’s nothing we can do about days like these. And sometimes, you’re right. But, a majority of the time, we actually do have input on how our day goes. For example: how you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Hiccups will happen. You’ll wake up late, stub your toe, burn your breakfast, etc. In those cases, it’s all about how you react to the situation. Do you let it upset you or do you move on with your day like it never happened? There are also things you can do first thing in the morning to help you have a better day. They’re simple and really don’t take up much of your time at all. Read on to find out what they are.
1. Wake up earlier.
There’s nothing more stressful than running late for work. Many of us leave just enough time to roll out of bed and make ourselves look decent before heading off to work. This leaves us little to no time when things don’t go according to plan. And by now you should know that things happen in life that keeps us from our plan quite often. You just never know what will come up next so you must prepare for it! Give yourself plenty of time to get ready without rushing. Leave the house a little earlier to beat the traffic. This will release a ton of stress from your day and we bet you won’t even miss those extra 10-15 minutes of sleep.
2. Start your day with a healthy breakfast.
A good and healthy breakfast is what fuels your morning. It keeps you going without having that third cup of coffee when you get to the office. It helps keep you alert and productive. Not everyone is a breakfast person but if you are, make sure to enjoy this meal before starting your day. If you can’t do early morning, bring a healthy snack to the office to help you power through.
3. Enjoy your morning coffee.
Have your coffee and ENJOY it! Don’t just gulp it down. Use this time to reflect. Think about life and all the things you’re grateful for. Savor every single sip.
4. Prioritize your day.
Take a look at your to-do list. If it’s long, crazy and overwhelming, choose 1-3 things on your list that must get done today and put a star next to them. Anything else on the list can wait until tomorrow. This makes your list way less intimidating.
5. Get your blood pumping.
Exercise releases endorphins that are proven to boost your mood. You don’t have to do much to get a little sweat sesh in. You can go for a walk, jog, hit the gym, or just dance around the living room. Do whatever you need to in order to get a little glisten.
6. Sniff a lemon.
According to Scientists at Tel Aviv University, sniffing a lemon can boost levels of serotonin which boosts your mood. We suggest having a lemon scented candle burning while you’re getting ready for work or have one in the office if you can.
7. Listen to classical music.
Slower rhythms are found to reduce stress. If you’re able, listen to some classical music at work or on the drive into work.
You may not be able to prevent bad things from happening in your day but you can do just a few simple things to promote a better day. Taking just 15 minutes in the morning to do things a little differently can go a long way. The power of doing these 7 things every morning goes way beyond you. When you’re in a better mood, those around you will also be in a better mood which really benefits everyone. Give this list a chance. Try it out for at least 21 days and see how you feel. And let us know how your days have improved by leaving a comment below!