I used to be a nightmare in the mornings. I would never sleep in past 10 a.m., but when I did wake up, I would lay in my bed, and repeatedly hit the snooze button. When I finally found the strength to get out of bed, I would go sit in the shower for 30 minutes or so simply because I didn’t feel like moving.
Before my day was even started, I already wished it was over so that I could crawl back into bed and go to sleep.
By the time that I had got a start on with my day, I often felt like I was always one step behind everybody else. I was sluggish, had less energy, and got easily annoyed (especially by the people who had energy in the mornings).
I’m sure everyone can relate to this to some extent.
As I got older, though, I realized the importance of having a successful start to the day. Mornings set the pace for the rest of the day. If you want to have a successful day, then you need to first start by having a successful morning. And while it’s not everything, success first starts with your mood.
Here are 8 helpful habits that will help you to boost your mood in the morning.
1. GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP.
I don’t really think that anybody can be fully functional while running on little sleep. If you wake up in the morning and aren’t genuinely excited and energized to get on with your day, you aren’t going to be as happy as you could have been.
There are always going to be exceptions to this, but for the most part, try to get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep. A good night’s sleep is an important factor for both your mental and physical health, as well as your overall happiness and quality of life.
2. WRITE DOWN 5 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR.
No matter what type of mood you wake up in, write down 5 things that you are grateful for. This gets your mind to focus on all that is good in life instead of the things that are lacking. The more good you focus on, the happier you will be.
By focusing on your happiness first thing in the morning, you are then setting the tone for the rest of the day. This doesn’t mean that obstacles aren’t going to present themselves, but the impact that they have will be reduced because your mind is already in a good state.
3. MAKE YOUR BED.
The key here is to start your day off with a win. By completing a task first thing in the morning, you are reinforcing the belief that you mean business for the rest of your day. It allows you to immediately check one task off and feel accomplished so that you can move on to the next task.
4. PLAN YOUR DAY.
Nothing will kill your mood faster than stress and disappointment. One way to eliminate feeling stress and disappointment is to plan your day. When you have a clear cut schedule, you know what it is that you need to accomplish, you know where you are supposed to be, and it helps to bring some order to your life. All of these things can help to improve your mood instead of constantly feeling stressed and overwhelmed all the time.
5. SET DAILY GOALS.
I personally like to set 3 daily goals. These aren’t necessarily daily priorities, but rather daily tasks that will help lead towards the long-term goals that I have set for myself.
For example, let’s say that one of my long-term goals was to write a book. A daily goal could be to write an introduction or to write a page of the book. While I will still have more work to do, it is helping to set me up on the right path to achieve my long-term goals.
6. PRIORITIZE YOUR DAY.
If you haven’t read The ONE Thing by Gary Keller, I highly recommend you do so sooner rather than later.
The objective is to focus on the ONE most important thing that you need to do that will set you up to have a successful day. Only once you finish the one thing should you then move on to the next task that you need to accomplish.
By prioritizing your most important task first thing in the morning, you will have more energy to complete it and will be less likely to procrastinate. This can be HUGE for helping to boost your mood.
7. GET MOVING AND EXERCISING.
Let go of the day before. No matter what happened, good or bad, you can’t change it. Get your body moving, shake off all of the emotions from the past, and release all of that tension.
Aside from helping to relieve stress, it also helps boost your energy while increasing your mood and ability to think clearly.
I have changed my morning routine and start all of my mornings off by working out. That is, of course, after I make my bed.
Nothing helps me to wake up more than getting a good sweat in before work and knowing that I pushed my body to the limit. Once I am done working out, I feel refreshed and if there isn’t anything that I can’t handle throughout the rest of the day.
Smile. Not only because it’s hard, not only because it will boost your mood, but also because it will boost the mood of those around you.
What do you do when somebody smiles at you? You smile, right? And how do you feel once you smile? I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you feel better than you did before you smiled. That’s because smiling immediately boosts dopamine (the happiness hormone) in your body so you are left feeling… happier.
There are so many benefits to smiling, but yet many of us still don’t do it enough. Smiling and random acts of kindness are probably the easiest things that we can do to boost our overall happiness while helping to create a positive impact on the world around us.
This is just a list of some of the things that you can do to boost your mood in the morning. Surely there are others, and if you find one that works for you, go with it as long as it’s effective.
Your mornings can make or break your day. Do whatever you can do to start your day off on a high note so that you can set the rest of your day up to be a successful one.
Yesterday’s post: How To Stop Negative Self-Talk: 7 Tips To Help Reclaim Your Confidence