How you wake up in the morning can have a huge impact on the rest of your day. If you wake up in a bad mood and rushed for time, odds are you’re setting yourself up for negativity throughout the day. I’ve been in that position plenty of times – and often my anxiety increases and gets worse throughout the day. I’ve recently made it a point to try to wake up “happy” – and what a difference it makes! I find that I’m more efficient, productive and positive, and that my day is better in general. Here are a couple of steps you can take to wake up happy:
1. Pick out your outfit the night before
I’m one of those people that finds picking out an outfit very stressful (maybe that’s just cause I’m a fashion blogger?! Or is that normal? haha). I try on tons of outfit combinations and by the time I’m fully dressed, there are clothes strewn all over my bed and floor. I’ve found that if I pick out my outfit the night before, I eliminate a ton of stress in the morning. I even pick out the accessories – my handbag, shoes and any jewelry I plan to wear. I keep the outfit folded by my bed or hanging right inside my closet so it’s easy to access in the morning.
2. Open your blinds
Sunlight makes me so happy, and waking to a bright, sunlit room makes me happiest. I always raise the blinds right right before bed, so that I wake up to the sunrise. The light signals your brain that it’s time to wake up – it works like a cup of coffee to get me out of bed and start my morning routine!
3. Do a devotion
One of my favorite ways to start out the day is spending time with the Lord, either by reading some of my favorite Bible verses or by doing a quick devotion. I love this devotional book – there’s a different scripture and teaching for each day and they’re always positive and uplifting.
4. Do the dishes the night before
This one might sound crazy, but hear me out. I find that I am much happier in the mornings when I walk into my kitchen to find an empty sink and clean kitchen. I make it a point to wash all my dishes (or put them in the dishwasher) the night before – it’s a simple task, but it makes all the difference when you wake up. It is much easier to cook breakfast without all the clutter, too!
5. Look forward to breakfast
Make a breakfast that is healthy and delicious, but most of all one that you’ll look forward to! Try a “banana split parfait” by cutting a banana in half and layering vanilla yogurt, fruit and a little bit of granola on top. Lately I’ve been throwing a frozen whole wheat waffle in the toaster and then slathering peanut butter and honey on top. It tastes so good that I think about it at night before I go to bed! Maybe instead of a fancy breakfast, you could make a special coffee drink in the morning – whatever it is, it should make you excited to wake up.
Starting your day with 5 to 10 minutes of meditation is the perfect way to set the tone for your entire day and help you stay focused, content and optimistic. Find a comfortable spot in your house where you can sit, undisturbed. If you’re new to meditation, try listening to a guided one like this one or this one. Or you could just journal for a few minutes, writing down everything your thankful for that day.
7. Play your favorite song while you brush your teeth
I find that one of the quickest and easiest ways to feel happy during the morning is to listen to one of my favorite songs while I’m brushing my teeth and putting my makeup on. I end up dancing around in my pajamas by the time the song is over! Some of my favorites right now are Body Like a Back Road and It Ain’t Me.
8. Get plenty of sleep the night before
Getting enough sleep is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Not only does it make you feel better, its importance goes beyond just boosting your mood – it helps benefit you heart, mind and even your weight, and can improve your memory, spur creativity and can help keep your stress levels low. I notice that when I get 8 hours of sleep, I wake up feeling and looking well-rested, without bags under my eyes.
9. Listen to a podcast
I love listening to podcasts in the mornings, whether it’s an inspirational one or the latest episode of a crime/thriller podcast. They can make a traffic-filled drive so much better – I won’t even notice that I’m sitting in traffic! I blogged about some of my favorite podcasts here.
10. Sticky notes of affirmation
I’d love to hear some things you do in the morning to start your day out on a positive note! Let us all know in the comments 🙂
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