What gets you going each day? Sure, the smell of coffee and that first sip of hot, black, magical elixir is great. But do you wake up each day excited and ready to hit the ground running, or is your morning filled with dread and trepidation, or perhaps pain and fear?
There are all kinds of physical reasons to wake up slow and uneasy – illness, pain, or a debilitating condition. But I am talking about mentally – what is your attitude towards your day? Making a few mental shifts can make a difference in your life.
Three Mental Shifts for a Great Day
- Attitude of Gratitude If you start your day by expressing gratitude, you can set a tone for the rest of the day. You can verbalize what you’re grateful for or write it down in a gratitude journal. “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie
Be HappyKeep Smiling Did you know that the simple act of smiling will: improve your mood, lower your blood pressure, relieve stress, relieve pain, help you life longer, and strengthen your immune system? Besides, if you’re smiling, others might wonder what exactly you’re so happy about. “A smile is the universal welcome!”
- Develop a Routine Having a routine for your mornings can ensure you are priming your day for success. Whatever it is, having a repeatable routine can help you stay focused and on track to make the most of your day. “The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” ~ John Maxwell Bonus: It can also help you maintain your health if you incorporate things like healthy meals, working out, and a bedtime routine into your day. Here are some ideas from how I start most days:
- Drink water
- Express gratitude
- Work out
- Drink coffee
- Eat a healthy breakfast
- Set priorities
- Read email / blogs / news
Maybe you’re reading this as part of your daily routine. Maybe I had you at the word “coffee.” ❤ No matter what the reason, I hope I have given you some ideas and inspirations for starting your day out on the right foot.
“MY successful life is one that is calm and happy and moves at a manageable pace. Within that pace, I am able to enjoy the moments that make up each day.” ~ Charlynn Avery
Do you have a morning routine to start your day? What do you find helps you be successful and productive during your day?