How do you start your day?
Hitting off the snooze button and hoping to catch a few more precious minutes of sleep?
Wishing it was the weekend already?
Grabbing your phone to check your messages?
Rushing to get out of the door? Dreading what’s ahead of you?
The way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. It’s like steering your brain in that direction.
Choose wisely and get ready to get empowered!
1. Don’t waste time sleeping in
Sleep is important and restorative, we all know that. But. If you oversleep, if you wake up late, then you tend to miss a good part of your day. Learn to get up early, or earlier than your usual, even if that’s 30 minutes earlier. Make it a habit to notice it and plan on how you will use the extra precious minutes to empower yourself. Then, enjoy your morning routine!
First thing when you get up, let a smile spread in your face. Savor it. Let it be the signal to your brain that “everything’s fine, everything will be OK.” With a smile, the muscles of your face send to your brain the message “I am happy,” and then feel good natural hormones start flowing in your system, giving you a good feeling.
3. Set a positive intention for the day
How would you like your day to be? This is your chance to tell your brain what you want to do and begin your day in a positive note. Isn’t that better than moaning about what you don’t want to do in your day?
Take some deep, slow breaths. Breathing is a natural techniquethat when done in a slow, deliberate manner it grounds you and sends the message to the brain that you are relaxed and peaceful.
5. Answer two important questions.
You can use a plain piece of paper, a sticky note to stick it to your refrigerator or your phone or computer. The questions are:
- What is one thing that I am grateful for in my life?
- What are three small things that I appreciate in my life?
6. Make Your Own Bed
The inspiring University of Texas at Austin, 2014 Commencement Address, Naval Adm. William McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, encouraged his audience to change the world by making their bed every day!
It’s simple, yet powerful. The explanation is that when you get up and first thing in your day you accomplish something, no matter how small, that gives you a self-pride that fuels you to complete next task and then go on with the different tasks.
Starting with a small accomplished task, at the day end, you will have a list of a whole lot of small accomplished tasks. This reinforces the idea that little things matter and can make a big difference. And if you cannot do the tiny things correctly, that shows you that you probably cannot do the large things right.
This way you reinforce and encourage yourself to start building new habits and practically a new life. So, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your own bed.”
7. Do a powerful yoga pose, like the warrior
Besides the substantial physical benefits in circulation and balance, this pose is awesome for increasing the body-mind connection, opening your heart, and fostering courage and inner strength.
8. Meditate in the shower
Even if you don’t have a lot of time to do a formal meditation you can still reap the benefits of it as you get ready. While in the shower, focus on your breathing- breathe in, breathe out. As simple as that. Notice the sensation of the water on your body and enjoy how it feels against your skin. Research shows that meditation has a host of positive effects, including a sense of calm, better mood, better self-esteem, more creativity, better mental and physical health.
9. Have a to-do-list
Prioritize what you need to accomplish during your day. Make sure you experience the joy of crossing off items once you accomplished them. See if you can group together related items- such as grocery shopping and go to the dry cleaner’s that happen to be close to each other. Make sure that you include self-care stuff, such as a massage, time to read a book, coffee break, etc.
10. Create Something
Start the day in an inspired and creative way; write a blog post, a poem, start working on your novel, draw something or make something with your hands. This way you set a positive mood and tone for the rest of the day.