Add these 8 habits to your morning routine for a positive day and a happier life
Believe it or not, having a morning routine can change your life for the better.
No, this is not about brushing your teeth or checking your newsfeed right after you wake up. This is about creating a morning ritual that will contribute to your happiness throughout the day.
We can all agree that feeling happy is not an easy task. It requires a lot of positive will, which you can build by making fundamental changes in your morning routine. Indeed, it’s not that easy to change your habits just like that. However, if you want to make a constructive difference in your life, you need to start from the beginning. And what better beginning than the very start of the day? Establishing a morning routine might be just what you need to set some amazing positive changes in your life.
The only thing that’s stopping you is you. Stop letting things outside of your control to determine how you would feel til the rest of your days. Surely you have some time in the morning to mix things up a little bit. Take the wheel of your life in your own hands!
You can start by setting a morning routine, and step by step, you will soon feel all the benefits it gives you. Not only you’ll feel more energized and ready to conquer the day, but you will also be more productive and effective in your workplace.
Here are 8 positive habits you can adopt in your morning routine for a lovely day and a happy life.
1. Start your day with a smile.
The first step towards establishing a positive attitude is starting your day with a smile. It’s not that hard now, is it? If you start your day with a happy thought and a big smile, you’ll feel quite cheered up at least during the first half of your day.
This may sound silly, but a single smile has the power to boost your mood, as it releases ‘happy’ neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. Regardless of what lies in the foreground, starting your day with a smile helps you see the world open-mindedly and frees your perspective from any prejudices.
2. Be grateful
You just woke up. There is a whole new day full of surprises ahead of you. While you’re having your sweet cup of coffee, remind yourself of all the things you are grateful for. These are the things that make your life so wonderful and amusing. Taking your time to appreciate what you have and show gratitude will put you in the right direction to conquer your day.
3. Step out in the sunlight
Sunlight has magical powers. Not only it makes everything seem so dreamy and beautiful, but it also keeps the balance of your mood and your metabolism. Stepping out in the sunlight in the morning can even set your circadian clock effectively. What’s more, it helps mitigate some of the blue light exposure effects from all the screens you have to look at for the rest of your day. Isn’t sunlight just fascinating?
4. Move your body
Help your body get ready for all the stress factors that are about to hit it today. Add some movement to your morning routine. You can take a mindful walk out in the sunlight, do some stretching in your bed, or dance to a funny song. This is an awesome way to set a positive tone for the whole day!
5. Have a refreshing big glass of water
Another great way to wake your body up is by pouring yourself a big glass of water. We all know that hydration is very important. But do you know why?
All of the organs and tissues in your body depend on water to function properly. That’s why, since your body loses water regularly, you need to compensate for these losses. As a bonus, having a nice glass of water and maybe adding a slice of lemon to it, will naturally make you feel energized, even before your daily dose of caffeine hits you.
6. Take a quick cold shower
Okay, this one is not so pleasing, but it could be extremely beneficial for you. If you feel daring enough, take a quick cold shower in the morning. If not, at least try giving your face a splash of cold water. This will get your blood circulating, tighten your pores, and will also soothe your eyes. Your face and your body will definitely be grateful for your sacrifice to expose yourself to the cold water.
7. Listen to your favorite song
Can you name a better way to start your day than to do something you truly enjoy? Listening to your favorite song and maybe dancing to it is one of the best ways to boost your mood and keep it positive for the rest of the day. The great thing about music is that it wouldn’t take you any extra time. You can listen to some fine beats while you’re getting ready, brushing your teeth, or even while you take your daily shower. Wouldn’t that be fun?
8. Take some time to clear your mind
Some call it ‘meditation’, others call it ‘relaxation’. You are free to name it however you like. Taking some quality time to clear your headspace is the best way to neutralize a negative mood! You don’t need to listen to some digital voice telling you to feel every fiber of your body. You can just sit quietly and allow thoughts to come and go without attaching to them. Imagine them as little fluffy clouds that just pass by and fade away before your eyes. You will soon feel calmer and at peace with yourself. And that’s really what matters the most.
These simple, yet effective habits can help you set an optimistic tone, not only to your day but also to your life.
You don’t have to try them all, just chose the ones find the most appealing, and adopt them in your morning routine for a month or two.
It’s not that big of an effort, and you know it.
Your thoughts are predetermined by your mood. You see life through your own perspective. And only you can control how you look at things. If you learn how to supervise your thoughts, you will surely feel the positive changes in no time!