Do you jump out of bed as soon as your alarm rings or do you hit snooze, pull the covers over your head, and dread the day ahead?
The moment we open our eyes we make a choice. We can choose to welcome a new day filled with opportunity with a positive mindset or we can choose to start our day feeling sluggish and uninterested.
I don’t know about you but I want to make every morning as enjoyable and purposeful as I can. I find that when I can start my day the right way, I usually have a better day overall.
No, it’s not perfect but it does make a difference in how I react to the things that I can’t control. Getting into a positive mindset right off the bat allows me to bring those good vibes to everything that I do throughout the day.Think of a new day as a blank slate. How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Click To Tweet
My morning routine is my sacred time to ease into the day, but sometimes life gets in the way and it just doesn’t happen.
As my plan B, I find that doing these small, intentional things help me create a positive mindset and help to boost my mood so I can start my day with a good attitude.
Here are positive habits that you can implement into your morning to start your day the right way. I also created a checklist to make it even easier for you!
THE NIGHT BEFORE
Starting your day with a positive mindset actually begins the night before. A few things you’re going to want to do before going to bed:
- Go to bed early
- Early to bed, early to rise. Getting up when your body is actually rested is 100 times easier than trying to drag yourself out of bed when you’re still exhausted. When you wake up on-time, refreshed, and energized, you’ll have enough time to do things that will get you into a positive mindset.
- Get mentally organized
- Planning your top priorities for the next day the night before is key to having a stress-free and positive morning.
- Organize your space
- I’m a huge believer in that clutter is chaos for the mind. Organizing your space at least 5 minutes the night before helps you create a more peaceful morning mindset.
- Set out your things for the next day
- You can’t stay positive if you’re running around rushed and stressed, right? Set out your clothes, pack your bag, get your lunch ready, and lay out the things you need for breakfast.
IN THE MORNING
Say thank you
Before you get out of bed and take on the day, stop, take a few deep breaths and reflect on what you’re grateful for. What makes you happy?
Taking a moment to silently say thank you for all the good in your life will help you shift your mindset into a more positive one. It’s a good way to welcome positive, thankful thoughts as soon as you wake and deter any negative thoughts that tend to flow into your head.
Stay off the phone
Do you reach for your phone as soon as you wake up?
If you find yourself checking your list of notifications as soon as you wake up, you tend to unintentionally throw yourself into “catch-up mode”. Suddenly, you’re desperately trying to get caught up on what you missed yesterday and your peace-of-mind and morning are hijacked by your phone.
On top of that, the longer you lay in bed scrolling, the more time you lose in starting your day off right.
On weekends, I find that I’m totally guilty of doing this since it’s harder to kick the habit without a tight schedule. When I finally drag myself out of bed, I realize that I lost an hour of my day because I couldn’t wait to check my phone.
I’ve realized it doesn’t do anything for my mindset except make me feel unproductive and sluggish.
So check the important things (like messages and calls) if you have to but leave the emails and social media for later.
Make your bed
Growing up my mom used to always get on my case about not making my bed. I just thought she was a clean freak (sorry mom) but turns out there are actual mindset benefits behind it. Moms are always right, I tell ya.
As Charles Duhigg writes in his book, The Power of Habit, “making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.”
Once the small task of making your bed is complete, all the tasks in your day seem that much more doable.
It may seem insignificant but making your bed triggers success, productivity, and happiness.
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Visualize your day
When you already see, feel and believe that something is happening, you’re breaking through those mental blocks that are limiting you from having a positive day.
Take 5 minutes to picture your day exactly how you want it to happen. Imagine yourself getting to work with 15 minutes to spare. Peacefully making yourself a cup of coffee just the way you like and making your way to your desk unbothered. Your to-do list is already made and all you have to do is clear your inbox as you sip on your coffee.
Imagine finishing that task that you’ve been meaning to finish today. Think about how it’ll make you feel and how you’ll reward yourself. Maybe you’ll take a stroll outside the office or sit outside to read during lunch.
The power in visualizing is that it helps to keep you motivated, positive, and focused on what you want.The power in visualizing is that it helps to keep you motivated, positive, and focused on what you want Click To Tweet
Affirmations are the perfect way to train your brain to think more positive first thing in the morning. The more you repeat positive thoughts, the more you will start to believe it.
“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” – Robert Kiyosaki
Whether you realize it or not, we’re constantly talking to ourselves. What we say to ourselves helps shape our attitude and our mindset. Affirmations help us to become more in tune with our thoughts and the way we talk to ourselves on the regular.
Stand in front of a mirror and repeat 3 affirmations that resonate with you. It’s helpful to post them up in your house so they serve as a reminder.
Even if you can’t find the time to stand in front of the mirror, try whispering, thinking, or reading them. Pick ones that make you feel really good and empowered. Saying them with emotion and like you actually mean it will help boost their effectiveness.
A few examples to start you off:
- I am happy and content with my life.
- I am patient and calm and greet the day with open arms.
- I am a powerful person who can achieve anything.
Since I believe affirmations are super important in creating a positive mindset, I’ve included affirmation cards with your positive morning checklist download! Put them on your mirror, by your front door, in your agenda, or on your computer monitor.
Do at least one thing that nourishes you
Whether it’s listening to your favorite tunes or cuddling with your 4-legged friend, doing things that nourish you in the mornings is a sure-fire way to boost your mood.
I love using my Google Home Mini to play my favorite songs when I wake up. I can literally tell it to play my favorite song and boom – I didn’t have to move a muscle to start getting pumped for the day.
Carve out time in your morning routine to do something that fills your cup. Make yourself a nourishing breakfast, slowly sip on your favorite tea, curl up with a book, or get your body moving.
That one thing can make a big difference in your mindset and mood throughout the day.How to start your day with a positive mindset Click To Tweet
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Check your posture
I’ve said this 1000 times and I’ll say it again. The connection between the mind and body is so powerful. Studies have shown that standing up straight has a tremendous effect on our mindset and mood.
The straighter you stand, the more confident and powerful you’ll feel. So since what we do when we wake up sets the tone for the day, make sure to check your posture when you’re showering, sitting in bed, walking the dog, and eating breakfast.
Not only does it physically feel better to have your shoulders back and chin up, it can make a huge difference in how you feel. This is also good to keep in mind throughout the day.
Surround yourself with all the positive vibes as much as you can. If your roommate likes to complain to you first in the morning, try eating breakfast earlier or later to avoid her (sorry roomie, gotta #ProtectTheEnergy) or simply change the topic.
If you tend to always watch the news in the morning, try opting for your favorite comedy. Or if you listen to it on the way to work, listen to uplifting music or a podcast on something that interests you.
The news is generally about everything that is wrong with the world, so tuning into it too much too often can have a negative effect on you.
What you listen to, participate in, and watch first thing in the morning can have a big impact on how you feel.
The key to starting your day with a positive mindset is to give yourself enough time in the mornings to do small things that welcome positive thoughts and push out the negative ones that try so hard to get into our heads.
Instead of starting your day in a fluster, you’ll start your day with a clear and positive mind that will set you up for a great day.
Remember to download the checklist before you go!
Now over to you…what do you do to create a more positive mindset in the mornings?