How often do you wake up and just feel bleh… You know what I mean? That kind of ‘less than excited to start your day’ feeling?
Well that unhappy and less than motivated mental state can affect more than your morning. It can affect your entire day, starting from your relationships, friendships, quality of work and general motivation. This depressing mental state puts you in a rut and does not have any advantages in improving or bettering your life.
So, what are the best ways to get over this mindset, so as to ultimately feel positive and take on your day?
Here are 5 ways that I motivate myself to feel more positive and ready for even the rainiest Monday morning.
Before you get going – stretch!
You can’t generally control how you move at night and chances are, you may have slept in a strange position making your muscles stiff. Stretching will help loosen the muscles and in addition, help get your blood flowing– so push your legs and arms out and reach as much as you can, touch your toes, twist your upper body. Stretch your sleepy muscles out!
Consider how many hours you sleep per night +-6 to 8 hours, and how long a period that is to go without water! As you wake up, you may feel a bit groggy or have a bit of a headache and this really doesn’t help you feel motivated to wake up. Make sure that you drink at least one glass of water to jump start your metabolism and re-hydrate your body. I struggle to drink cold water first thing in the morning, so if you are anything like me I suggest a cup of warm green tea, or warm water with a squeeze of lemon.
Send a positive message to someone else
It may sound like a strange way to make yourself feel positive, but sometimes writing out an optimistic message to someone else, using words of encouragement or motivation, will help you feel more motivated and driven – as you actualize the words that you are both typing and reading. The best feeling of course is to receive a message of appreciation back. There’s nothing better than knowing someone appreciates you.
Make your bed
Making your bed is the first achievement for the day. It’s a small achievement, but mentally a tidy bed can make you feel more accomplished and sets the tone for your day. It removes clutter from your vision which can make you feel more prepared or organised and a lot less stressed then being in a messy and untidy space. There’s also nothing better than coming home to a tidy bed.
Eat or pack something healthy
Okay, so no matter how much I love breakfast, I understand that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If you really do struggle to eat first thing in the morning, at least make sure to pack a healthy brunch/lunch or snacks, as that low energy slump is bound to creep up on you – and once it does it will do absolutely nothing for your mindset or your day. Don’t forget that your body, just like any other living or moving thing, requires some sort of energy to get it to go! Don’t allow yourself to drive on empty!
Have a positive day!