How to start your day off to a great start??
5 things that you can do in the morning to set yourself up for a great day!
1. A Positive Start
What is your first conscious thought?
We all get woken up by our alarm and automatically think "NOPE" ... "ahhh a few more snoozes" or maybe on a winning day, we beat the alarm!
Instead of waking up saying "ahhhhhh I am soooo tired"... "ugh its Monday". Let your first thought be a positive one. Tell yourself “today is going to be a great day” or “today I am grateful for…” or just smile!
You have been asleep for at least 6-7 hours without water. Time to wake up with some hydration. Drink a glass of water when you first wake up (prepare the night before and place a glass by your bed side).
3. Morning Bed Side Stretch
Stretching releases happy hormones. It wakes the body up, so get moving and arrive into your body! Whether that is to get out of bed and sweep the arms up, stretch side to side or a morning yoga session. Get your mind out of your sleepy head, out of your dreams and into the present, into your day with the breath and body. S T R E E E E E E T C H H H . . . . .
Yoga in the morning ideas:
3. Self Care Routine
What do you do for yourself in the morning? What is your self-care routine?
Get into the habit of starting the day with and for yourself. Start your day with something that is do-able and convenient for you, something that you can check in easily with each day. It could be a 10-15 minute yoga session, writing in a journal, listing 3 things that you are grateful for today, meditation, breathing exercises, writing down your daily intentions (your goals for the day), breakfast, make-up routine, singing in the shower, going for a run or it might even just be something as simple as brush teeth and hair, face wash and moisturise.
Take those moments to present yourself to your day!
5. Smile – It Is Contagious :)
When someone smiles at you it is hard not to reciprocate, we mirror the person we are interacting with, even if it is a fake one. The act of smiling is engaging with the ‘happy zone’ in the left hemisphere of the brain. Even if you aren't particularly in a good mood, ‘fake it til you make it' and get those electrical impulses firing in the brain's 'happy zone' !
Creating these habits into your daily routine, creates new pathways in your brain. The more we practice something the stronger these pathways get; it becomes habitual. Here is short video explaining neuroplasticity (thank you OpenMindedFitnessGroup). It really is the power of our mindset (brain); we are in control over what we think. If you focus on problems, all you will see are problems. If you focus on possibilities and a 'can-do' attitude you will start to see the opportunities!
Have a great day!