How do you wake up? Do you roll over in bed, hitting the snooze button seven plus times? Or do you hop out like the Easter Bunny ready to round up your morning eggs? You’re probably somewhere in between but it’s time to make your mornings matter. Those first few hours can set the tone for the rest of your day and putting on a smile is a great start.
Let’s get real here. It’s not always easy to leave the covers for the cold tile. Unless you had a coffee machine next to your bedside, we can all feel pretty groggy when we’re getting up. But even though your eyes may still be fuzzy and your feet aren’t quite ready to hit the ground running, your brain can warm up while you wake up. Take that time when it’s still peaceful to get a mindset for the morning and the day that is to come—what are you setting your sights on today?
Start by saying “good morning” automatically. Even if your voice cracks, and even if you think it would be easier to just trudge along, be pleasant to everyone you encounter and the reciprocity will revitalize your spirits. You don’t have to have a talk-show worthy conversation but being amicable in the morning sets a tone for the rest of the day.
Also, try not to procrastinate in the morning. Some of us are naturally motivated in the morning. I tend to get my steam in the evening. Even so, 9:00 am can quickly become 11:00 am and then 1:00 pm with nothing to show for it. Even if it is accomplishing some simple tasks, make your morning time valuable instead of fiddling around on Facebook. You’ll feel so much more productive when you’ve used your time wisely and you carry that sense of self-determination with you for the rest of the day.
You decide how your day is going to go. Sure, you can’t control when a car cuts you off or when your chai latte spills, but you can control how you react. Pay attention to the positives. Believe me, they are there—you just have to pay careful attention. Especially on the tough days, don’t give in to your grief. Fight for your day, even if the morning was mediocre, if not terrible. It’s never too late for your day to shape up but your spirits have to be high in the first place. The morning is the perfect time to get that positive attitude you need to carry you through.
I hope you have a great morning. As my dad says, “It’s gonna be a great day!” And it will be, if you say that it must be so. Look at the sunrise if you’re going for a run, chat with your barista if you’re getting your caffeine fix, and smile at the passerby. Just be nice and your morning will be nice to you.
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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