Add these 7 things to your morning routine for a better day

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Learning how to be happy and how to change your life requires a lot of positivity, and this can start by making necessary changes to your morning routine.

This means preparing your mind and body for all that lies ahead! By taking charge of your morning ritual, you hedge your bet by getting into an optimal state of mind and body from the start. And, it’s absolutely life-changing.

Here are 7 simple things to add to your morning routine to change your life for the better so you can be more positive.

Gratitude/Appreciation exercises

The power of positivity is astounding so start the day with gratitude!

Before I engage in the “problem scan”, frantically scanning my mind for the list of all the things I don’t want to do that day, I immediately reach for all that I am grateful for, or appreciative of! This puts me in the right frame of mind to begin to approach the day ahead!

Smile

I always remember to try to have a positive attitude! So, think positive thoughts!

Making the shift to a positive attitude might be the single biggest contributor to an improved life! It may sound corny to you, but your attitude really is everything.

No matter what lies ahead, starting your day with a smile immediately sets you up to make rational decisions, see the world favorably and ensure you feel as though you can be, do, or have anything!

Coldwater

Take a quick cold shower or give your face a cold water splash!

A little cold water helps to get your blood circulating, tightens pores, and soothes your eyes.

Sunlight

Exposing your body to sunshine in the morning is a great way to set your circadian clock effectively.

Sunlight also helps regulate mood and metabolism. It even helps mitigate some of the effects of blue light exposure from the electronics that you will be exposed to throughout the rest of your day.

Movement

Adding in movement helps with getting the body ready for any stressors later in the day.

Whether it’s a mindful walk out in the sunshine, a few sun salutations, stretching, — mindful movement is a perfect way to set a positive tone for the day.

Personally, I go on my rebounder (mini-trampoline) and jump for 5-10 minutes!

Meditation

Meditation is the fastest way to neutralize negative mood states! It also teaches you to quiet your mind down long enough to be able to separate out your voice, from the obsessive critical and fear-based narrating!

Even if you just start by setting a timer for five minutes and little by little work up the stamina to sit longer, that’s plenty to get started! Just sit quietly, count your breathing, and try and allow thoughts to come and go without attaching to them.

Watch them like a cloud or a train passing you by. That’s really all it takes to change your life for the better.

Music

What if you knew that today was going to be the biggest day of your life? How might you approach it differently? If you watch any athlete or follow sports closely enough you know that music is a big part of their preparation strategy!

Using music as a way to cultivate a positive mood is something I have done since high school. The great thing about this is it doesn’t take any extra time! You can put music on while you get ready in the morning. Personally, I prefer to put music on even as I take a shower!

Try a combination of these or come up with your own for at least the next 30-60 days. The key to making this work is to be realistic about what you know you can and will do routinely.

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