I have found that it is very important for me to set my day in a positive way. I had a routine that I was doing for the last five years, which has made such a difference in my life. It involved a time sacrifice and ultimately been worth it, when I think about what I have gained… a sense of peace, optimism and joy!
Here are a few suggestions on how to start your day with positive attitude. All of these may not work for you, but if you can incorporate some of them, they will help you start your day in a less stressful way. In order to get the benefit of these suggestions it is a good idea to wake up 30 minutes earlier than what you normally do. I know, that sounds like a huge sacrifice. Perhaps going to bed 30 minutes earlier will do the trick. Maybe you might want to record that TV program you want to watch or call your girlfriend on Saturday afternoon instead of staying up late to chat. Make a small sacrifice by going to bed early so that you can reap the huge rewards. I start my day in a positive way by going to my prayer room.
Tips To Start Your Day On A Positive Note
1. Lemon Water
The night before you go to bed, set a glass of water with lemon, next to your bed. Put a cloth on top of the glass and let it sit until the next morning. Drinking lemon water at room temperature while you wake up is a wonderful way to get your metabolism going, to wake up your brain and feel invigorated as you get out of bed.
2. Prayer and Meditation
Do focus 10 to 15 minutes every morning set a tone of peace and serenity for the day. Read your favorite scripture or spend time meditating on an affirmation or visualization. The purpose is to allow you to connect with yourself! Find your center. Allow yourself to just be without thinking about all the things you have to do as the day progresses. Take time to connect with God and allow yourself to feel the sense of peace.
It is important to stretch during those first few minutes of the day. Yoga is a wonderful way to warm up. Asanas such as the “Sun Salutation – Surya Namaskar” are a great way to stretch the body, get the blood flowing to your vital organs and give you a sense of well being to start the day. Taking a brisk walk or a quick jog may uplift the mood. Whatever you decide to do, use wisdom. Do stretches (gentle ones) before walking. Listen to your body as you move; it will clue you in if you are pushing too much.
4. Gratitude Journaling
It is helpful to focus on the good things that are going on in your life, rather than all the bad things that are happening. Journaling doesn’t have to take a long time. Start your day with listing three things that you are grateful for… no matter how small. The idea is to get your thought patterns on something positive, something that brings you joy and a sense of well being. Even if your top three things are nail polish, deodorant and your latest CD… write it down! You will be surprised how over the next few days your gratitude journaling has grown and become even more meaningful.
Starting your morning with inspirational and uplifting music really sets the course of your day. Whether you play it softly or turn it up and sing aloud at the top of your lungs, it is an uplifting way to start the day.