Are you more of a “night owl” than a “morning person”? Want to put a spring in your step and get the most out of your daytime hours? Here are five ways to change your perspective about getting out of bed in the morning:
- Make one hour all about you. Keep in mind that in order for something to become a habit, you’ll need to do it for thirty days. Start out by setting your alarm clock one hour earlier than you usually get up and use that time to do something nice for yourself. Read a book, write in your journal or create a recipe for your family to try using ingredients you have in your kitchen. You’ll learn to look forward to and cherish the time you’ve set aside for yourself each morning.
- Get a good workout in. Getting your heart rate up early in the day helps jump start your metabolism. Regular exercise prevents deadly disease and boosts your mood naturally. If you want to start the day off on the right foot so to speak, take a brisk walk around the neighborhood and see how motivated you feel afterwards.
- Create a morning ritual that fuels the soul. Don’t ever fall into the trap of “I don’t have anything to do.” Create a ritual that you can get lost in. This can be brewing a pot of coffee and reading the newspaper before going to work, writing a to-do list in colored pens to keep you organized and on task or doing some research online before tackling a big project. It’s amazing how a few minutes in the morning can determine the course of your day.
- Use affirmations to get the day started. Affirmations are short, powerful statements that help motivate you. They affirm the positive thoughts produced by your subconscious mind. Affirmations are tools used by some of the most successful people in the world. If you want to make your morning amazing, start out with an affirmation like, “I can do anything I set my mind to,” and see what transpires.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Your body needs good, healthful food for energy. Don’t skip breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true if you started your morning out by exercising. You’ll need to replace the calories you burned. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, and whole grains for nutrient-rich, low calorie meal options. You can find plenty of inspiration through recipe websites and www.bakingforhealth.com.
There are plenty of reasons to be happy about with each passing day. Even if you’re reluctant to change, do so anyway. Small adjustments to your schedule often lead to bigger and better things. Before you know it, you’ll be bounding from bed with newfound energy.