Ever have one of those days when you REALLY don’t want to get out of bed? It happens to the best of us. Whether you’re planning to go to work, out for a power walk or just running from meeting to meeting, getting in the right mood for a healthy start to your day take a bit of work.
Here are five ways that can help you start your day off right.
Wake 15 Minutes Early
Hitting the snooze button or waiting until the last possible minute to get out of bed can cause unnecessary stress. A few extra minutes of low-quality sleep can actually make you more tired. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier to allow yourself to wake up gently. Stretch your limbs while still laying down. As you rise, you will feel more refreshed and energized.
Leave a few words of encouragement by your bed or on your bathroom mirror. Consider a daily affirmation. I recently started using this one: “Today, I am having the most wonderful, happy and productive day.” I also have a handmade card from my daughter by my bed. It always puts a smile on my face.
Get Your Groove On
Music is a great way to boost your mood and minimize stress. Consider what music makes you feel motivated, calm or energized. Spend at least 5-10 minutes listening to your favorite music. We sometimes rock out in the kitchen while having our breakfast. Create a get-going playlist for your mornings.
Set Your Daily Goals
The morning is a great time to set your priorities. Keep focused on your purpose for the day. Figure out what matters most and what can wait. This will ensure that you complete your top priorities first. Keep an ongoing list somewhere as a reminder. Checking off each accomplishment provides a feel-good moment too!
Pack Great On-the-Go Snacks!
When packing your snacks, choose healthy snacks that are rich in nutrients like whole fruits, nuts, pre packed sandwiches, yogurt and other Healthy snacks. They are a convenient way to get your morning going to fuel your busy, active lifestyle.