For many of us, the way we start our day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Think about it, when you start the day on a negative note (for example if you stub your toe, oversleep or have an argument with your partner) how often does the rest of the day seem to get progressively worse? Chances are it’s most of the time.
In contrast to this, starting the morning on a positive note can put you in a great frame of mind for the rest of the day. Try waking up an hour earlier to fit in the following activities (don’t forget to get to bed earlier to compensate).
Enjoy silence (for five minutes)
Taking just five minutes to be quiet has a calming effect on the body and mind. This reduces stress levels and gives you a sense of clarity. Don’t stay in bed for this as you risk falling back to sleep, instead get up and sit in a chair and focus on your breathing.
Say some affirmations (for five minutes)
The way we speak to ourselves has a direct effect on confidence, happiness and even relationships. Repeating a selection of positive affirmations helps you break free from insecurities. Focus on what you want to accomplish and repeat daily to make an impression on your subconscious mind.
Visualise your future (for five minutes)
Visualisation is a powerful tool that can help you overcome old habits. You can choose how specific you want to be – you could visualise how you want your meeting to go later today, or you could simply visualise how you want your life to look one day.
Exercise (for 20 minutes)
Getting active improves your self confidence and boosts energy. It also improves your ability to concentrate, so it makes sense to get it out of the way before your working day. You’ll also start the day with an accomplishment, making you feel more positive about the day ahead.
Read (for 20 minutes)
Self-help books or other inspirational books can be hugely helpful. If you’re reading one at the moment, dedicate 20 minutes of your morning routine to reading. Highlight passages that speak to you as you go, so you can easily go back and re-read when necessary.
Write (for five minutes)
Writing your thoughts down on paper can offer you valuable insights. Take five minutes in the morning to write down any ideas, breakthroughs or any areas or personal growth you want to focus on.