(Think Positive Monday: sharing tips and keeping me in line to live a happier and more positive life)
My typical Monday morning is very much like yours. My alarm goes off. I hit snooze about 3 times and then finally pull myself out of bed, mourning the end of the weekend and the start of another monotonous work day. I like to think of myself as a generally positive person, one who doesn’t even hate her job, but those days still come when you want to do nothing more than stay in bed.
Days like today when the wind is howling outside and you actually need an extra blanket on the bed. When facing the outside world seems impossible. Sometimes you just need a little help.
Here are some simple positivity tips to help get your Monday morning off on the right track. These will help pave the way for a more productive and happy day.
5 Ways to Wake Up Positive
1. Take A Moment to Relax
I am always rushed in the morning. I think that repeatedly hitting snooze I’m allowing myself to get as much sleep as possible. But then each morning turns into an Olympic event to get out of the door to make it to work on time.
Instead of sleeping til the last possible moment, wake up and allow yourself 10 minutes to just lie in bed. Don’t look at your phone. Don’t think about what you are going to wear. Don’t think about the stress that is waiting for you at work. Close your eyes and relax. Try to remember your dreams or simply focus on your breathing. These easy ten minutes of mediation allow your mind and boy to wake up and be present in the now.
2. Ask yourself, “How can I make today absolutely awesome?”
The day is new. Fresh slate. Full of possibilities. How will you not disappoint the day? How will you make today better than yesterday? A day to remember. Think about how you intend to make today awesome and stick to your plan.
3. List three things you have to look forward to today
Being grateful for everyday things is one of the easiest paths to take to happiness. As you’re getting ready for the day or during your commute to work, mentally list three specific things that you are happy about today. Not tomorrow. Not yesterday. Today. Learn to focus on the small things and appreciate the every day beauty that surrounds you. Look at your favorite photo framed on your bedside table. Picture your partner’s smile. Enjoy the view on the way to work. You know…take time to smell the roses.
4. Get out of bed with a smile
Last week I shared all the ways a simple smile can improve your day, health, and life. Start the day on the right track! Even if you don’t feel like it, roll out of bed with a smile. There is no “wrong side of the bed”.
5. Listen to your favorite music on your commute to work.
Blast it. Sing along. Be silly.
Are you ready to take on today?