Mornings are some of the most important moments in our life. When we start a day with a blissful morning, the entire day will work out great. We'll have more energy, be more productive and motivated, and feel everything is within our control.
On the other hand, if we start our morning feeling lousy, our whole day may seem lousy as well. Our mornings set the tone and pace of our day.
"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great."
~ Zig Ziglar
Yes, start the day great, and the day will be a fruitful one. Here are seven simple things we can do to start the day with a blissful morning.
1. Start the day with a smile!
The first thing to do once we get out of bed each day is to make a big smile. Somehow, we've been given another day, and we should be grateful for it.
Studies have shown that every time when we smile, we produce the feel-good hormone in our brain. This hormone activates our neural connections that will make us happy and at the same time benefit our health. Try it now. Don't you feel a difference?
Regardless of whether we're waking up on the wrong side of the bed, struggling in congested traffic, or feeling stuck in life, choose to smile.
Smiling can make us feel happier, can relieve our stress, and also can improve our health.
There are many benefits of smiling, and that's why it's the first thing we should do once we wake up in the morning.
After all, it's free to smile, and we can do it whenever and wherever we want. So let's just smile more to add bliss to our morning!
2. Make positive declarations.
The next thing we can do to kick-start our morning is to make positive declarations. Declarations can also be called affirmations. We say positive words to ourselves.
Every morning when I look in the mirror in my bathroom, I tell myself, "Today is going to be a great day, and amazing things are waiting for me!"
When doing this, don't do it just for the sake of doing it. We have to feelit to experience its effectiveness. Let's do it like we mean it, and feel the energy flowing into our body.
In fact, most professional athletes use this technique to boost their morale and motivation. We'll see basketball players huddling up and shouting to boost their confidence. The same goes for almost every team sport.
Tiger Woods will pump his fist and shout a loud "Yes!" to stay at his peak state. We can achieve the same result with our own morning declarations as well, improving our mood and making the day go better.
3. Achieve a first small victory.
Achieving a first victory is crucial if we want to have a great start in the morning. The victory can be something small like waking up on time, making the bed, making our own breakfast, or getting to work earlier.
Success breeds more success. When achieving the day's first small victory, celebrate it and feel good about it. Give yourself a pat on the back and feel proud about it.
The key is to create small wins for ourselves so that we can experience the achievement and feel the little success we've accomplished. We need to structure life so that a few small achievements are possible each day. Doing what's needed to get those wins lets us experience the great feelings they bring. We want to make ourselves feel great so that we can boost our confidence level and start our day in a better mood.
It doesn't matter what kind of victories we have; all that matters is that we acknowledge what we've accomplished. Even a small achievement such as making the bed should be celebrated. Together, those small victories will create a great day!
4. Wake our body up.
Most of us feel groggy every time we wake up in the morning. Well, all we need to do is wake our body up.
For example, once we get up, we can drink some water. Research shows that average people need about eight glasses of water each day, so we should drink at least one glass upon waking up.
Our body will dehydrate somewhat at night because we don't take in any water when we sleep. Hence, we need to drink plenty of water to activate our body functions once we wake up.
Besides drinking water, we can do some exercise and stretches. Move our muscles and joints to tell the body that we have awakened.
Don't check updates on social media or check email the first thing in the morning. Instead, try to get outside if possible and breathe the fresh morning air. Let the morning breeze invigorate us. Get some morning sunshine!
If we do this, we'll feel fully awake, have a blissful morning, and able to start our day full of energy.
5. Express gratitude.
Another interesting thing that can bring about a blissful morning is to express our gratitude. When we appreciate what we have, we'll feel better because we'll find that we have more than we thought.
The moment we read this article about global poverty, we'll see we're much wealthier than most people in the world. Nearly one billion people are uneducated and can't read a book!
Therefore, let's be grateful and appreciate what we have right now. Here's what we can do. Each morning, write down a list of 10 things that we're grateful for.
Write down whatever comes to mind. For instance, we can be grateful for our cat, our car, our spouse, our laptop, our house, our job, our friends, our parents, our children, or the fact that we're still alive.
As we write down things that we appreciate, enjoy the feelings. Feel good about them.
When we're thankful for what we have, we open ourselves up for more abundance and opportunities. Don't think about people and things we dislike. We don't need more of those. Conversely, when we feel grateful for the things we have, we'll have more of them. When we're grateful for the money we have, we'll get more of it. When a husband appreciates and loves his wife, she will return the favor.
This is just how the universe works. So appreciate what we have from now on. Write a gratitude list and feel the abundance flowing to us each blissful morning.
6. Revisit our dreams.
Why do we wake up every morning? Do we have something to look forward to in life? Our dreams are what motivate and drive us each day, so let's revisit our dreams every morning.
One of the biggest differences between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people often think about their dreams. They talk about what they want to achieve, and they're always on the move to reach for their dreams.
On the other hand, unsuccessful people think about their dreams only once in a while. Most of the time they'll spend their time thinking about what movie to watch, what to eat for dinner, which game to play, or what to do over the weekend.
It's the thoughts we have that determine our future. Successful people think about their dreams, and they feel motivated to act.
That's why we should review and revisit our dreams every morning. It motivates us and gets us pumped up.
Before we get to work each day, imagine we have achieved all our goals and are living our dreams. How will that make us feel? Ecstatic and driven!
This is the kind of energy and motivation we want in order to have a blissful morning and a great start to the day. So practice visualization, and review our dreams and goals every morning.
7. Never start on an empty stomach.
To have a great start in the morning, never skip breakfast. The word breakfastsuggests we breakthe fastwe were in overnight.
Eat something healthy to kick-start the day. We've slept many hours overnight, so morning is the best time to fill the stomach with nutritious and healthy foods.
Breakfast activates our metabolism, gives us energy, and lets us focus better at work. If we try to go through the day without breakfast, we'll feel hungry, unable to focus, and sometimes even dizzy.
We have everything to gain and nothing to lose when we eat breakfast in the morning. Have a tight schedule? Try to get up earlier or grab something on the go.
But whatever we do, never go through the day without breakfast. That would be like driving a car on an empty tank. We won't get far. We won't be able to concentrate and won't have the energy to produce quality work.
Smiling, achieving a small victory, being positive and thankful, dreaming, waking up the body, and eating a good breakfast; these are the seven simple things that we can do to have a blissful morning!
Via SelfDevelopShop re-posted with permission