I can safely say that I am a morning person. I love to wake up early to get most of my work done before half the world is even awake. Knowing that all the work I had for the day is done before 11 a.m. Leaving me hours and hours to get personal errands ticked off my long to-do-list or extra credit tasks for sixth form to help boost my final grade. But… I know it is very difficult to wake up with a positive outlook on the day, especially when you’re tucked up in a bundle of blankets and duvets, hoping your alarm doesn’t read 7 a.m. So, here are a few of my personal tips to get up and out of bed with an optimistic view of the day.
This is a huge one for me, because when you lye in bed thinking about everything you are grateful for, even the smallest things like the sunrise that morning, it creates this realisation that you’re actually a very lucky person with a great life. Even though something may have gone wrong the day before or a few days before, it doesn’t define you and it will be forgotten about before you even know it. And, the gratitude almost makes you think how can I fix that problem and carry on my days without the burden? I tried gratitude recently and it made a huge difference to my day, it opened my closed mind on the situation I was experiencing. I changed my attitude towards it and didn’t dwell in sadness, that unhappiness was a choice. Here’s a few examples of some gratitudes I recite:
- My family and friends
- My education, so I can get my dream job
- Negative people who have walked in and out of my life, they’ve only made me stronger
- I am healthy
- I have clean water to drink, shelter and warmth
- A new day to reset and start again
Did you also know that doing gratitude can make you at least 25% happier than you were before you started thinking about everything you’re grateful for. It heals and eliminates stress and lastly, improves self-esteem and relationships!
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.– Brian Tracy
2. Motivational Videos
As soon as I get up out of bed and switch off my alarm, I pop in my headphones and play a motivational video on youtube. It really wakes you up when you have people screaming in your ear to get your life together! It makes me look at individuals lives and what they can achieve and I think, why can’t I do that? If they can, I can. I know it’s a little corny but it truly works and motivates you throughout your day. Most of the people speaking have gone through so much and it is so inspiring to see how they have picked themselves up and created their ideal life. I’ll list some YouTube accounts that I watch:
- Law Of Attraction Coaching
- Be Inspired
3. Plan Out Your Day
I know some people like to plan their day out the night before but part of my routine is to sit down with laptop and plan out all the tasks I have to do for the next 12 hours. Also, a reason I do this in the morning is because I see what mood I am in when I wake up. I might have had a sleepless night, so I don’t plan hours of work that I won’t be able to complete to my best effort, when I can barely keep my head up. I chose those days to do personal tasks, like cleaning or work that I can sit down with my laptop and watch some background programmes. Planning your day helps give a structure to how long or how much time you should spend on jobs, and you can also see if you can get all the pieces of work you have piled up ticked off before the end of the day. I’ve done this for a while now and I can see that if I don’t plan my day, I get very stressed and panicked about everything I have to do. Finding out you have work due tomorrow but not enough hours left in that day to do it, is a gut wrenching feeling and it happened to me way too much. I personally use google calendar, it gives you notifications when to move onto the next task and you can also categorise each part of your day in different colours, for example studying, personal, friends and family. It motivates you and probably scares you when you see the work you have planned out for the day!
Smile! I’m not gonna lie to you I feel like a bit of an idiot when I do this on my own but it is proven to work and release happy hormones in you. The act of smiling and moving you facial muscles is connected to happy feelings in your brain, it is almost impossible to be sad when you’re smiling. Try it. The point of it is if you condition yourself to be optimistic and content, the easier it will be to maintain that. If you spend your time in a negative mood constantly, the more you’ll condition yourself to be pessimistic and that won’t change until you change it. Smile when you wake up. You won’t see results straight away but overtime it will be easier and natural to wake up with a grin on your face.
5. Put Your Phone Across the Room at Night
This habit really drags you out of bed, no one wants to listen to that horrible iPhone alarm. Moving your body first thing to grab your phone gets your circulation going, it’ll be easier to get your morning routine started rather than debating to untangle yourself from your cosy blankets. Also, once you’re out of bed you don’t want to get back into it, knowing you won’t be able to get up again. It is proven that your attitude to the rest of the day is set within the first 8 minutes, when you’re up straight away and getting on with everything, it will motivate you to carry on for the whole twenty-four-hours. Go into the bathroom and splash yourself with cold water and your day has begun!
6. Make Bed
Making your bed in the morning sets the tone of the rest of the day. That small task is still a task and ticked off your to-do-list, it will subtly motivate you to complete more. It will ease you into more heavier jobs and make them more tolerable. If you’re like me and work in your bedroom occasionally, it is easier to do your work in an organised environment, it reduces stress levels. A massive advantage of doing this is it doesn’t make me want to crawl back into my bed, which I am definitely guilty of when I haven’t made it. And lastly, it helps me upkeep a tidy room naturally, what’s the point in having a perfect bed with dirty clothes on the floor? It becomes a habit to maintain a clean bedroom!
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another– Naval Admiral William McRaven
7. Stay clear of social media
I have recently deleted snapchat, which I got a few frowns about when I told my friends. I am a teenager and that is how everyone communicates, I hate it. I was constantly checking the app and aimlessly chatting away to people, however, recently I have pulled myself out of the cycle. And what have I accomplished? I have started this blog, I am studying harder than I ever have before, I have got rid of negative people in my life, I have been offered some amazing opportunities and I am so much more happier than I ever was! I know that’s ridiculous to say that deleting snapchat was the reason for all that but I can safely say it helped massively. Every time I looked at social media I became slumped and demotivated, you see people going out and having fun or in a happy relationship with someone and it makes you feel a bit low. It is really hard after that to pull yourself out of your sorrow and you end up staying where you are, staring at your phone, wishing you were someone else. Think about how many hours you spend on your phone, when you could be doing something great and you could be that someone you wished to be!
Social media is training us to compare our lives, instead of appreciating everything we are. No wonder why everyone is always depressed.– Bill Murray
These are just a few things that starts my day off motivated and raring to go. I hope you learnt something and maybe the next morning you will try out some of these. Thank you so much for reading, I’ll see you guys later!