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How To Start Your Day In a Good Mood

The way you start your morning can have a major impact on your mood for the rest of the day. If you start your morning off feeling grumpy, angry, or stressed, it can be difficult to shake that feeling and be productive. However, if you start your day with a positive attitude and some simple tips, you can set the tone for a good day.

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1. Get enough sleep

Starting your day in a good mood begins the night before. Make sure you get enough sleep so that you don’t wake up feeling exhausted. Most people need at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night to wake up feeling refreshed. If you’re not well-rested, it can be difficult to think clearly and be productive. There is nothing worse than brain fog when you are trying to get things done!

2. Avoid technology when you first wake up

It can become routine to roll over and immediately look at your cellphone after you wake up. However, this can actually set the tone for a stressful day. Checking email, social media, or your to-do list first thing in the morning can create a lot of pressure and make you feel overwhelmed. Instead, try to avoid technology for the first 30 minutes after you wake up. Spend that time relaxing, reading, or journaling. That email sitting in your inbox can definitely wait a few more minutes.

3. Change your alarm tune

Have you ever been out in public only to hear your alarm sound going off as someone’s ringtone? It’s the worst. Starting off your day with an obnoxious alarm sound is probably not the best way to set yourself up for a good mood. Instead, try to use an alarm tune that you enjoy. When you wake up to a song you like, it can help to put you in a good mood. I recommend using a “slow alarm” to wake up more gradually. A sunrise alarm lamp is also a great option. These options will allow your body to wake up more slowly and naturally.

4. Make your bed right away

Making your bed in the morning can take less than one minute. It’s a simple way to start your day with a sense of accomplishment while also making your bedroom look and feel tidy. When your day comes to an end, you’ll be happy that you took an extra few moments to make your bed in the morning!

5. Do a simple stretch

Stretching is a great way to start your morning off on a positive note. It can help relax you, loosen up your muscles, and prepare you for the day ahead. You don’t need to do anything crazy, just a few basic stretches will do the trick! There are plenty of free stretches available on YouTube if you’re looking for ideas.

6. Drink a large glass of water

Many of us wake up in the morning feeling thirsty and a bit dehydrated. Drinking a large glass of water when you wake up is a simple way to start the day off on a good note. Most of us don’t drink enough water throughout the day as it is. Starting the morning off with a tall glass is the perfect way to hydrate your body, wake you up, and help you feel refreshed.

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7. Meditate

Meditation is the ultimate way to help you focus and clear your mind before the day begins. If you’re not familiar with meditation, there are plenty of guided meditations online that can help you get started. 5-10 minutes of meditation in the morning can help you feel more centered and calm. Practicing gratitude meditation can also help set a positive tone for the day. There’s no need to sit in lotus position or be completely still. Just find a comfortable spot, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing.

8. Make a to-do list

Making a to-do list can help you to stay organized and focused during the day. It’s a good idea to make a list of the tasks you need to complete, as well as the tasks you would like to complete. This will help you stay on track and avoid feeling overwhelmed. You don’t need anything elaborate to do this – just a pen and paper! Personally, I like to write my to-do list for the next day just before falling asleep. This allows me to rest easy, knowing I am not going to forget anything. If you prefer to write your to-do list the night before, try to avoid looking at it first thing in the morning. Give yourself adequate time to wake up and relax before you begin tackling projects.

9. Eat a great breakfast

A nutritious breakfast will give you the energy you need to start your day off on the right foot. Skipping breakfast can leave you feeling tired and sluggish. Choose a breakfast that is high in protein and fiber to help you feel satisfied and energized. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your breakfast.

10. Put on some cheerful music

Music can help to set the mood and get you pumped up for the day ahead. Choose a few upbeat songs that you enjoy and put them on your morning playlist. This will help you to feel happy and positive as you start your day. You may also choose to listen to these songs on your morning commute.

11. Spend time outside

Spending time outdoors can help to improve your mood and increase your energy level. Get some fresh air and sunshine by going for a walk, riding your bike, or taking a yoga class outside. Being in nature can have a calming effect and help to reduce stress. If you have time in the morning, a quick walk around the neighborhood may be all you need.

12. Start your day with a positive affirmation

A positive affirmation is a short statement that you repeat to yourself each morning in order to increase your positive self-talk. Affirmations can help to boost your confidence and remind you of your strengths. Choose a few affirmations that resonate with you and repeat them each morning. We have a whole list of positive affirmations to start your morning off. Here are a few examples:

  • I am capable and I can do anything I set my mind to
  • I am happy and I deserve to be happy
  • I am grateful for all the good in my life
  • I am strong and I can handle whatever comes my way
  • I am a loving and caring person

13. Plan something good for the day.

When you have something to look forward to, it can help you feel more positive and excited about the day ahead. Plan something good for the day – a picnic in the park, a trip to the movies, or a visit to your favorite restaurant. Knowing that you have something to look forward to can help you start your day with a smile.

14. Declutter your space

Decluttering your space can help to reduce stress and create a more positive environment. If your bedroom, office, or living room feels cluttered, take a few minutes to declutter it. This can be a quick and easy way to start your day on the right foot.

15. Journal

Journaling your dreams in the morning can help you better understand your subconscious. It can also be a great way to start your day with a clear head. You don’t need to start a journal specifically for your dreams. There are many types of journals you can create and write in right after you wake up. If you’re not a morning person, try journaling right before bed instead. You may find that you wake up feeling less stressed.

16. Visualize your goals

Visualization can help to motivate you and keep you focused on your goals. When you visualize your goals, you create a clear picture in your mind of what you want to achieve. This can help to increase your odds of success. Take a few minutes each morning to visualize yourself achieving your goals. See yourself accomplishing them in detail and feel the positive emotions that come with it. You can even create a vision board!

17. Write down your blessings

Writing down your blessings can help to increase your happiness and gratitude. When you take the time to appreciate all the good things in your life, it can help you feel happier and more positive. Each morning, take a few minutes to write 3-5 things you are grateful for. This can be anything from your loving family to your comfortable home.

18. Practice self-care and kindness

Being kind to yourself is one of the most important things you can do for your happiness. When you’re kind to yourself, you’re more likely to treat others with kindness as well. Self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. A few simple things, like enjoying your breakfast, taking a long shower, or spending some extra time on your makeup, can be enough to lift your spirits for the day.

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19. Get organized

One of the best ways to start your day in a good mood is to get organized. When your space is neat and tidy, you’ll feel less stressed and more productive. Spend a few minutes each morning cleaning up your bedroom, office, or living room. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel when your space is organized.

20. Exercise

Exercise is a great way to start your day off right. It releases endorphins, which help to improve your mood, and it gets your body moving, which is always a good thing. Choose a few exercises that you enjoy and do them each morning. This could be anything from a quick run to a Pilates class.

21. Spend time with loved ones

Spending time with loved ones is a great way to start your day in a good mood. When you spend time with the people you love, you feel happy and loved. Spend time chatting with your spouse, playing with your kids, or talking on the phone with your best friend. You’ll start your day with feelings of joy.

There are many things you can do to start your day in a good mood. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to a happier and more positive day. So, the next time you wake up, give one of these tips a try! You may just find that starting your day this way becomes a habit.

What is your favorite way to start your day in a good mood?