There's a reason why so many people are singing the praises of a morning routine nowadays. The more successful your morning routine, the more successful your day will be.
Going along with that theme, we are about to unleash five simple steps to a happier morning. This is for the folks who struggle to get up in the morning because they simply want to sleep longer, for the people who dread going to work and for the people who are simply looking for some morning motivation.
Reminder, a happy and successful morning could lead to your mood being good for the entire day (that's where the happy part comes into the picture) and it could also lead to you conquering your goals because you are creating good habits (that's where the successful portion of the equation comes into play).
Let's get to those five simple steps, shall we?
5 Simple Steps To A Happier Morning
- Listen To Music The Moment You Get Up
- Have Your Goals All Over The House -- Literally
- Wake Up When You Need To Get Up And Stick To A Schedule
- Any Form Of Exercise
- Practice The Underrated Habit That Is Reflecting And Being Thankful
Listen To Music The Moment You Get Up
This is a very easy step for the simple fact that you probably wake up to some form of music every day, and if you don't, then now might be the time to do so. Music holds so much power because it holds so much meaning. A single song could remind you of the best of times with the best of people.
The key, of course, is to listen to music that inspires you or puts you in a happy mindset. If you are just going to listen to music that makes you sad or has a negative vibe in general, then you might as well skip this step altogether. After all, the point of these morning steps is to make you happy and positive so you can conquer the day and everything it throws your way.
Listen to music in your bedroom, in the shower, while you are cooking breakfast, on your commute to work, at the gym, everywhere. The power of music cannot go unnoticed, and this power alone could help you swallow a dose of happiness the moment you wake up.
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." - Plato
Have Your Goals All Over The House -- Literally
Are you one of those people who makes goals at the beginning of the year and then doesn't look at them again until the end of the year, or are you one of those people who is constantly looking at his/her goals? If you have trouble staying motivated and aren't very goal-oriented, then change that now. Literally. Right now.
Living a goal-oriented life is the only way you are going to get what you want. It's the only way you are going to make your goals and dreams come true. Therefore, you have to constantly be looking at your goals throughout the year. Heck, every day. That's why you should have your goals all over the house. You can achieve that mini-feat by printing out multiple copies of your goals and posting them throughout your place.
One might be wondering how this relates to the morning. Good question, and here comes the answer: Post copies of your goals in places you venture to in the morning. For example, on the mirror in your bathroom, on the fridge, etc.
There is nothing more motivating than making goals, looking at said goals and then achieving them. Force your goals into your life by literally forcing them into your life -- place them all over the house. Not only will this put you in a good mood in the morning, but it should also motivate you.
Wake Up When You Need To Get Up And Stick To A Schedule
Can you take a guess why people are so stressed and unhappy in the morning? Well, there are a lot of reasons, and some are unavoidable, but one of the reasons is this: So many people hit the snooze button, which leads to them getting up late, feeling rushed and getting behind on their schedule.
The fix? Wake up when you need to get up and stick to your schedule. Once again, wake up when you need to get up and stick to your schedule! Yes, it's easier said than done. After all, a bed is always most comfortable in the morning, right?
How important are your goals, though? How important is sticking to a schedule to you? If you want to achieve all of your goals and dreams, then you can't afford to squander your time. You see, there are only 24 hours in a day, no matter who you are. That is all we get. If you waste precious time in the morning by hitting the snooze button over and over again, then don't be surprised when you don't achieve your goals.
Wake up when you need to get up. Stick to your schedule. Those two things alone, especially the second one, will lead to you conquering your day, knocking out your top priorities and not feeling overwhelmed/stressed. This process, of course, begins in the morning.
Any Form Of Exercise
You want to live out happy mornings? Incorporate some form of exercise. Yes, for the purposes of this article, meditation counts as exercising (you are exercising the mind, right?).
Everyone's routine is different. You might be a runner, a weight lifter, a yoga guru -- you name it. Exercising in the morning creates good habits. You are waking up early, you are probably eating a breakfast and you are getting your workout out of the way first thing in the morning.
Being happy with yourself and your body is crucial to living out happy days. Self-confidence is essential in life, making this simple step a must when it comes to living out happier mornings.
Practice The Underrated Habit That Is Reflecting And Being Thankful
New Year's Eve is one of the most magical days of the year. It's a day that is filled with reflection, being thankful and a whole lot of love. There is no other day quite like it. While you can't recreate that day every day -- that's just not how the mind works -- you can take small steps in that direction, which is where reflecting and being thankful comes into play.
Count your blessings every morning. Brainstorm what you are thankful for. That practice alone will help to eliminate people taking things for granted, such as loved ones, a job, material goods, etc.
On top of that, reflect. What can you do better? What are you doing right? Some people only reflect once per year (on New Year's Eve, of course, or at least around that time) and then they wonder how they got into their current situation. It's because of a number of different reasons, but it's also because you just went through the motions and you didn't add reflection to your life.
Reflecting and then being thankful is how you grow as a person and how you also learn how to stop taking things for granted, and doing both are great morning habits. They could also get you in the right mindset, a mindset that is filled with positive and happy thoughts.
"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." - Oprah Winfrey
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