If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up — J.M. Power
Let’s be honest here, we all want to wake up and feel positive and motivated. How you wake up in the morning tends to set the tone for the rest of the day …. You know how it goes, you wake up grumpy, end up stubbing your toe on some obscure hard to reach bed leg, and your day just gets more chaotic and stressful as it goes on….. But, there are ways around this, and it really is up to you, on how you set the tone for the day, and what you do to start off your day, feeling motivated.
We all deal with a lack of motivation at times, but the trick is to make sure that those times don’t last and become your way of life. Equip yourself with the tools to combat the problem and ensure that you wake up motivated and energized more often.
There is no secret formula for success. It is all about what fits you best. There are many incredibly successful people in the world but they don’t all necessarily have the same morning routine but they do all have some morning routine, or structure to wake up and win their day.
So here, I am going to arm you with 7 tips to wake up feeling positive and motivated …
# 1 – Sleep
First off, you must have a good nights sleep. There is absolutely no point going to bed really late at night and then expecting to feel fresh as a daisy early in the morning. Is doesn’t work like that, us as adults, need between 7 and 9 hours sleep each night. Get into a routine of going to bed at a certain time, and going to sleep, no scrolling on social media before you drop off, as that blue light stimulates the brain and then you will either struggle to go to sleep or have a restless sleep.
Whilst we are on the topic of sleep, make sure where you sleep, your bedroom, is clutter free. We all know how much clutter can mess with your mind. A study conducted by Princeton University Neuroscience researchers found that a cluttered home environment impedes your ability to focus. When we have a hard time focusing, our mental faculties get worn down and causing frustration and stress.
# 2 – Alarm
If you use an alarm to wake up (which to be honest I certainly do still need, I long for the day I can just wake up early naturally, lol) why not set the alarm to a feel good tune, maybe one that starts off quietly and then crescendo’s. Avoid hitting snooze. When you’re warm and cozy in bed and your alarm goes off, your first instinct is to hit snooze. When you snooze your alarm and drift back to sleep, you’re resetting your sleep cycle. The next time your alarm sounds, you’ll be groggier because you’re interrupting a new sleep cycle. This is called “sleep inertia.” Get into the habit of waking up the first time your alarm sounds. You’ll be more alert and motivated to get going with your day.
# 3 – Exercise
Exercise is a great start to your day. There’s nothing like a good dopamine burst to get us going for the day. A workout or run, can help oxygen flow more freely throughout the body and give you a much-needed boost of energy to get you through the day. It also increases your overall stamina, which can help you stay energized for longer. Exercise increases your overall health and sense of well-being. It also has some direct stress busting benefits as it helps bump up the production of your brains feel good neurotransmitters/endorphins. It doesn’t have to be long, just a quick 20 – 30 minutes will be enough to get you going.
# 4 – Social Media
Try avoid picking up your phone first thing in the morning. Do not go onto social media and start the scroll. Give yourself time for you. Try make it a rule that you don’t look at social media until at least breakfast time.
# 5 – Gratitude
Give gratitude – It is a well-known fact that showing gratitude has enormous benefits for our physical and mental health. Gratitude reduces a multitude of toxic emotions, ranging from envy and resentment to frustration and regret. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life. Have a gratitude journal, and each morning before you start off your tasks for the day, spend a moment writing down the things you are grateful for.
# 6 – Personal Development
A personal development plan not only helps you to improve on your weaknesses, but it can also help you to develop your strengths. Personal development also improves your confidence – the more you keep on developing in the areas of your life you are not confident in, the more you can boost your confidence. Self development can be done in a number of ways, you could either read an inspiring book, maybe listen to Podcasts, You tube has a lot of great videos on personal development, law of attraction.
# 7 – Meditation
Meditation is the habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. It is an excellent way to reduce stress and develop concentration. It also helps create a positive mood and outlook on life, and good for self-discipline. I read somewhere that meditation is like weight lifting for the brain, it helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention.
Your new start
How you spend the morning will influence the rest of your day, gets you on track from the moment you wake up and puts you in the right frame of mind. You spend every moment of your time on something valuable and productive from the moment you wake up. You’ll find that you’re able to focus and are more likely to finish tasks.
If you have not yet come across Hal Elrod, and his book “The Miracle Morning”, then I highly recommend it. The Miracle Morning shows how a morning routine built around 6 key practices known as “Life S.A.V.E.R.S” – silence, affirmations, visualisation, exercise, reading, scribing can totally transform your life, as it has done for tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more ENERGY, MOTIVATION, and FOCUS.
If you already have a morning routine, and have different ideas you would like to share, I would love to hear about them. Put them in the comments below, it gives others more ideas to play around with. Let me know how you get on with your new morning routine
“Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life.” – Hal Elrod