Because I am constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of my life, I have recently begun to think about how starting the day off on the right foot can contribute to general well-being and happiness. With this thought in mind, I think it’s critically important for people to make sure that their day starts off in a productive, positive way. When this happens, it is oftentimes easier to enjoy the rest of the day and accomplish all of the tasks we set out to complete. Here are three things that you can do to make sure you start the day off right:
1. Prepare The Night Before.
There’s nothing I loathe more than waking up and feeling that I am rushed and in a hurry. Although I’ve made the behavioral adjustments to ensure that this rarely happens, it used to be a big problem. There are several factors that can preclude you from being prepared for the day and thus cause anxiety. Some of them include forgetting to set the alarm to wake you up, not doing your homework, forgetting to wash the clothes you planned to wear the following day, or not preparing your lunch the night before. If you want to make sure that your day starts off right and you’re not rushing around before you leave your home, prepare for each morning the night before. Then when you wake up, you can remain in a relaxed state as you get ready for the day.
Although I have occasionally worked out at night, I generally exercise in the morning. This is my preference for several reasons, including the fact that cardiovascular activity wakes me up. Another great benefit of exercising in the morning is that doing it releases a chemical in your brain called serotonin. Often referred to as the “happy hormone,” this hormone induces feelings of calm and happiness, thus increasing the likelihood that you’ll be in a good mood as you leave for work or school.
3. Eat Breakfast.
Making sure that you eat breakfast can have several health benefits, including its ability to aid weight maintenance. Additionally, eating breakfast can help you get your day off to a good start by improving your mood. In discussing how eating breakfast can improve mood, nutritionist Daniel Little notes that “not eating breakfast can lead to a person feeling tired, irritable and restless…” She goes on to note that not eating breakfast can facilitate a decrease in problem solving, concentration, and muscle coordination. Yet eating breakfast can help us avoid all of these negative outcomes and thereby result in elevated moods that prepare us to face the world in a positive, light-hearted way.
If you find that you are not an early bird or simply have not been feeling energetic and happy when you wake up, you should note that there are solutions to your problem. By following the strategies I’ve listed above, I think you’ll start feeling better and enjoying each morning much more. Good luck! :)