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How to Start Your Day Off on the Right Foot

There are many daily habits that can help you improve your mindset and work on
positive thinking, but it really starts in the morning, right when you wake up. Your
morning routine is crucial because it sets the tone for the entire day. If you can start
your day in a gentle, positive way, that will carry with you throughout the rest of the day.

Give Yourself Extra Time in the Morning to Wake Up

The best thing you can do for yourself to start your day right is to wake up a little earlier.
This might not be what you want to hear, but if every morning is rushed and stressed,
you’re going to have a much harder time maintaining a positive mindset.

Instead of constantly running around in the morning, trying to get everything done, and
run out the door, give yourself a little cushion of time. You need that extra time to wake
up gently and more relaxed, where you know in your mind that you have extra time to
get ready.

Not only to get ready for your day, but to go through a few quick morning routine habits
like meditation, visualizing, yoga, or breathing exercises. You have time to make coffee
or tea and sit while journaling, or a few extra minutes to just sit up in bed as you adjust
to being awake.

Make Your Morning as Stress-Free as Possible

You have already taken the first step to having a stress-free morning by setting your
alarm earlier so that you don’t wake up in a rushed panic. The next thing you need to do
is be careful what you expose yourself to in the morning.

If the first thing you do is check your phone to read email and browse social media, it is
most likely going to trigger some type of stress or anxious response. Even if you think
just checking Instagram or Twitter is innocent and fun, you are bound to see something
you don’t like.

To avoid this, try not to check your phone in the morning at all. If you need your phone
for the alarm and time, just turn off notifications until you have gone through your
morning routine.

Choose 3 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Morning Routine

While it is great to add healthy habits to your morning routine, adding too many at once
can have the opposite effect for your mindset. Instead of feeling positive and hopeful for
the day, you can feel stressed and overwhelmed.

To avoid this, pick just 3 healthy habits to add to your morning routine. Think about the
habits that would help you the most, whether that is reading, journaling, going for a
walk, making your bed, drinking a smoothie, yoga, meditation. There are so many to
choose from.

These 3 habits are the must-dos every morning. Then on the mornings when you have
a little more energy or more time, you can add some other healthy habits as well.

Start Your Day With a Brain Dump

An easy habit to add to your morning that really helps you get your day started in a
positive way is to do a brain dump. This is a style of journaling also called stream of
consciousness, where all you do is write down what you’re thinking about.

You will write thoughts down as they come, jumping from idea to goal to thought or
worry, just as they do in your mind. Just keep writing until you feel you have gotten
through whatever was on your mind the most. Some mornings, it might be 1 page.
Other mornings, you write 3 or more pages and could keep going if you had the time.

The brain dump helps you to release all of those thoughts and worries, so that they
don’t follow you around all day. It is a healthy way to purge and start fresh in the
morning.

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