We all have those mornings when grogginess and yawns are never-ending. Well people, wake up and smell the coffee — life really is not so bad. I tell myself to start every day with a smile, because it’s another day I’m granted to live.
It’s important to appreciate the mornings when time slaps you in the face — make that day today. For the motivation to carry on, check out the 10 things of which you should remind yourself each morning:
1. There is no better day than today.
Have you been waiting to tell someone something or do something yourself? Maybe you’ve been holding back from making a move, asking for a pay raise or pushing off that New Years resolution to diet? Stop. Today is a great day to do what you've been waiting to do. You just need a kick in the butt to get started — kick it yourself.
2. Tell yourself "Wow, I look good" before leaving the house.
But don't be conceited about it. If you bum around every day, you'll soon feel like a real bum. Wear those new heels or that new button-down. If you wear something that makes you feel great and confident, you’re likely to have a better day than if you only wear sweatpants. Confidence is key and people around you will respond to your positive vibes.
3. Don't check social media until lunchtime.
Social media tends to be a source of many problems for people. Have you ever had a day when you do not check your phone and you’re left feeling so refreshed? Every morning should be like that. Start your day with the newspaper (yes, the real paper one, not the online version), a coffee, some breakfast and friendly small talk — you’ll just be happier, trust me.
4. Keep your mind open.
Don't stress over the little things. Don't stress about the spit your roommate left in the sink after brushing her teeth. Don't stress over the 10 voicemails your mom sent you this morning. Most of all, don't stress about the number of Oreos you ate last night. Wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and stay collected.
5. Avoid your enemies.
You have no room in your schedule for negative energy today — or any day. So, wherever you are, stray to the other side of the sidewalk when you pass your enemies. If seeing them for a split second could change your mood, simply turn the other cheek.
6. Eat breakfast and love every damn minute of it.
I get mixed responses as to why some of my friends do not eat breakfast: "I had no time." "I don't like breakfast food." "I forgot." You forgot? Food is awesome — how can you forget? Whether it’s a granola bar, three eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes or fruit, eat breakfast. You will have more energy and your brain will work better than it would with no food.
7. Smile at everyone with whom you may come in contact.
A smile can go a long way. If you see a stranger, smile at him or her — it may be the only smile the person sees that day. When I smile at people, it makes me feel happy, regardless of whether or not I get a smile in return.
8. Yesterday is in the past and today is a new day.
So yesterday you f*cked up at work or you yelled at your best friend or significant other and had a fight. Whatever the case may be, forget about it. Move on. Don't ever dwell on your mistakes. You're only human and sh*t happens. Start fresh today!
9. You are woman (or man), let's hear you roar.
Be the best YOU that you can be today. Work extra hard, sing extra loudly to your favorite song and laugh as much as you can. Workout longer than usual and eat your favorite fast food for dinner as a reward. Each day can be a great day — it's all in your hands.
Whether you want to listen to "Just Breathe" by Anna Nalick or "Breathe" by Michelle Branch, just breathe; in through your nose and out through your mouth. When you first get up in the morning, don't jump up, don't grab your cell phone and don't turn on the light. Sit up and breathe. Lay your hands in your lap and close your eyes. You need to get oxygen flowing to your brain so that you can function. As you breathe, remind yourself that today is a great day to be alive.
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