Starting the Day Out Right

I’ve always been a morning person, but I’m not always a happy morning person. Some days, I bounce out of bed, chipper and chirpy and eager to master the day ahead, but other days…well, you wouldn’t want to be here.

I don’t like to start my day out grumpy; it takes too much energy to get myself redirected. So when I had a couple of those not-so-happy mornings last week, I decided to give myself a mini-refresher course on starting my day out right.  You can follow along if you’d like. (It’s free and I’ll even throw in some things I don’t personally do, but that might work for you.)

Morning Mayhem Fighters

(for lack of a better title)

– Eliminate the need for any early-a.m. decisions. This requires that you decide a few things before you go to bed.

  • Decide on what you’re going to wear the next day and put it all in a single place. (It’s also a good idea to have a back-up outfit at the ready, just in case.)
  • Decide on what you’ll have for breakfast the next morning and assemble as much of it as possible. (Also good to have a back-up in mind.)
  • Check your calendar for the day to follow.
  • Gather the things you need to take with you and place them near the exit door.

Set the alarm for 15 minutes earlier than you have to get up. But don’t get up yet. Take a few minutes (the entire 15, if you need them) to help your body and mind wake up fully. Or as close as you can get.  Focus on each limb of your body and gently contract and relax your muscles. Visualize the day ahead, imagining yourself completing your various projects and tasks successfully.

Drink a full glass of water. Our bodies are ready for hydration after the long (if we’re lucky) night’s sleep.

Listen to music. While you’re drinking that glass of water, sit for a moment and listen to something soft and soothing. It’s a great time to do nothing, or to let your creative self wake up.

– Read a motivational quote or repeat an uplifting mantra. Positive self-talk sets a good intent and provides focus for our day. (My current favorite mantra, said to the woman in the mirror: You are stronger than you know.)

– Kiss, hug, and/or cuddle your loved ones. Don’t forget the pets. Spending some mushy time with the ones we love reminds us of what’s most important. Not only is it de-stressing for us, but it’s a great start to their day as well.

– Exercise. I’m not an early a.m. exerciser, but for many people, getting in a good thirty minutes of exercise ensures that a) they avoid getting derailed by some event later in the day, and b) they start their day with a healthy endorphin rush.

Doing any or all of these things doesn’t guarantee a great day ahead, but it sure does eliminate some of the obvious obstacles and increases our odds for success in the hours that follow.

So, how’s your day going so far? Feel free to share any of your tried-and-true tips for getting your day started out in a positive way.

14 thoughts on “Starting the Day Out Right

  1. I am an early person too. I hardly ever sleep until my alarm goes off. I enjoy being the only one up in my quiet house. What is guaranteed to start me off on a positive note? I always visit my diet forum first thing. The gals on there make me smile and often make me literally laugh out loud. It cheers me every day. I also try to clean up the kitchen before I got to bed because nothing is worse than coming down to a mess that has to be taken care off. Talk about grumpy!

  2. I love all of your tips to starting the day out right. I definitely love my glass of water when I wake up and exercising in the morning really starts my day off right!

  3. I need to recommit to a soothing morning routine, so this was a great post for me to read today. Thank you! As for how my day is going – heat wave and the A/C is broken at work. Sitting here sweating wondering if I’m burning calories by doing absolutely NOTHING but sweating. 😉

  4. I am a morning person too. I generally get up around 5:00 or so. I am in such a routine of doing that that although I set my alarm I almost always wake up a few minutes before it goes off.

    These are great tips!

  5. I love this list. I am a flybaby ( and it is very helpful to my ADD self. I keep a running list and cross each thing off– I’m that much in need of focus!

  6. First of all, LOVE the new look Cammy!!!

    And thanks for the tips, I do a few of these, but should add the others!!
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  7. Hey Cammy! Your new blog look is fabulous – lookin’ good! Now, I am NOT NOT NOT a morning person AT ALL! And if you must know, I am usually extremely grouchy when I first wake up. I am a night owl, which is why I am leaving this comment at nearly midnight my time. :)

  8. i loved those tips, cammy! i never really gave it any thought, i just kinda get out of bed and do what i gotta do. i love the idea of listening to some music and chillaxin first. thanks!!!

  9. I love mornings! My favorite way to start on a positive note is to wake up 30 minutes before my alarm clock to just sit on the couch with my drink in hand and watch the news in peace and quiet!

  10. I love all of those…I really like your mantra in the morning…you are stronger than you think! I need to print this I think to start my morning out right!

  11. Okay – FIRST – I LOVE your new site – it is gorgeous – and my favorite color is red, so I just sort of swoon when I click over! I always have to decide what to wear the night before. And it usually takes me about 2 minutes to evaluate the weather and what is clean. If I don’t decide the night before – in the morning I am reduced to a mouth breathing idiot who can’t imagine any of the clothes in her closet being put on. And I always wonder why the heck it takes me so long!!! I’m funny that way, I guess.
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