How to Put Positivity into Your Morning Routine
What’s your morning routine? Most people have a routine they follow every morning, and whether it’s eating breakfast, drinking coffee, taking a shower, brushing their teeth, etc., they usually follow it pretty mechanically.
So, why not bring more positivity into your morning routine?
Starting the day off with positive thinking, a healthy frame of reference, or a little inspiration can make a big difference in keeping you focused on what makes you feel good, being more productive, and having an overall more positive day.
I asked friends and family over this holiday weekend how they put positivity into their day and start things off on the right foot. These are some of the ideas and suggestions they had.
Give yourself ample time
Have you ever been in a hurry to get out the door, when all of a sudden you spill something on your clothes or realize you forget an important task and document?
When we’re rushing around and in a hurry it leads to stress. By waking up a little earlier we give ourselves more time to get everything done and deal with unexpected setbacks. We may even have a chance to relax.
Pray or meditate
Every morning when we start our day off with some spiritual activity, it offers a wonderful way to bring greater clarity and peace of mind.
Spiritual practice can help guide us through the day and can give us strength, build compassion, and enhance our ability to show love and kindness. Whether you read the bible, pray, or mediate, it offers you a chance to start the day off with a focus on your divine nature.
Read positive content
Similar to spiritual practice is instilling some form of positive message into our thinking. Simply take 10 minutes in the morning to read positive ideas and information.
It can be a spiritual text such as the Bible, or the Bhagavad Gita, or it can be any form of inspirational reading that you connect with. Find some sort of affirmation, passage, or verse that helps you get your day started right. I recommend the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi to use as a daily passage.
Go for a walk, experience nature, and be active
Spend some time outside or get active right from the start. Watch the sunrise or simply do what you can to be in the present moment.
This will probably mean waking up earlier than normal and giving yourself ample time, though it can be well worth it to have time to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. Being active and getting some fresh air will increase your energy and boost your mood.
Write a gratitude journal
A gratitude journal is wonderful way to start your day with a positive focus. By focusing on what we appreciate and the good things we have in life it increases our level of satisfaction.
When you wake up in the morning, take a few minutes and make a list of the things you are thankful for and the blessings you expect to receive. This will help you be more optimistic and notice opportunities when they arise.
It’s very difficult to change thinking habits, and we all need reminders to be positive and help keep our focus on the good things we have and what we value.
The more we do this the more moments of positivity we will have. Find something you can associate with or to use as a reminder. Maybe when you brush your teeth you read affirmation, before you eat you pray, or whenever you use the bathroom you recite an inspiring passage.
Regardless of how it’s done consider what you can do to make your morning more positive.
By making positive thinking a part of your daily routine, it will change your focus and you will begin to see the impact it has on your life.
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Wilner, J. (2011). How to Put Positivity into Your Morning Routine. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 4, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/positive-psychology/2011/07/how-to-put-positivity-into-your-morning-routine/