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Four Reasons You Wake Up with a Bad Attitude

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What are the first thoughts and feelings you have upon waking?

God, I don’t wanna get up.
I hate my life.

You get up, trudge into the bathroom and look in the mirror.

Ugh, I look awful. 

You’re putting together coffee and someone says good morning.

Grunt. I hate morning people.

What gives?

Here are four reasons that might be causing your bad attitude in the morning.

1. Morning Depression

You could have morning depression, which may be caused by disturbed circadian rhythms that affect your hormones. Read more at Healthline.

2. You’re Not Sleeping Enough

Perhaps too obvious but if you’re not sleeping enough, your body will not function optimally, which includes your brain and moods. Tired = grumpy? Yeah.

3. Low Magnesium

Check with your doctor – you may need to supplement magnesium, which is an essential mineral that stress tends to deplete. Magnesium is critical in too many bodily functions to mention.

4. Lacking Gratitude

The psychological missing link may be gratitude. For many of us, gratitude doesn’t come naturally, so it must be practiced. Practicing gratitude has profound effects on well-being.

Four Reasons You Wake Up with a Bad Attitude

Mike Bundrant

Mike Bundrant is the author of Your Achilles Eel: Discover and Overcome the Hidden Cause of Negative Emotions, Bad Decisions and Self-Sabotage and co-founder at The iNLP Center which offers online certification in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and life coaching.

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Bundrant, M. (2018). Four Reasons You Wake Up with a Bad Attitude. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2020, from


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