Please note that this article is not intended to nor do we state that it will replace or remedy any underlying mental diseases. For those who have underlying mental health problems, please consult your health professional.
The Morning Routine
It's October and you know what that means, candy, well, not exactly, it's national positive attitude month. This means that we are here to make you just a little happier. We believe that everyone should start out with a positive day. We'll show you some life hacks to get you started.
To start out, let's begin with a quick win. When you need a little confidence boost, before you go into that important event, do the Wonder Woman Power Pose. Shoulders back, elbows facing the sides with your hands on your hips. Of course, with your feet firmly planted on the ground. The science behind it is simple, posture, and the fact that it takes up more space around you.
Posture is a given. Who wants to listen to a slouch? You want to give the right impressions to the right people. Plus, it stretches your muscles ever so slightly. Taking up more space around you is an evolutionary thing. Animals do the same thing. For instance, the Northern white-faced owl has a puff form, which takes up space, and geese open up their wings when trying to intimidate or scare off their enemies.
Just wanted to note that you don't have to follow this morning routine, but, you should have one. A great resource written by Tim Ferris is the Tools of Titans. It has many examples of morning routines to consider. Depending on your lifestyle, some might not be as practical, but it is mostly attainable.
Wake Up Early
Sleep is important for recovering from the previous day. However, waking up is the best way to get the day started. That means getting up early. Well depending on what you call a day, you don't have to wake up "early", but it will help in any regard. If you wake up later, what is left of the day will be reactive rather than proactive. That means that you'll feel like the day started and ended like you haven't accomplished anything. The act of getting up early is your choice and that means a willingness to get things done sooner than later.
The 3 Second Rule
If you're someone who can't get out of your warm cozy blanket, this is for you. Count backwards from 3 and right before you count down to zero, you get right up. Don't think about it, just do it. While Mel Robbins consolidated the process, but it isn't necessarily a new concept. For example, in any basic training, be it the army or marines, there's no such thing as sleeping in.
Make Your Bed
Then, make your bed. While it might seem a little tedious, it is the first thing that you have accomplished for the day, and it will compound! But, the thing is, make your bed with the intent that you want to make it.
You've probably heard the phrase, "If you want something done right do it yourself." Well, if you want to make your bed, you'll do it right or not at all. Another example is the coin bounce. It's a test to see how much effort you put into making your bed. But, the point isn't for the coin to bounce, it's so that you put some effort into it. Without that, it doesn't mean much.
After making your bed, meditate. It is a great way to get yourself mentally prepared for the day. Plus, with consistent and mindful practice, it may decrease stress. But, the key term is being consistent! When you are in a state of stress, everything can be even harder to get done. A positive attitude will soon turn for the worse, and it'll feel like each day your shoulders get heavier and heavier. So, it is important to have a clear head. Of course, there are many more benefits to meditation, but that is beyond the scope of this article.
Journaling is another thing you should do during the morning. I'm not talking about writing how you felt or dreamt about while sleeping. While that is lethargic, and can be included in this practice, I'm talking about your plans and what you want to accomplish for the day to meet the goal for the week and the week for the month, and the month for the year.
Knowing where you want to go is one half of the puzzle, the other half is knowing how to get there. Writing it down consolidates and makes what you have to do clear. If you want to get fit, make time in your day to exercise just a little every day. A great quote from Jame Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, "Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results. Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress. Winners and losers have the same goals."
I believe that having goals and processes have a place in everyday life. For example, I want to lose weight for my friend's wedding next year is a great goal. I'm going to wake up at 5:30 every morning and exercise for 30 minutes every day is a process. It might just be for your friend's wedding, but if you like the results, and feel good, you'll probably make it a habit to exercise every day. Tracking your progress is a great way to keep your eye on the prize.