6 Simple tricks to start your day with positivity
How to Start Your Day in a Positive Way
For many people, getting through the day brimming with positivity can be challenging, especially if they’re experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression.
However, the importance of starting your day in a positive way can’t be understated. That’s why we’ve put together 6 simple actions to help counteract negative feelings so that you can start — and finish — your day with positivity. It’s all about keeping it simple. Take a look at our easy tips to start your day right and commit to trying one tomorrow.
1. Practise gratitude
Focusing on the wonderful things we have rather than what we don’t have is a simple step toward positivity.
Start your day with a gratitude ritual. Sit in a quiet place and think of three things that make you feel happy and grateful. This could be anything from a person who’s special to you to the fact that you have a cosy home. Focus on each of the items on your list for a minute or two and enjoy those warm, fuzzy feelings!
If you’re into journaling, you can also write down your gratitude list every morning.
2. Make your bed
Making your bed look tidy in the morning is a surefire way to get you in a good mood. It’s about setting an intention to start your day in an orderly way and is a quick win when it comes to making you feel good. Benefits you’ll reap during the day include:
• A feeling of accomplishment
• A sense of calm
• Better organisation
• Improved focus
And when it comes to the end of the day, you’ll experience:
• A sense of relaxation
• Reduced stress
• Better-quality sleep
3. Nourishing your body with a wholesome breakfast
There’s a lot of research out there that explains the benefits of eating a good breakfast — in fact, it’s thought to be the most important meal of the day. These are what breakfast does:
• Sets your intention to eat healthily throughout the day
• Balances your blood sugar levels
• Kickstarts metabolism
• Boosts energy levels
• Promotes heart health
• Stimulates the brain
4. Listen to happy music
Put on your playlist of happy songs first thing in the morning and you’ll reap the rewards for the rest of the day. Here’s what listening or dancing to or even singing along with happy music can do for you:
• Keeps your heart healthy
• Elevates your mood
• Reduces stress
• Relieves depression
• Stimulates happy memories
• Helps relieve pain
• Helps you eat sensibly
• Increases your workout endurance
• Improves lung function
• Helps you feel connected
5. Keep smiling
This one is super simple — start your day with a smile, and you won’t look back! These are what smiling can help you achieve:
• A longer life
• Less stress
• Better mood
• Improved immune system
• Possibly lower blood pressure
• Pain reduction
• Enhanced attractiveness
• Make you look successful
• Enduring positivity
Know that smiling is contagious too, so when you smile, the world lights up around you!
6. Protect your morning time
It’s important to know what not to do first thing in the morning. You should protect those precious first moments when you wake to ease yourself into the day and give yourself time to carry out your morning practices.
This means no checking your phone, messages or emails until you’ve got yourself ready to face the day. That’s because checking your phone first thing can:
• Increase your stress and anxiety
• Hijack your time and attention
• Set brain up for distraction for the rest of the day
Take one small step
A positive start to the day means that you’ll enjoy it with more mental and physical energy and a feeling of achievement – and it only takes one small step to get started. Why not try one — or two — of our suggestions to help you get your day off on the right note?