Anyone else remember the phrase ‘start the day as you mean to go’ being used a lot during their teenage years? I would hear it muttered after finally dragging myself out of bed in the afternoon – no doubt following an evening of being on the cider and black. But pass agg (passive aggressive) comments aside, there is a lot of sense to it. Personally, I do feel a lot better about myself if I feel I’ve started the day well.
A lot of our actions are habits and putting the right ones in place can bring about simple and effective changes. Our habits are essentially patterns in our brains (neural pathways). It takes time and effort to create new ones. Getting into good habits to begin each morning is how you start the day on a positive note.
Of course, there are always obstacles and incidents outside of our control. However, for the majority of the time, it’s the way we deal with them that affects our mood. Starting the day positively helps frame our thought-patterns and emotions so life feels a bit easier to deal with. So without further ado, let’s look at the 3 habits you need to get into to start the day well.
How to start the day on a positive note; the 3 habits you need
- Plan ahead
My day goes much more smoothly if I’ve managed to iron my clothes for the day ahead – rather than picking out what’s clean and hoping for the best. If I’ve made a green smoothie and my lunch in advance, then I am literally winning at life (small things here).
2. Be appreciative and show gratitude
Say thank you for the cup of coffee, your train arriving on time, or getting a good parking space outside work. Feel the appreciation for things around you and events going your way. This helps frame your mood and you’ll start noticing the good things and not look out for everything that can go wrong.
3. Start creative thinking or problem solving first thing
Use the first part of the day to tackle more challenging tasks and save the more administrative, basic jobs until later in the day. Your brain should be less tired and you’ll start the day with a sense of accomplishment.
Be kind to yourself
We’re all human and life doesn’t always turn out the way we intend to. If you oversleep, don’t make yourself an instagram worthy breakfast or begin the day with yoga etc, then don’t give yourself a hard time. Start again tomorrow.