Hit the snooze too many times on Monday morning? Anxiety hits when you find out what time it is. Ever found yourself running out the door wearing mismatched shoes, only to get to work and realize you forgot your phone? Face it—we have all been there one time or another. Lucky for all of us, tomorrow is a new day.  Follow these tips to help you thrive in the morning and throughout your day.

Preparation: Follow these simple steps the night before in order to ensure you are in control of the next morning.

  • If your morning consists of morning coffee, then prepare it the night before. This includes grinding the beans and setting a timer. It’s a wonderful feeling to wake up in the morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. It also gives you a pressing reason to get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off, instead of hitting the snooze button.
  • Pick out your outfit the night before. Deciding what you want to wear for the following day takes away the hassle of figuring it out last minute which makes your morning run smoother. You’ll also have less mess to come home to since you will have successfully avoided the frantic pillage through your closet looking for that one particular sweater.
  • Go to bed the same time every night and attempt to get between 7-8 hours of sleep nightly. Getting enough sleep is essential to having an effective and smooth running work and personal day.
  • Put your essentials (bag, keys, non-perishable snacks/food, anything you have to take with you to work) by the door. Save yourself from the stressful scavenger hunt of finding those key items right when you are ready to walk out the door.

In the morning: Participate in these effective steps during the morning in order to have to have a less hectic morning.

  • Breakfast: Eating a healthy protein and carbohydrate filled breakfast fuels your body with nutrients that are crucial to your energy and concentration throughout the morning and your day. Suggestions: scrambled eggs/toast, veggie/meat omelet, yogurt parfait, etc.
  • Exercise (if time permits): This can include going on a short 10-15 minute walk to get your heart rate up and your mind alert.  Exercise has shown to decrease anxiety symptoms, help with memory, and lower the risk of heart disease.
  • Gratitude: Name two things you are thankful for right now. Challenge yourself not to focus on the things you don’t have.  It’s important to be present in the current moment as we only have control over this.
  • Recite Positive Affirmations: This is similar to gratitude; however, it is focused on your perceptions of yourself.  I encourage you to stand up and say out loud two positive affirmations.  Some suggestions might be, “I am a great father/mother”, “I am a giving person”, “I let go of anger so I can see clearly”.

Try these steps out tonight and tomorrow morning. If you’re not successful with at first, don’t get down on yourself. Remember the importance of gratitude and staying present as a way to create another thriving and successful tomorrow.

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