According to science, the happy hormones in your brain are at their highest levels once you wake up in the morning. With that being said, starting your day in a good mood shouldn’t be much of a problem, right?
Uhm, yeah. Not really.
According to statistics, only about 20% of the population are morning persons–and that the remaining 80% are night owls or are more productive and happy at night. That means, a majority of people got up a bit grumpy and irritated during mornings. Ironic, isn’t it?
Yes, ironic, but it’s not impossible to turn the tables around! With the right kind of attitude and habits, you can seize the day in the best mood possible!
Here are incredibly useful tips on how to put yourself in a good mood in the morning.
Make sure you get enough sleep.
Starting your morning right doesn’t begin once you wake up, but the night before. Instead of doing your late night binge-watching routine, try going to bed early. Make sure you get enough sleep recommended for your age.
According to a study from Harvard, being fueled by sufficient sleeping hours is critical for cognitive processing–making you feel more revitalized and alert during the day. You’ll wake up more optimistic and will surely boost your mood!
Do a quick stretch while you’re in bed.
After opening your eyes, try doing a quick stretch. Extend your limbs out as much as you can. This results in the release of dopamine; the hormone responsible for boosting your mood, energy, and self-esteem.
Feed yourself with positive affirmations.
Before coming out of bed, or when you’re facing the mirror, take a few moments to assure yourself that you are blessed. Having continuously juggle in between different tasks through the day can encourage anxious thoughts and feelings.
To avoid this from happening and ruining your mood, try this habit. Think of the qualities that you are most proud of yourself. It can be that you are the bestest friend ever, a fantastic cook, a talented performer or a responsible employee.
Also, ponder on the things that you’re extremely grateful for. Give your parents, friends, or loved one a call and tell them how lucky you are to have them. According to the Harvard Healthbeat, expressing gratitude will help you feel healthier, happier and more capable of taking on stressful situations.
Gulp down a glass of water.
After that eight hours of sleep, you’ll wake up feeling parched and might want to grab a wake-up drink. If you’re about to go for coffee, you need to stop right about there. A cup of joe might make you feel more alert, but not as when you choose water first.
Go over the stove and heat yourself up some water. You can add a squeeze of lemon juice and drink up. This keeps you hydrated, and also helps you lose weight. And while you’re having breakfast, then you can make yourself the cup of coffee you always wanted.
Go for a walk, exercise or meditate.
Boost your mood up for the day by doing a quick run in the morning. Not only will you be exposed to vitamin D–strengthening your bones and immunity–but the sun’s vitamins will also regulate the serotonin level in your brain, giving you a quick positive boost.
If you’re not a big fan of walking, you can always exercise or meditate at home. Exercising can increase happy hormones inside your body thus making you feel energized every morning. According to a study, regular exercise can improve mental health and lower anxiety and depression. Surely a great way to start your day on a positive note!
Set intentions and goals.
Being organized with your to-do list for the day is also a positive mood booster. Jot down all the things needed to be done and set time frames for each. Also, think about ways on how to make your job easier and faster. For example, if you listed cleaning the house as a major task, you can always call in a professional cleaning service to help you out.
Doing this will not only will everything be done in time and accurately, but you will also feel a sense of productivity after accomplishing your plan.
Hit the volumes up for good music.
Create an uplifting playlist with songs that can make you dance like crazy and sing even when out-of-tune. Listening to happy music every morning is the perfect way to boost your mood. It always helps to have something playing in the background as you prep yourself up for the day.
If you don’t have your list of songs, you can turn on the radio, tv for the music channels, or search for specific morning mood-boosting playlists on Spotify and YouTube.
Have a cold shower.
Of course, you need to take a bath! But did you know how to wake up in a good mood every morning? Start with using lukewarm water to have your skin pores open up. Then slowly work your way to a colder temperature.
Showering with cold water can entirely wake you up, boost your mood up and trigger creative thinking, aid in blood circulation and great for maintaining healthy skin and hair.
Devour on a delicious, healthy breakfast.
They say early morning breakfasts are the most important meals of the day. And it’s true, actually. It gives your body the energy it needs to seize the day and boost your mood. Keep in mind that it’s not enough that you eat breakfast daily, but to help yourself with healthy meals every day.
Know that the simplest and most effective way to change your mood is by smiling. Give yourself a reason to smile all day. One way is by having something to look forward to at the end of the day.
Schedule a pamper time at the spa, book reservations at your favorite restaurant, or grab exclusive movie tickets–you name it! Studies are claiming that anticipating something thrilling can give you the same happiness as the event itself.
The best part? Not only will your mood change, but also the moods of those around you! Spread positive vibes!
Being the best version of yourself every morning when you wake up can be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t know how to do it right. With these tips, you won’t be a goner! Remember to have a strong determination to doing this daily, and you’ll see the outcome in no time!