Even if your nickname isn't Captain Sunshine, you want to start each day as chipper as possible, right? When your mornings go well, your whole day/week goes better. A few reminders for how to start each day feeling your best:
- Fine-tune your bedtime. Jot down what time you go to bed, what time you wake up, and how you feel when you first wake up—physically and emotionally. It is possible to feel great in the morning. It starts by honoring your ideal bedtime. Here are more tips for a better night's sleep.
- Cut the sugar. What we eat does affect our sleep, not to mention how we feel for the rest of the day. If you can eat sweets before bed, more power to you. For a lot of us, sugar and caffeine can wreck a good night's rest—and make the rest of the day that much more challenging.
- Review your commitments for the next day. Nothing like getting caught off guard by a half-forgotten breakfast meeting. Incidentally, if you're not a morning person, try not to schedule breakfast meetings. Why make life harder than it is?
- Set out your clothes the night before. This is one of those tasks that takes far less time to do than it does to put off. If you make it part of your evening routine, you won't even have to think about it. And you'll feel better the next day, with one less decision to make last-minute.
- Wake up to your favorite (commercial-free) music. I can't tell you how much better I feel, now that I no longer wake up to that silly shampoo ad. What you wake up to should put a smile on your face.
- Thank God for another day. Not everyone gets one.
- Drink a glass of water when you first wake up. You'll feel better all morning. If plain cold water is too much, try room temperature. And if your throat hurts, try a cup of hot water.
- Allow time for a good breakfast. Make it your reward for getting up.
Finally, have a few morning rituals to choose from. Whether it’s reading, writing in a journal, praying, exercising, meditating, or just catching up on the news, do something that’s going to strengthen you for the day ahead—something you’ll look forward to. That alone will make for a much brighter morning and a much better day.
Thank God for another day. Not everyone gets one.
— Gina DeLapa