10 Tips on how to motivate yourself at the start of the day
First thing in the morning is not the best time of day for a lot of people and many find it hard enough to get out of bed at all, let alone feel upbeat and motivated. Monday morning’s are the worst, especially in the winter, that’s when rolling over and going back to sleep seems like the best plan of action of the day. If you are one of those people who just can’t get the motor running in the mornings, then read on, because we have ten great tips that will fill you with energy and motivation at the start of every day.
1. Go to bed earlier
One of the reasons that you could feel so lethargic in the mornings is that you are just not getting enough sleep. You can’t seriously expect to be bouncing with energy after just a few hours’ sleep, so get to bed an hour earlier and give your batteries a chance to recharge. Most adults need at least eight hours sleep a day. You can manage on less, but you won’t be at your best when you wake up if you do.
2. Make a to-do list the night before
One thing that will get you down in the morning is suddenly remembering that huge list of things you need to get done. You can avoid that early morning panic, by spending half an hour the night before planning out your day. When you wake up, you will already know what you have to do, and how you are going to do it. It will also help you sleep better at night.
3. Get straight out of bed
When your alarm goes off, don’t hit the snooze button, because that’s the worst thing you could do for your motivation. The longer you stay in your warm and comfortable bed, the more you will dread getting out of it. If you are a snooze button addict, try moving your alarm away from your bed so you have to get up to switch it off.
4. Drink a glass of water
You become quite dehydrated while you sleep and that can make you feel drowsy, so make drinking a glass of water the first thing you do when you wake up. Put a glass of water next to your alarm clock before you go to sleep and it will be there waiting for you in the morning. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference a glass of water can make in the mornings.
5. Do some stretching exercises
When you first get up, do five minutes of stretching exercises and that will get the blood circulating around your body again. You can’t get motivated while you are still half asleep, so stretch your legs, arms, neck and everything else. That will get more oxygen to your brain and your muscles and you will feel far more alert.
6. Eat breakfast
You’ll need to fuel your brain if you are going to do some positive thinking, so a good healthy breakfast is a must too. It’s true, what they say about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, it fuels your morning and it can make a difference to your mood for the whole day.
7. Banish negative thoughts
The morning is never a good time to dwell on mistakes and problems, so leave your worrying until you are more awake. Make a conscious decision not to think negative thoughts first thing in the morning and fill your morning with positive thinking instead. You will be able to tackle the more difficult issues better when you are more awake anyway, so leave them for later on in the day.
8. Remind yourself of your goals
If you have trouble remembering why you get up so early to go to work, make a list of your goals and your dreams. Reminding yourself of what it is you are working towards will help motivate you to get up and get going. Thinking about that dream vacation you are saving up for is a lot better way to start the day than thinking about all the jobs you have to do,
9. Think about what you will achieve, rather than what you have to do
When you know you have problems to deal with in the day, think about what it will be like when that problem is solved, not about the process you will need to go through to solve too. If you have a really boring thing that must be done, for example, think about all the fun things you can, once that one little problem is out of the way.
10. Get yourself psyched up
When you get up in the mornings, tell yourself how good you are and that today is the day that you will win. Put on some upbeat music and get yourself in the mood for the day. Build yourself up and boost your own mood. You can motivate yourself, if you try.
What are your favourite ways to motivate yourself in the morning?