Waking up feeling low, stressed, or groggy is not the nicest feeling. Do you ever wake up feeling in a funk for no reason? If so, you could do some morning mood-boosting activities. Whether or not you wake up in a strange mood, here are some of the best ways to boost your mood in the morning.
Listen to music
Whether you enjoy listening to fun upbeat songs or relaxing melodies, listening to music can really lift your mood. As you are doing it in the morning, it may be best to listen to something uplifting to raise your energy levels. It may even get you dancing around the kitchen, which is also an instant mood lifter.
As mentioned, dancing is a great mood lifter. Although it may not feel natural to do this in the morning, it will help. Even if you dance to your music while brushing your teeth or waiting for your coffee to brew, a few minutes will release tension and get your blood pumping.
Open the curtains
To feel happy in the mornings is a great way to have a productive and content day. Opening the curtains first thing to let natural light in is proven to improve your mood. It kickstarts your body’s natural circadian rhythm, which regulates your sleep-wake cycle. With a healthy and regular sleep-wake cycle, your body will naturally feel more energetic as it helps combat fatigue.
To ensure you wake up at a healthy time, make sure to get to sleep earlier. A lack of sleep makes waking up even more nightmarish. It might seem hard to get the right amount of sleep if you’re constantly stressed, but you should still make the effort to change your sleep pattern. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, otherwise, getting up will always be a hassle.
Grab a drink
Treat yourself first thing in the morning by making (or buying) yourself a cup of hot coffee or tea. A bit of caffeine can have you feeling motivated and energized. Plus, indulging in your favourite morning beverage can instantly cheer you up. If you’re not a coffee or tea drinker, a delicious smoothie or refreshing juice works just as well.
Anything that provides you with energy will guarantee to boost your mood. To do two mood-lifting things in one, you could take your drink out with you on your morning walk or dance around the house with it.
Take a break from your devices
Like most people, you’re probably guilty of keeping your phone right next to your bed. You might’ve even gotten into the habit of checking social media when you wake up. This is an unhealthy habit that will only make you feel worse during the day.
The truth is, people only post positive things on social media—seeing your friends or acquaintances post about their brand new cars, amazing jobs, or latest vacations can inspire feelings of jealousy and depression. Instead of keeping tabs on everyone else, take the time to think about your own achievements.
Put effort into getting ready
Putting the effort into dressing well, doing your hair, and applying makeup can make you look and feel great. You aren’t trying to look good for other people—you’ll be looking good for yourself. You’ll feel much more confident and happy when you like what you see in the mirror.
Even if you are working from home for the day, making the effort to get dressed will put you in a more productive mindset. It will help you focus on the task ahead. It can be easy to slouch around all day in your dressing gown, but that won’t help your mood. Even if it means putting your workout clothes on, so be it. Dress in a way that lifts your mood and helps you feel good.
Meditation is a mindful practice that helps you disconnect from the daily life stresses we all feel and focus on your present self. The practice only has to take a few minutes of your morning and can be done from bed, the sofa, the living room floor, or out in the garden. Sit or lie somewhere that you feel most comfortable, close down your eyes, and focus on yourself. To help you relax you could listen to some music.
Think of three positive things and focus on them for the entire time. You could envision your future, congratulate your current efforts at work, or anything that comes to mind. It will make you realize how powerful you are and set you up to feel more confident and content in yourself.
Eat a good breakfast
Many of us sprint out the door with a strong cup of coffee and maybe a boring bagel, if we remember to eat. Instead, take a few minutes to sit down and savour your breakfast. Pay attention to the tastes, textures, and scents. If you don’t have time, still take foods on the go that you genuinely enjoy eating. Eating something nutritious and tasty nourishes both your body and your mind. Healthy fats and fibres are great to eat in the morning as they fill you with fuel and offer long-lasting energy.
Make a list
List-making is a great way to get all of your thoughts on paper. You may wake up feeling stressed every morning and you have a lot on your mind. Writing it down acts as an outlet and you can neatly display your thoughts, instead of them feeling like a mess in your mind.
You could make a list of things you need to do that day at work. You could even make a list for your grocery shop or what you want to eat for the week. Whatever is on your mind, make notes and lists to organize your thoughts and give you a clearer mindset.
Take a walk
Sunlight is a mood booster. So is physical activity. Put them together, and you have a great way to start your day. Of course, if walking isn’t your thing, you can stretch first thing in the a.m. or participate in any other physical activities you enjoy. You could even walk around your house if you don’t have enough time to get outside. Any kind of gentle movement is a great way to get your body moving and mind in the right place.
Walking boosts endorphins and improves your energy levels (and your mood), and these two factors can decrease your stress level. Taking a walk can also help you take a break from stressors and connect with your body. Try finding a peaceful, natural environment that can help you take your mind off of your stressors and try to focus on the walk.
Some of these morning mood-boosting methods might seem obvious but we don’t put them into practice enough. If you make the effort to do something every morning to lift your mood, you will have much happier and content days.
Think of activities that tend to boost your mood, regardless of how small they seem. And try to incorporate them into your morning routine. Maybe that’s playing with your kids for a few minutes, stopping by Starbucks for coffee, reading a passage from the Bible, or an excerpt from your favourite book. Maybe it’s drawing, listening to classical music, singing in your car, writing in your journal, having breakfast on your porch, or dancing as you get ready.