Starting the Day Upbeat and Positive

 

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I LOVE mornings.  It’s true.  Don’t hate me.

 

Part of why I love the early hours is just the way I’m wired.  I am convinced that some of us are just truly made to be more productive early on and others get their energy bursts later in the day.  Still, some of my extra perkiness is by my own design.  Here are a few things I rely on to get my day going on an upbeat, positive note:

 

I get some sleep.  This one’s a no-brainer:  You’re going to have a happier, earlier, more productive morning if you give your body and mind adequate rest.  Don’t burn the midnight oil

 

I go for a brisk morning walk.  Five to six days a week, I rise before 6 o’clock and head outside to hit the pavement.  Getting in some early exercise wakes up my mind and gets the blood flowing.

 

I drink some coffee.  I’m no saint!  I love my morning java.  I find that even decaf helps kick-start my day.  For me, it’s the scent and taste experience that pep me up more than the caffeine.  Plus, there’s something very joyful about carrying a warm mug of flavored black coffee as I set out on my walk in the cool morning air!

 

I drink some fruit.  Yep.  I toss a bunch of frozen fruit in the blender and then I know I’m starting the day with a cocktail of vitamins.  Since I’m not a naturally good fruit eater (I favor veggies), this is a simple way to cross this off my “to-do” (or “to-eat”) list, if you will.

 

I sing to my children.  Oh yes, yes I do.  This little habit is bound to annoy at least one of them (probably all three) once they’re teens but, for now, my voice ringing out, “Good morning, good morning!  It’s going to be a great day!” makes them wake up grinning.  And THAT keeps me upbeat and smiling!

 

I know, from years of experience, that the best way to ensure happy, upbeat mornings is to lay the proper groundwork and those five little steps help me make it happen.

 

What’s YOUR best tip for getting the day started up an upbeat, positive note?

 

 

 

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8 comments to Starting the Day Upbeat and Positive

  • Oh — the dreaded, happy morning person ;). I do love your tips though. I also think that getting up early on your own accord makes it more fun than having a newborn awake you at the same time. I always drink something hot each morning. I usually wake up at 8:30 or 9 when my daughter does but I think getting up early would be especially helpful if I spent some time in His word.

    • I should probably have noted, Miranda, that the newborn season is its own animal. ;) Most mornings, I read from my devotional and the corresponding Scripture, but I’d love to get myself on track to make that a consistent daily habit.

    • I should probably have noted, Miranda, that the newborn season is its own animal. ;) Most mornings, I read from my devotional and the corresponding Scripture, but I’d love to get myself on track to make that a consistent daily habit..

  • My key to starting the day off right is to avoid the annoying person singing songs!! :)

  • Victoria

    I don’t think these tips alone will work for the night-shifter ;-) I can happily be up all night (not without some coffee), but those early morning awakenings from my son (5:30am is his time to shine) are rough for me! I do like your tip of getting moving in the morning for some exercise. Maybe I should try to get us both out for a quick walk early (it’s usually 11am by the time we get out for our walk). Coffee is also my friend (usually half-caf or 3/4 decaf these days since I’m still nursing). And both hubby and I sing a good morning song to the baby. But, getting up before the baby – it’s just not happening. Maybe someday I’ll make the move back to a dayshift position and be able to be up before the kids for some quiet me time . . . sigh.

    • I’ve never worked a night-shift, so I’d never try to offer advice in that case! I used to waitress/bartend which went late, but not all night, certainly. :) And my youngest is now 2– I don’t wake before newborns/early-rising infants either. Let’s not be crazy! Ha!

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