Research suggests that your mood in the morning affects your performance throughout the entire day. Therefore, a set of mood-lifting morning habits can help ensure you start and finish your day on a positive note. Here are some excellent habits for making the most out of your mornings.
Resist reaching for your phone
According to a study on early-morning brain function, checking your phone when you first wake up interrupts the natural neural processes that prepare you for the day. Instead of reaching for your device while you’re still under the blankets, wait until you’re out of bed and more alert to begin scrolling through your favorite feeds.
Make gratitude your attitude
Rather than taking in information through your phone or computer, take a few minutes to write down and reflect on some positive aspects of your life. Doing this is shown to decrease stress and increase productivity.
Breathe and be at peace
Deep breathing exercises and simple meditation are great ways to put yourself in a positive mindset for the day. Try sitting on the floor with your legs crossed, back straight and hands folded in your lap. Begin by expelling all the air in your lungs. For a slow four count, breathe in through your nose. Hold the breath for another slow four count. Begin to exhale through your mouth for four counts, then relax for another four counts. Repeat this pattern three or four times to clear your mind and help circulate oxygen through your body.
Tee up your tasks
Making a checklist in the morning primes your mind to be more productive, and writing down your goals makes it more likely you’ll accomplish the things you want to do. With these two benefits in mind, organizing yourself for the rest of the day should feel like less of a chore.
On average, it takes 66 days of repeated actions to form a routine. Whether you’re building up new, productive morning habits or breaking down old, unhelpful behaviors, consistency is key. Stick with the habits you’re building in the short term, and your brain will naturally adapt to make them second-nature in the long term.
If you struggle to maintain consistency with your habits, Valley Oaks Health is here to lend a hand. Our experts offer psychological assessment services that can help you get to the root of behavioral barriers. Feel free to give us a call or stop by one of our locations to schedule an appointment today.