Picture yourself waking up on a Monday morning. It’s early, it’s barely light out, and you’re perfectly comfortable in your warm cocoon of covers, but you know you have to force yourself out of bed and start your morning routine. Despite how heart-wrenching this scenario may sound, even for the morning-est of morning people, there are ways to ensure that you wake up feeling happy. And let’s be honest: Monday mornings wouldn’t seem as bad if you knew you could look forward to snapping out of your grogginess and starting your day off with a smile. Luckily, we came up with a few tips to help make positive mornings your new reality in a pinch.
Have breakfast. You may think your limited time is better spent getting ready and that you don’t have time for a nice breakfast, but indulging in the most important meal of the day will boost your energy and give you something to look forward to in the morning.
Put on some music. Nothing can put you in a better mood than your favorite song, so instead of going through the motions of getting ready in silence, jam out a little. (Extra bonus points if you get your blood flowing with a few dance moves.)
Stay away from social media and the news. Seeing things we don’t like on the news or social media can put us in a bad mood for the rest of the day, so put down your phone and turn off your tv so that you can focus your early morning energy on getting yourself out the door.
Sleep with your curtains half open. A little sunlight can go a long way. In addition to being a natural mood booster, waking up to natural light will make it easier for your body to snap out of that deep sleep when your alarm goes off.
Clean your room the night before. Waking up to a clean room will help you wake up stress free and ready to take on the world. In fact, get all your little tasks done the night before because anything you put off until the morning will only cause unnecessary stress.
Sleep on your right side. Apparently researchers have found that sleeping on your right side has tons of benefits, like feeling more well-rested and having more soothing dreams.
Stretch. Get your blood flowing, enable the release of endorphins and let yourself start your morning in a relaxed mood for a less stressful day later on by just spending a few minutes each morning stretching out your muscles.
Meditate. Meditation is another thing that will help you relax while also putting you more in tune with your body and your surroundings. Not only will it instantly put you in a better state of mind, making meditation part of your daily routine has major longterm benefits, too.
Do a little cardio. The last thing you want to do right after waking up is cardio, right? Once you see the positive effects, though, you may change your mind. Whether you’re an early riser and have time for a run or you just squeeze in a few minutes of burpees or jumping jacks, morning exercise will boost your mood, your calorie burn, and your confidence.
Play with your pet. It’s pretty much impossible not to be happy while playing with your pet. They’ll get the attention they want, and you’ll get the good mood you want – it’s a win-win for everyone. If you don’t have a pet, try watching something like funny animal videos. (Good luck avoiding a good moo after a few of these.)
Take time to think. One way to pretty much force yourself to be happy, is to think about a few things you’re grateful for or that make you happy in your life right now. You can do it in the shower, while you’re still in bed or on the way to work, so no excuses about how you don’t have the time for this one.
Wake up to bright colors. Add a bright throw pillow or blanket to your bed or hang a brightly colored piece of art somewhere in your room. Looking at it when you first wake up will stimulate your senses, which boosts your mood in return. And you can never have too many throw pillows, really.
Stay hydrated. Since you’re not drinking any water throughout the night, the first thing you should do in the morning is pour yourself a nice, tall glass of it. Staying hydrated will refresh you when you wake up and keep you energized throughout the day.
Get more sleep. Easier said than done, right? Try going to sleep just an hour earlier. You may not fall asleep right away, but you will probably fall asleep earlier than usual, and every minute counts.
Don’t hit snooze. Snoozing the alarm will only put off the inevitable, so don’t make getting up even harder on yourself. Rip of the bandaid and get up on the first ring, and you’ll be less groggy during your morning routine.
Get inspired. Whether it’s looking at a motivational quote or a beautiful piece of art or reading a happy article, when you start your morning with inspiration, a good mood and feeling of motivation is sure to follow.
Smile. Smile even if the weather is bad and it’s a Monday. Smile even if you absolutely loath mornings. You know what they say, fake it ’til you make it.