Even before you throw-back the bed sheets, your brain kicks into over drive and a feeling of overwhelm starts creeping into your body. Stress and anxiety aren’t far behind and your feet haven’t even hit the floor yet!
If this morning ritual sounds familiar, here are 5 tips that will help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.
1. Get enough sleep
I don’t know about you but when I don’t get enough sleep I’m a total different person and she’s NOT VERY NICE ☹.
Things that normally don’t bother me get under my skin and let’s just say when this happens I can clear a room pretty quickly – lol!
According to the National Sleep Foundation most of us function best on 7 to 9 hours sleep a night. If you’re not falling within this range you seriously should consider making time in your schedule to get more sleep.
Studies show getting the proper amount of sleep helps you live longer, cuts down on inflammation, improves memory and contributes to weight loss – just to name a few. Click here for more benefits!
2. Be more like Gumby
Do you remember Gumby? Gumby is a green clay animation character that was popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s. I love Gumby because he’s super flexible — you can bend and twist him in all sorts of crazy ways and he doesn’t break.
Choose to start your day with a Gumby attitude so when things don’t go exactly as planned, you’re less stressed and more positive and productive all-day-long.
I recently purchased a miniature Gumby to put on the console of my car as a reminder to me to not get stressed over things I can’t control (like NJ traffic!).
3. Schedule “ME” time
If you want to remain sane and healthy, which I know you do, it’s super important that you schedule some “ME” time each day to relax and recharge your batteries.
I know you’re constantly doing things for others and that you feel guilty about making time for yourself, but for your continued health and well being you need to start to change this mindset.
If you don’t take proper care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for the people who matter most in your life– it’s that simple.
Your health and wellness should be your #1 priority. Please get your calendar out right now and schedule 10 to 20 minutes of “ME” time starting tomorrow. Be sure to set phone reminders too.
Once your time is scheduled, start thinking about how you want spend it.
Make sure you do something that makes you feel good like a brisk walk, savoring a delicious cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop, reading, sitting outside and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, taking a hot shower or bubble bath. You get the idea.
4. Smile more
If you’ve read some of my previous blogs you know that smiling is an important part of my life and business plan.
I love to smile and when I’m in a not-so-good place, it’s my go-to tool for breaking free from a negative mind-set.
Studies show that putting a grin on your face has positive effects on your overall health too. It lowers stress and anxiety levels and releases endorphins – a chemical that makes you feel happier☺.
5. Express gratitude
Experts say that showing appreciation and feeling and expressing gratitude on a regular basis, can have a huge impact on your health and happiness.
SOMEONE WHO DOES IT RIGHT:
I recently attended the Social Boom Conference in Chicago hosted by social media expert Kim Garst.
I had never met Kim before but one of the many things that impressed me about her was how easily and often she expresses gratitude.
Numerous times throughout the weekend Kim told everyone how grateful she is for the opportunity to help others through her work. She also made it a point to meet every person at the conference – some 300 in all!
Social Boom 2015 is the best conference I’ve ever attended (and I’ve been to many in my career). The content was excellent and the people couldn’t have been nicer and more helpful. I’d never seen so much hugging at a conference before!
Kim clearly gets what she gives.
Thanks to Kim, I’ve decided to raise my gratitude bar even higher and I challenge you to do the same starting right now.
Gratitude is a gift that costs absolutely nothing. So before you put your head on your pillow each night, make sure you’ve reached out to at least one person to let them know how grateful you are to have them in your life.
Now it’s your turn.
Which of these 5 tips do you think will help make your day happier and more productive and why? I can’t wait to read your comments in the box below.
Until next time, please remember a more positive and happier life is within your reach. It starts by taking small steps in the direction you want to go. I know YOU CAN DO IT!!