Rachel is a lifestyle writer who specialized in women's health, fitness, and wellness.
Start Your Day the Right Way
Your mindset plays an integral role in your happiness, success, and relationships. A positive and healthy mindset is the foundation for meaningful interactions and personal growth. A great way to adjust your thought patterns is to begin making some changes to your morning routine.
That's right—the things you do, or think, when you wake up will not only set the tone for your day, but for your entire life. Acknowledging and altering your morning mindset can help you find inner peace and understanding.
Each morning, choose one simple action for improving your state of mind. Dedicate 15 minutes to practicing this one method and note how your approach to each day begins to transform over time.
7 Ways to Change Your Morning Mindset
- Set a daily goal
- Enjoy simple pleasures
- Banish energy drainers
- Write a gratitude list
- Display inspiring visuals
- Re-evaluate chronic negative thoughts
- Use positive inquiry
Set a Daily Goal
Part of your morning routine should include determining how you want your day to go. Visualize the things you want to happen during the day. Adjust your schedule to fit your vision, not the other way around.
It's easy to get distracted or frustrated when you start your day with no direction. Set an intention for where you want to be at the end of the day. Decide what needs to be accomplished and focus on the steps it takes to reach that goal. You don't have to set huge goals everyday—they can be as simple as completing housework or updating your resumé.
Enjoy Simple Pleasures
Begin incorporating "feel-good" moments into your day. Simple pleasures help you to be more productive and enable you to better handle stress.
My favorite simple pleasures are lighting a brand new candle and drinking a mug of marshmallow-y hot chocolate!
Sometimes, we get so busy with work, school, and social obligations that we forget to take care of ourselves. Make time for fun and indulge in those little things that make you smile—like cuddling with your dog, taking a bath, or reading a good book.
Don't Forget to Make Time for You
- Self-Care Without the Price Tag
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Banish Energy Drainers
There's no pleasant way to say it: some people can be downright mentally exhausting! Chronic troubles and complaints swirling around your inner circle will drain your physical and mental energy. Low energy is correlated with other negative effects, like sleep problems, poor diet, and inability to focus.
Energy drainers aren't always people—they can be negative thoughts or toxic environments, too. To fuel a positive growth mindset, think about taking steps to remove energy drainers from your life, or at least reduce their presence and influence.
If it doesn't feel good and it doesn't help you grow, I'm sorry to say its gotta go!
Write a Gratitude List
Oftentimes, we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives that we forget to stop and be thankful for all that we have. Expressing gratitude improves mental and emotional health, and helps puts things back into perspective.
What are you thankful for? You might include your family, your health, your home, or your career. Whatever it is, write it down! Keep a daily or weekly log and reflect back on your lists over time to see how your attitude changes.
When we're staring down our darkest moments, it can feel like there's nothing good or beautiful about life. Take every opportunity you can to remind yourself of your strength. You are resilient, you're making progress, you're doing all that you can.
Display Inspiring Visuals
Use physical items, like decorations or souvenirs, to remind you of happy memories or future goals. Your possessions are a form of personal expression. They speak volumes about who you are and what you value.
An inspiring visual might be an eclectic piece of art or a vision board that displays your ideal future. Maybe it's a trinket from your favorite childhood vacation. The items around you should help you tap into positive and uplifting emotions.
Re-evaluate Chronic Negative Thoughts
Repetitive negative thoughts are unhealthy, but you're not alone if you struggle with clearing your mind. Almost everyone has battled with unchanging thoughts, playing them over and over like a broken record of personal fears and failures. Fixating on a long-standing negative thought or feeling is damaging to your mental health. It distracts you from things that are important and fulfilling, hindering your personal or professional growth.
The inability to let go or change your thought pattern can lead to anxiety, depression, and physical stress. Sometimes these negative patterns can be improved with self-care and self-help strategies. Other times, it may be necessary to seek help from a qualified professional.
Mental Health America created this fact sheet detailing the various types of mental health professionals and treatment approaches to ensure you get the care you need, should you need it.
When we wake up in the morning, we're often carrying over the same stresses and burdens from the previous day. Try to reframe negative thoughts before you get out of bed. Shining a positive light on bad situations and experiences helps build thought control and emotional maturity.
Use Positive Inquiry
Sometimes, we experience really bad moments that we just can't shake. It's not always easy to reframe reality, especially when reality gets rough. In these scenarios, it's not ideal to lie to yourself about your circumstances or feelings.
Instead of trying to convince yourself of things that are obviously conflicting with reality, try using positive inquiry. This technique is, essentially, learning to ask instead of command.
Rather than saying "I am happy" when you're not really happy, try asking yourself "how might I become happy?" This will prevent the stress of trying to hide your true feelings and activate the problem-solving center of your brain.
Lift Yourself Up Everyday
It's all about the little things.
Everyday small victories. The extra french fries at the bottom of the bag. A compliment from a stranger. Minor wins add up to feelings of accomplishment, gratitude, and growth.
I like to add things to my home office that make me feel a flash of glee when they catch my eye. A handmade "Rachel's Office" sign hangs on the door—a thoughtful Christmas gift from my mom. A succulent sits in a beautifully painted planter on my desk—purchased from a sweet old woman who paints every intricate stroke herself. (Bonus: succulents are hard to kill for plant murderers like me!)
One of my favorite desktop decorations is my Bloom Daily Standing Flip Calendar. It's a gorgeous flip book of floral designs, positive affirmations, and inspirational quotes. Flipping to a new page each day is my subtle reminder that yesterday is in the past, and it's time to head into a new day with a fresh perspective. The calendar displays only the month and day (no year) so you can keep using it year after year. I make little notes on mine when something particularly exciting happens. That way, I'll see it a year later and enjoy the moment all over again!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Rachel Hezel