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Do you instantly feel anxious when you wake up? Do you struggle to start the day positively? Sometimes, especially at this time of year, the mornings can be tough. Even after I wake fully, my mood struggles to lift. With two children to get to school and a business to run, I realised recently that something needed to change. I need to make the most of my time and be as productive as possible. Feeling sluggish and moody stops me from being productive. I’ve come up with some morning mood boosters to help me start my day happier. These morning mood boosters aren’t guaranteed to work every time, but each one definitely helps me to start my day well.
- I do not have SAD (seasonal affective disorder), but I do find that I struggle more during the darker autumn and winter months. I recently purchased a small SAD lamp, similar to the Lumie Vitamin L Slim Light Box (aff) which I use in the morning. I definitely credit my improved ability to function well in the mornings to my SAD lamp. It helps me feel awake and motivated.
- If you have children, try and get up 20-30 minutes before they do. Having that small window of time to yourself can work wonders for your mood. I use my 20-30 minutes, when I don’t hit snooze, to get some of the morning jobs done. This then allows me to focus solely on getting the children out of the door to school and eliminates the morning rush which makes all three of us happier!
- My energy drink addiction has been documented here on the blog in the past. It’s something I still struggle with. I’m ashamed to admit that I used to drink energy drinks first thing in the morning. I recently swapped my morning energy drink for a cold glass of apple or orange juice. Both of which are far more refreshing than an energy drink or a caffeinated coffee and the cold temperature helps to shake off that feeling of drowsiness we all feel when we get out of bed.
- Even when its cold outside, I often spend five minutes outdoors in the mornings. Sitting outside and listening to the birds whilst enjoying a drink of something refreshing helps to reset my mindset. It prepares me for the day ahead.
- Plan your day, and schedule time for yourself. I cannot function without a list. I have lists for pretty much everything and each and every one helps to keep me sane. Making a plan for my day, deciding when and where to get some work done and scheduling time for self care in the evenings helps boost my morning mood tremendously. Making a plan eradicates any anxiety attached to the day ahead.
What do you do to boost your mood in the mornings? Have you benefitted from these morning mood boosters? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.