8 Ways to Start Your Morning Off Happily

Alex Hamm October 21, 2015 31
8 Ways to Start Your Morning Off Happily

“If you take care of the first hour of your day, the rest of the day will take care of itself”

I love the above quote, because of the truth it holds. Life is all about momentum and you have to create your own positive momentum each and everyday. If you want to have an amazing, happy, pleasurable day, you are going to have to intentionally create a morning that makes you feel like a million bucks.

Here are 8 tips for creating a morning that will rock your world:

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1. Wake up at a decent time

This could mean a different time to everybody. Depending on what time your work starts, make sure that you wake up at a decent time that allows for an easy, leisurely yet powerful morning.

I’m not going to recommend waking up at 5:30 AM, as I personally believe there is a “motivation overload” out there and everybody is yelling at you to work harder and wake up at the crack of down, while they snore into the late morning. No, I’d rather say this: Wake up at a time that makes you feel good about yourself and makes you feel like you have plenty of day left to tackle. 

Most likely, this falls somewhere in between 6-9. For you early risers, go wild at the crack of dawn. For you night owls like me, suck in every last minute of sleep you can get, just don’t waste the day by sleeping till noon.

2. Eat something healthy for breakfast

This is a no-brainer and I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before. But be honest with yourself, how do you feel after eating 4 pancakes and 5 pieces of bacon drenched in maple syrup? I know when I have a big breakfast like that it simply makes me want crawl right back into bed and sleep for another 3 hours. And that completely violates the first tip on this list!

Look, all I’m recommending is that you eat something relatively nutritious and make sure you consume plenty of water. It will make you feel refreshed and energized and ready to tackle the day.

3. Do some exercise 

Like #2, this is probably one you’ve heard a million times before. But what I’m suggesting is that you simply make it a point to get your body moving in the morning. Whether it’s going for a walk/run, doing yoga, doing 5 minutes of floor abs, doing some jumping jacks, going to play basketball at a local gym, or getting a full blown 2 hour work out in…do something physical!

This way, your state will be feeling great and your will feel more awake and energized to tackle the rest of the morning, rather than just moving through your morning like a zombie and waiting for lunch to wake you up. I personally am not a fan of working out in the morning, and to be honest I’m not a fan of mornings in general. But whenever I’m up early and do some jumping jacks or go for a brief run, I always have a more productive day. Then I get my real workout done later in the evening.

4. Take a cold shower

Okay, okay…bear with with me here (Don’t let this point scare you off from reading the rest of the article!).

I learned this strategy from Brendon Burchard, the world renowned motivational speaker and high performance coach. At his exclusive High Performance Academy in San Jose, CA, which I had the pleasure of attending, Brendon shared that taking a cold shower in the morning wakes your nerves up in a way that cannot be matched. It makes you feel more alive than ever before and that’s not a bad way to head into your day.

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Now, Brendon also empathized with the fact that morning showers are a special time for a lot of folks and he certainly did not expect them to give up their 10 minutes of warm goodness at 7 AM. What he suggests getting started with is a 10 second trial at the end of your shower each morning. After you finish washing your hair and scrubbing your private parts, rinse off but don’t get out yet. Instead, add an extra 10 seconds to your shower and turn the faucet to cold. Sure, it will be a very uncomfortable 10 seconds, but it sure will wake you up!

I’ll be honest, I am not able to do this every morning and it is a very big struggle for me. See if you can out match me, okay? 🙂

5. Do yoga

This is a quick spin off of tip #3. Yoga is a great way to get your body moving and feeling amazing. Not only will yoga help you get into the best shape of your life, but it will also make your body feel as if you could run a marathon.

I’m not a big yoga person myself, but whenever I incorporate some simple stretches and poses into my morning, I always feel better.

6. Avoid looking at screens for the first hour

This will probably be the biggest struggle of all for myself, and most likely for you too. We are all addicted to our cell phones, and there is no sense denying it anymore. Seriously, now that the smart phone has entered our world, I don’t think we could ever live without it. They may as well be attached to our body because most of us wouldn’t dare go anywhere without our precious iPhone.

The recommended solution is to avoid looking at computer screens, televisions, or phone screens for at least one hour before bed, and at least one hour after you wake up. I know, I know, ridiculous right? I have yet to accomplish this mission fully. But that doesn’t mean that I should not continue to try.

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The reason it’s smart to avoid screens before you go to bed is because it strains your eyes and makes it harder for you to fall asleep. The reason you may not be able to fall asleep very quickly is because you are torturing your eyes with light beams and then instantly expect them to be in “rest mode”. This causes stressed out sleep patterns.

The morning is also a time that you should avoid straining your eyes. Give your mind and soul time to wake up before checking email, Instagram, Facebook, etc. There is no reason to stress yourself out with other people’s problems before you master your morning.

7. Meditate

Meditation has been a recommended practice for centuries. Not only does it allow you to completely shut down your mind and let go of your current problems, it also energizes your body and refreshes you in a way that cannot be matched. Although I am not as active of a meditator as I would like to be, whenever I do take the time, I always feel more energized and refreshed.

(Notice a trend here, everything is revolved around getting you feeling the right way)

Meditation does not mean you have to sit with your legs criss crossed and mumble “Ommmmmm” for 90 minutes straight. All you really need to do is relax your body, sit or lay in a comforting way, close your eyes and focus on nothing. Focus on the darkness and beauty of your mind.

8. Tell your loved ones “I love you”

This just may be the most important thing you can do in your morning. By sharing with your loved ones, whether it’s your wife, mom, dad, brother, best friend, girlfriend, etc, you are radiating love and pleasure into yours and their life. You are creating a bond for the day with people you care about. Because in the end, love is the strongest emotion anyone can feel and it is so positive. By exuding love for another human being, you are opening yourself to all the bliss in the world.

Also, when you share with your loved ones how much you love them, they are most likely going to share it back. And guess how that’s going to make you feel? 😉

31 Comments »

  1. avatar
    KimJohnson_Bond October 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Some great ideas to follow! Definitely important to implement some if not all of these steps to make the most out of your morning and day.

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    Frank White October 21, 2015 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Great ideas; I aim to implement all of them…except the cold shower 😋

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    Tana October 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    This are some great tips! I intend to try them one by one until I get going. I find it hard to get out of bed but I will try!

  4. avatar
    Cre October 22, 2015 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Great article. Good nuggets with some reminders thrown in. Most successful entrepreneurs have a solid morning routine.

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    Yadira October 22, 2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

    It really is about how one chooses to start off …the rest will just follow

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    Anonymous October 22, 2015 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Some good points Alex. The cold shower will also help your body to burn more fat. Also good advice to pay yourself first rather than be tied to an electronic device.

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    Daniel October 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    Hi I like your blog, my only and the biggest problem I have in the mornings would be to stay away from the computer as I find that the earlier part of the day as it is quiet gives me more time to look up the news and answers emails.

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    Christopher October 23, 2015 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Great morning strategies. I’m not too sure how well I could handle a cold shower, but the other strategies make a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing!

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    Sweet Peace Yoga October 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Love this list!!!! Maybe start with a hot shower and then just turn to cold for the last 10 seconds!

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    Marie De Lyon-Thierry October 25, 2015 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Great points …… i don’t mind the cold
    showers, however, i find it a struggle in the winter months.

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    BC October 26, 2015 at 12:29 am - Reply

    The best mornings start the night before. That means skipping the chips and dip and second glass of wine… Making sure you get to bed on time and doing these things mentioned in this article advise, you will be much better off. Great article and these all make the nights decisions easier when your morning self follows these steps.

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    Pratistha October 26, 2015 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Great points…
    Feeling awesome cause I do almost all the points stated there….
    I make u sure that within some months I will follow all those points..
    Thanks for sharing this with us☺☺

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    vernon October 26, 2015 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Good stuff!

  14. avatar
    CT October 26, 2015 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Great info! I am a morning person and need to incorporate more of these into my routine, except #4.

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    Meenakshi vandana October 26, 2015 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Nice .. we all know it but we dont do it .. its a great way to remind ourselves whats rt for us .. thank you..

  16. avatar
    Hanan October 27, 2015 at 4:22 am - Reply

    This was a really helpful article! It helped me alot, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  17. avatar
    Chris October 27, 2015 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Good article, It is good to have a reminder of “Being Present” at the beginning of your day.

    BTW, Fitness icon, Charles Atlas, promoted the uses of cold showers in his Dynamic-Tension System for Health, Strength and physique building.

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    AllEyes October 28, 2015 at 2:55 am - Reply

    I like articles like this. #7 in the morning would put me back to sleep, LOL

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    Amanda November 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Enjoyed reading the articles on this site. Helpful tips on how to achieve mindfulness and success in all areas of your life.
    Mindfulness is especially true in today’s society with so many pressures.
    Keep up the good work! 🙂

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    Japeth Ambida Nerio November 4, 2015 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Motivating write up… Sadly, I only practice two of those.

  21. avatar
    Jess November 11, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Outstanding article!

  22. avatar
    LB November 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    This was really helpful to me. I really need to start my days off better!! Great!! Thank you!!☺

  23. avatar
    Robert November 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Great tips Alex 🙂

  24. avatar
    Anthony Haywood December 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Excellent article! These are some great ideas that can improve your quality of life. Cheers!

  25. avatar
    Les Jackson December 4, 2015 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    What great ideas! I love the value in your content. Thanks for sharing this.

  26. avatar
    susana romero December 26, 2015 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    I am doing all that beautiful task everyday and I feel better and happier. A cold shower is a great way to give me autoconfidence and power

  27. avatar
    Stephen Osoko December 27, 2015 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    Lovely advice!
    I’ve read that there are so many benefits of cold showers.
    I’d love to have a quick chat with you about your experiences so far as a blogger.
    Thank you for your fastest reply!
    Stephen Osoko

  28. avatar
    DH January 13, 2016 at 3:42 am - Reply

    I found these tips very helpful. I bookmarked this website;alot of great info & resources.

  29. avatar
    Sally Pau January 21, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I’m a morning person, but sometimes it gets rough! Great tips! Very helpful

  30. avatar
    Joe February 3, 2016 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Great advice and worth trying out. Thank you for posting this!

  31. avatar
    Shelby Radenheimer July 29, 2016 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Great articles! Very nice reminders!

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