One of the best things you can do for yourself is start your day in a bright and shining way! And trust me, I’m telling myself this too! If you’re anything like me, you probably start your day by checking emails and then instantly scrolling social media. Neither activity is a recipe for a positive day.
We need to protect our mental well-being, and that means having the discipline to put the phones down and start our days the right way. I’m sharing 7 bright ways to start a positive day and let that energy trickle into the rest of your day. These ideas will help you take back control of the start of your day and put you in the right mood to conquer anything!
7 Bright Ways to Start a Positive Day
#1 Sit outside (bonus points if you watch the sun rise)
Have you ever felt the serenity that comes from just being out in nature? Imagine starting your day with that feeling of calm?! One bright way to start a positive day is to do so by sitting outside. Whether you want to get out right after you wake up, or take your cup of coffee with you, get outside!
Watching the sun rise, hearing the birds chirping, and listening to the silence before the hustle and bustle of life kicks in can leave you feeling wonderful. The beauty of sitting outside is that you don’t have to do it for long to feel its benefits. Try starting your day with some fresh air or even a morning walk and see how it sets the tone for the day!
#2 Listen to a guided meditation on manifestation
I recently stumbled upon The Manifestation Babe and started listening to one of her guided meditations on abundance and manifestation. A few times a week, I’ve been waking up and putting the guided meditation on. This happens before I even get out of bed. Just hearing the words leave me feeling so excited and positive for the day to come.
There are so many different guided meditations to choose from. Whether you need to release anxiety, feel a surge of inspiration, or start thinking on a new level, you can find a meditation to assist. I’m trying to start every day like this because I truly feel the difference.
#3 Write down 5 things you’re grateful for
Another practice that I’ve been doing for awhile is using the Start Today Journal. In the journal, you start by listing 5 things you’re grateful for. Starting my day with gratitude reminds me of how blessed I am. It’s almost like the things I’m worried about are so far away, because I’m only focused on the things I’m truly appreciative of.
You don’t need the Start Today Journal to get the same effect. You can start your day by simply writing down 5 things you’re grateful for. It can be as small as being grateful for today’s cup of coffee, or as big as waking up in the morning. There’s no right or wrong, it’s purely your appreciation for the things that are happening in your life.
#4 Consume a motivating speech
Thanks to YouTube, Spotify, TED Talks and any other streaming platform, the access to motivating speeches is higher than ever. Another bright way to start a positive day is by listening to something that inspires and motivates you. Just hearing motivating words can get your creative juices flowing. Not to mention, the more you consume motivating information, the more motivated you become!
Some of the people I love to listen to in order to get a surge of motivation include Jim Rohn (my favorite), Les Brown, Grant Cardone and Mel Robbins. There are so many great speakers out there, so start your day off by listening to what they have to say.
#5 List out your current goals
Do you ever feel like you lose sight of where your headed sometimes? You’re not alone. I feel that way too. One thing that always keeps me coming back to my center is writing my current goals. I write them during my daily journaling and I see them on my dry erase board. I’m constantly keeping my goals front and center.
When I’m constantly reminded of what I’m working towards, it helps me stay focused. I can make decisions that help me reach my goal, not the other way around. It always reminds me of why I’m working so hard. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel!
If you haven’t set any goals for your health, money, career, or life, it’s time to start doing so. Once you have them laid out, start writing them down every day. Over time, you will see a shift in how you think and how positive you become as you make your way to those goals.
#6 Compliment yourself in front of a mirror
This is a tip I haven’t done, but plan to start. Imagine waking up and starting your day with positive words of affirmation about yourself? I truly believe that if we don’t believe in ourselves, no one else will. It starts with us loving and believing in ourselves.
If you struggle with self-esteem issues or a lack of confidence, this bright way to start your day may help whip you into mental shape. Start by saying one great thing about yourself. Starting small will eventually turn into bigger compliments. When you start seeing the value you bring to everyone’s table, everyone else will start seeing that value too.
#7 Read a book (personal development preferred)
One of my current goals is to read for 20 minutes every day, Monday through Friday. I personally like to read one fiction and non-fiction book at a time. Regardless of what type of book you’re reading, letting your mind focus on the words written in the book can help you forget about any drama or negativity in your life.
If you’re reading books that help you develop as a person, those words have a lasting impact on your day. You take the words and phrases with you. This can set you up for a positive and successful day ahead.
Now, I don’t think any of these ways to start your day are difficult to implement. WE (yes, me included) can literally kick these activities off tomorrow! You don’t have to do all at once, but I challenge you to pick one or two and give it a try tomorrow. For me, I’ll be starting my day with a guided meditation for manifesting!
Do you have any bright ideas for starting your day? What is your typical morning routine? Share with the CGS community by dropping a comment below!