We wake up in the morning to a whole new day; another chance at a fresh start. We all know the usual rush rush rush, stress stress stress mornings. How much better it could be if we built in a few minutes to psyche ourselves up to greet the day with our best self. We’d feel better and do better.
It really doesn’t take too much. You just need some interest, a few minutes and some action steps.
So how can we optimize our day? How can we give ourselves the best shot at a good day? How can we start our day feeling strong, capable, focused, confident and ready to take it on?
Here are 6 ways to prepare yourself for the day:
Breathe – sit or lie down and take a few long deep breaths. This is a natural calmer to our internal system. Our cortisol levels go down. Be sure to do diaphragmatic (belly) breathing.
Meditate – or just sit in silence and watch your breath as it goes in and out for a few minutes. Herbert Benson’s Relaxation Response is powerful and quick.
Gratitude – think of a few things you’re grateful for and really feel them. Let the warm emotions of appreciation well up. This brings up our positive emotions; as Barbara Fredrickson calls this – “heartfelt positivity”.
Posture – practice sitting and standing with good posture. It helps create a good state of mind and affects our internal mood. Amy Cuddy, social psychologist, studies the effect of body language on how we perceive and feel about ourselves. …