Do you ever look in the mirror in the morning and just know that it’s just not your day? Sometimes, it’s okay to have bad days. But don’t make that a habit. If you wake up on the wrong side of the bed in the morning, here are a few fool-proof ways to slay the day and turn those bad vibes around:
Wake up earlier
Waking up earlier than your usual wake-up time can boost your productivity by tenfold. Instead of getting up at 8 or 9 am, try rising one hour earlier. Set your alarm an hour or half an hour earlier each time until you can wake up easily at 5 or 6 AM every day.
Squeeze in a workout
Exercising first thing in the morning is not appealing to many, but working out in the morning can release endorphins into your bloodstream that will make your mood brighter for the rest of the day. Before eating breakfast, try squeezing in a one-hour workout into your morning routine. By doing so, you can clear your head of negative thoughts, decrease your stress levels, and give you renewed energy to conquer the day.
Stretch your muscles
Most people don’t recognize the importance of stretching in the morning. Stretching can decrease muscle stiffness, help relieve muscle aches, improve posture, induce relaxation, and more. Hence, try incorporating a ten-minute stretching routine after you get out of bed.
Make your bed
Making your bed is the first task that you can check off your mental to-do list for the day. It may seem trivial, but making your bed is a good habit to have. Not only are you motivating yourself to get something done first thing in the morning, but you are also preparing a made bed for your future self.
Invest in a skincare routine
Slay today’s look with an awesome morning skincare routine. Most people wash their face and call it quits, but is that really enough to keep your skin fresh and healthy? Try adding moisturizing and toning steps to your morning routine. While you’re at it, it won’t hurt to add a serum or an eye cream, too. In any case, a morning skincare routine will have you leaving the house looking super fresh.
Check your calendar
To keep things organized, keep your calendar regularly updated. Write down the most important tasks for the day that you need to accomplish, but don’t forget the little things as well. Then, check your calendar every morning to see what you need to achieve for the day. Doing so can give you the motivation boost that you would need to conquer your daily tasks.
Look good, feel good
Looking good can mean different things for different people. Some people want to wear makeup to look good, while some are okay with going al natural. Either way, the most important thing is to make yourself look good in your own eyes, and feel good while doing it.
Sometimes, we encounter setbacks as we go about our day. We can’t help it. Missed the bus to work? Spilled coffee all over your desk? Forgot an important deadline for the day? Before you start blaming yourself and get even more stressed, sit back and take a breather. Accept your mistakes and remember your goals for the day. Once you’ve realigned yourself, bounce back! Smile, pick yourself back up and continue conquering your day.
Drink more water
Drink a glass of water when you wake up, with every meal, before falling asleep, and at intermittent hours throughout the day. Keeping yourself hydrated will give you more energy and stave off the effects of dehydration. If you can’t remember to drink water, set an alarm every hour or so to remind you to take a sip.
Dedicate more time to yourself
It sounds selfish, but setting aside “me” time can actually make you a better parent, sibling, child, and friend. Dedicate at least an hour of time to yourself so you can rest, catch up on a show or book, work on your hobby or skill, and simply enjoy your own time. Don’t feel guilty about it, too–remember that everyone needs time to recharge themselves.
Slay your day with an awesome outfit
Dressing up for the day can give you the key to unlocking the confidence hidden underneath your usual clothes. Instead of wearing the same dress shirt to work twice this week, why not wear that dress that you’ve been saving for a special occasion? How about those pumps that you’ve been planning to break in for a few weeks now? And why not give those tighter-than-usual pants a try?
Spending a minute or two on your outfit choices may seem not like a viable option for most people. But imagine how better your day will go if you look good, feel confident, and get compliments left and right with your outfit of the day.
If you don’t have enough time in the morning to decide what to wear, lay them all out on Sundays before the week starts. Not only will you have more time to style yourself, but you won’t have to rifle through your closet for clothes now.
Reduce your screen time
There’s no harm in watching an episode or two or scrolling through your social media feeds for a few minutes, but make sure to limit yourself with your screen time. Otherwise, you may waste the entire day watching TV or checking your feeds–and before you know it, you don’t have any more time for more important things.
After a long day of conquering your school, work, or the tasks at home, head to bed and try to sleep earlier. By doing so, you are giving your body enough time to recuperate for tomorrow’s slaying.
Slaying the day is 50% motivation and 50% action. With no motivation to better yourself each and every day, there will be little to no action to turn your goals into achievements. With each day that you encounter, these tips can help you conquer it with your head held up high and your mind ready for any obstacle.