Trying to feel positive ALL OF THE TIME is hard. The older you get the more you find yourself swerving those life curve-balls and the more you find being an adult isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Whether you’re deciding your next career move, dealing with impostor syndrome, battling those bill payments or trying to save for your next adventure, life is tough, and you know what, it’s OK to admit that.
There are a few top tips for battling those blues and for us here at House of Coco, it’s how you start your day. Every day is different, and there’s a slim chance you’ll find yourself jumping out of bed every morning with an enthusiastic smile, so to successfully wear your positive pants all day, why not follow these 10 small steps…
Get enough sleep
Having a positive day can often be enhanced by having a good night’s sleep. Put your phone on aeroplane mode to avoid an interrupted night and get the recommended 8 hours sleep. It’s a simple one to start with but oh wow is it effective.
Think of your outfit the night before
When time is on your side it can help your morning routine, and when your outfit is strong, it can help how you go forth and attack your day. As you fall asleep have a think about what you have on the following day, is it a jeans and T-shirt day or do you need your girl boss attire? Having a rough outfit idea will help you breeze through the getting ready process and a good outfit, well that always has a positive effect on us here at House of Coco.
Have a good breakfast
A healthy breakfast to fuel you through the morning is vital; keep the protein higher and the sugar low. Wholegrain toast and scrambled eggs are always a winner!
The thought of a 6am run can fill you with dread, however, once it’s done, you’ll find yourself surprisingly ready to attack the day. Don’t stress, it doesn’t have to be a mega mile run, just move your body. Be it a brisk walk, a HIIT session or a yoga class, get that blood pumping!
Keep your bedroom clean
A tidy room = a tidy mind. It’s true! Keep your room fresh and free of clutter, waking up to it will help you stay stress free.
Avoid social media
Try not to head straight for your phone. Instead, wake up at the sound of your alarm, look out the window, make a coffee, have a stretch. Just take in the ‘now’ before you get online.
Send some love
Tell your significant other that you love them, send a nice text to your mum or best friend. Start the morning by sharing some love and enjoy it throughout the day as it comes back to you.
Set daily goals
When you’re in the shower take that 10 minutes to think of the most important things you must do that day. Whether it’s a work to-do list or an important phone call to a relative, just make some mental notes about the things you need to focus on that day.
If you’re in a relationship, having sex in the morning is a huge benefit. It releases the feel-good chemical oxytocin which means you’ll be smiling from ear to ear all day long. It also makes you feel bonded as a couple for the rest of the day. So why not set your alarm a little earlier and enjoy a morning workout rather than hitting snooze.
Listen to your favourite playlist
Listen to an upbeat sound track, a song that reminds you of a happy time or a motivational podcast to get your morning on a positive path.