Three Simple Steps to Waking Up Happy

This isn't the type of blog post I usually write, but I hope you will find it useful. The past few weeks have been very stressful for me, and I recently thought of a few things I could to do instantly feel better.

1. Change Into Your Favorite Clothes

During a pandemic, it's easy to put on a comfortable T-shirt and leggings and start working on your computer. You may not be dressing the same, because you think that there is nobody to dress for. After all, you are not going to work, right?

Wrong.

You are dressing for yourself. Do your hair and put on an outfit that you would wear to work. Wear makeup, if that's your thing. The idea is to get yourself into work mode. If you wear pajamas, your brain won't take work seriously. 

2. Wake Up Earlier

Sometimes it feels like you are out of control of your schedule. In fact, I didn't even know that this was the thing bothering me until I tried to solve it. 

Wake up before everyone else in your household. If you live alone, wake up an hour before your schedule starts. I felt amazing when I started doing this. 

Here are some things to do with your extra 1-2 hours:

1. Go outside. Try to explore some part of your neighborhood you usually overlook. Nobody is out at this hour. You could do a cartwheel on the sidewalk, if you wanted.

2. Speaking of cartwheels, exercise. Personally, I like to run or jump rope. 

In general, you want to do something solitary. Most importantly, you want to do something that feels good for you. If you try going outside and exercising, and it's not for you, don't do it. This time is for what you want to do.

3. Play Music

Have a solid 10 songs that you play every morning. Actually play those songs every day. Not only will it be motivational, but it will signal your brain that this is morning, time to get up and start your day. Don't play these songs any other time throughout the day. You are trying to associate these songs with waking up and a fresh start of the day. 

Comments

  1. Three important advices to avoid depression in these unusual days: appropriate clothing, sleep hygiene, and music.
    Proper clothing gives us a sense of discipline which is necessary at least in working hours.
    Sleep hygiene is extremely important for mental as well as physical health. Getting up early in the morning calibrates our biological clock and moderates our sleep habits. Successful people have good sleep habits. An old persian proverb says "Get up early to be successful".
    And the magic of music. Pairing a particular piece of music with the start of the day is a good idea to prepare our physiologic systems for a lovely day.

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    1. I agree with your comments about sleep! I love it when I can maintain a good sleeping schedule, because it really helps my day.

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