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Start Your Day Brilliantly To Change Your Life for the Better

Start your day brilliantly

Start your day brilliantly


AuthorMelissa Eisler

Stay Unplugged from Tech

If the first thing you do when you is check your  for messages or work email, you are doing yourself a disservice. You are immediately cultivating a reactive mindset, instead of a proactive one, which will cause you to start your day in a defensive state, rather than a place of and control.

Instead, try remaining technology for the first hour of your day so you can begin your day with present-moment awareness and a positive focus.

Practice Optimism and Gratitude

Before you even , give yourself a few minutes to smile and practice gratitude. When you smile, it signals your brain to release the feel-good (, , and ), which lift your mood, relax your body, and lower your . Who wouldn’t want to start their day on this positive note?

As you smile, start to what you’re grateful for. Studies have shown practicing gratitude reduces stress hormones and improves mood, among other benefits. So, adding a simple daily gratitude practice is a great way to kick-start your morning.

Begin by taking one minute in bed before you rise to reflect on one person and one opportunity you are grateful for in your life.

Make Your Bed

It may seem like , unimportant, or unnecessary (you’re just going to use it again ), but making your bed is a simple action you can take that makes you start your day feeling accomplished—and what better tone to set than a sense of pride and accomplishment? Taking charge and completing simple tasks will give you the foundation to take on more and more throughout the day.

Meditate to Start Your Day Brilliantly

Incorporating some type of practice like  into your daily morning routine can help ground you and train your mind and emotions, which then influences how you challenges throughout your day.

During your meditation is also a great time to set your intention for the day. When you get clear on how you want your day to go or what you want to feel or accomplish, you can make clear decisions that create the life you truly want to live.


Whether it’s a simple yoga routine, a brisk walk with your pet, a quick set of sit-ups and push-ups, or hitting the gym to work off last night’s meal, starting off your day with movement energizes the body and the mind. Determine what kind of exercise is right for you and schedule it. It doesn’t have to be complicated, long, or intense, but having some sort of in the morning will get your blood flowing and help quiet any . You can even switch up what kind of exercise you do every day to keep your routine interesting.

Put Yourself Together

Putting time and effort into your helps build self-confidence. When you feel “put together,” it is one less thing to throughout your day.

So, shower, wash your face, brush your teeth, floss, comb your hair, dress to impress, and apply any other hygiene/grooming habits that make you about yourself. This may involve picking out your clothes the night before (especially if you are short on time in the morning) or ironing your clothes—whatever makes you feel like you are taking care of your health, looking presentable, and feeling confident.

Eat a

You’ve most likely heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you make time to eat a healthy breakfast (, healthy fats, and whole grains), you’ll have more energy throughout the day and a stronger ability to focus and concentrate.

Have a “To-Do” List Ready to Conquer

Take a few minutes to write down a “to-do” list for the day ahead. Then prioritize it so your day’s list has only 3 to 5 items on it—ranked in order of priority to make sure you tackle the most pressing things first.

Writing down your “to-do’s” instead of keeping them floating around in your mind helps clear mental chatter. You also give yourself a when you know what you need to get done. And there is something satisfying about crossing off tasks on your list—it really cultivates a sense of accomplishment.

Get Enough Restful Sleep

This last one isn’t a habit for your morning exactly … however, before you can hope to implement new, healthy morning habits, you should have the foundation of a well-rested body and mind. The way you feel while you’re awake is dependent in part on your sleep habits. If you’ve been feeling groggy, irritable, or exhausted, you may not be getting enough quality sleep.

During sleep, your body is working to support healthy and maintain your . In fact, sleep plays such a vital role in your physical well-being, , and that ongoing (the amount varies by individual, but typically this means less than 6 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night) can have adverse effects on your health—and how well you think, react, work, learn, and others.

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