Some mornings you may wake up feeling not so chipper. A bad dream, an issue you don’t want to deal with, or some difficulty with your partner the previous night could be the reason you are feeling down. Even if you are blessed with a good home and good health, the stresses of daily living can take their toll. Here are some tips for getting you over that morning hump so you have a good day.
1. If you are fortunate enough to share your life with someone or have friends and/or family living with you, and you happen to wake up too early, make breakfast (or at least coffee) for everyone. Couples can argue past midnight, but if your loved one wakes up with a hot cup on the nightstand, all will be forgiven.
2. I once heard it said that many heart attacks occur on Monday morning when people are on their way to jobs they hate. Well that’s one way out, but I’d suggest you start by making a plan to free yourself from this toxic wasteland you call work. If you know there is a way out, it will make the days you remain working with bad people less painful. Get your resume up online, meet with a headhunter, and talk with your friends who seem happy with their jobs. Something will come sooner than later if you just start looking. Always be professional and trust that you will get to move on soon.
3. For some people, the morning walk or run does the trick. Look, you know it will make you feel better and lessen any depression or anxiety you have going on, but sometimes it’s really hard to get out the door. I suggest preparing your clothes and shoes the night before. Walking will lengthen your life and make you feel better. I know it can be a struggle, but just thirty minutes a day, as the old saying goes, will add life to your years and years to your life.
4. If you don’t like walking alone and don’t have anyone handy, I implore you to get a dog or to borrow one. According to César Millán, the dog whisperer, doggies are happiest when they are walking. That animal will unconditionally love you forever, which will make you happier in turn. Having a pet can keep you from dying of loneliness, which research now says is a bigger threat to your health, well-being, and mood than smoking and obesity combined. Yikes!
5. Even if you are a city kid like me, there is some nature around you, and seeing it can change your perspective. Yesterday, I watched as a turtle laid her eggs, something that happens all the time but not right in my backyard. Whatever was bugging me went away. Witnessing the circle of life gave me a better outlook on my problems du jour.
These actions will get you started, and you will see improvement. Just don’t expect it on day one, and don’t try to do all at once. We each have the ability to improve our days, and it all starts with just making the next day a shade better than the day before. Have a good one!