Good morning, gentlemen. No? It’s not a good morning? Ask yourself why you might be grumpy. Maybe it is as simple as you didn’t get enough sleep. Or do you have a tough day ahead at work? Big presentation to a prospective client, perhaps? Or are you facing a miserable midterm at school and you don’t feel you studied enough? Perhaps one of your kids is facing a tryout, or test, or it’s the day all dads dread – your eldest child is getting his or her learner’s permit? Well, the chances are that if you are convinced you are going to have a bad day, you probably will, so why not change your mindset with some simple steps to turn your day around?

I don’t have any extra time in the morning, so…

Believe it or not, you don’t need a whole lot of extra time to develop a more positive physical and mental routine. And you can even accomplish some of this the night before so you wake up with a more positive attitude.

OK, I will try it – what do you suggest?

Here are a few ideas to make your outlook more positive:

  • Set priorities. This is one of the things you could do the night before – think of three things you want to get accomplished on a given day and make a plan to succeed rather than focusing on how you could fail.
  • Make contingency plans. Once you know what you want to achieve, think of “plan B” in the event something happens and you can’t fulfil those goals. It may be just knowing what could prevent success. It may be thinking of how to deal with illness or traffic.
  • Get going. In addition to waking up in the morning, showering, brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue with your TUNG Brush and Gel, have a healthy breakfast, even if it is on the go, for the energy you will need to start your day right.
  • Get physical. A brisk walk or moderate workout before you start your day will help your body AND your mind to focus and endure. If you don’t have time, how about taking  a walk at lunchtime to re-energize for the afternoon?
  • Reward yourself. Think of something you really would like to do or indulge in at the end of your powerful and positive day. It might be something as simple as renting that movie you have wanted to see or spending some quiet time with a good book. But try to have some quality time alone or with family before you face the next day.

Don’t forget, by the way, if you really are afraid you might blow that test or presentation, your doubts may come across to others, so how about feeling better about yourself, your day, and your challenges! Now, as the saying goes, “Have a good day!”

The Power of a Morning Routine