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how-to: set up A GET-OUTTA-BED HAPPINESS routine

Nikki Yazxhi


{and get help avoid the ‘getting-out-of bed-dread’}!

Yep, what we do before our day really begins, matters, in a good way, prepping us for a good day.

Here’s how to make that happen:
1. Try an affirmation. It may sound a little out there, but studies back the idea that regular, positive affirmations can help combat stress and boost problem-solving skills. If you’re not sure where to start, try something straightforward. “I choose to have a great day,” is a good one, or something along the lines of, “I choose to release the frustration I have around work.” Both are simple and action-oriented.

2. While getting ready, focus on your breathing. Again, studies bear out that mindfulness meditation — a spiritual practice that’s become increasingly mainstream – can lessen stress and anxiety, but finding time to do it is tough. While you’re putting on make-up, or brushing your teeth or hair, breathe in for five seconds, hold for five seconds, then release for five seconds. It’s a good chance to “check-in on your anxiety levels,” and to “tap back into the breath”.

3. Time yourself… As in get out the stopwatch app and track how long it takes you to get out the door, from the minute you open your eyes. {We all have a tendency to underestimate the length of time it takes us to complete tasks.}

4. … then give yourself an extra 15 minutes, that is. Once you’ve got a more realistic sense of how long it takes you to get going, promptly cut yourself some slack by adding an additional 15 minutes of padding into your getting-ready routine. Far too many people make the mistake of giving themselves no wiggle room, then having to fly – frantically – through their mornings. Scheduling in just 15 extra minutes lowers your stress levels, allows time for handling the unexpected, and gives you the opportunity to get a bit of nourishment. That doesn’t mean you give up any precious ZZZs: For every 15 minutes that you bump up your wake time, tack on an extra 30 minutes of sleep the night before. Relatively subtle nudges in both directions can make a big difference in how calm you feel when you walk out the door.

5. Listen to a happy mix. Or, a “positive perception playlist.” Put together whatever music it is that makes you feel really upbeat, music snobs be damned, then play it while you’re taking your morning shower, brewing coffee or commuting. Listening to songs that make you smile immediately puts you in a more cheerful frame of mind … which makes you more likely to smile at people … which sets off a chain reaction of positivity.

6. Pack ahead. Ugh, this one. It’s so unappealing to think about the next morning after a long day, when you finally have five blissful moments of peace before you pass out in your jeans. Try to pack your lunch, and possibly even your breakfast, the night before, and  you’ll save time, money and kilojoules. You won’t end up saying, ‘Oh well, I’ll just pick something up on the way to work, or while running errands’ {and end up with not-so-healthy choices}. Planning outsmarts our impulsive brain.

7. Stretch. Researchers argue that morning exercise can help improve energy and productivity, but if that’s just simply not you, you can still reap some benefits from just a few minutes of stretching. For example, do some leg lifts while waiting for the kettle to boil or coffee machine to heat up. Getting energy flowing physically will help set you up – and you don’t even have to put your sports bra on.

{Source: Huffington Post}


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