Daylight Saving Time just began on Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m. this year, and we as a nation (with only the exception of Arizona and Hawaii) had to “spring forward” and turn our clocks up an hour earlier.
To some people, this means that there will be more daylight in the evening for them to enjoy doing all of the things they love. For others, though, Daylight Saving Time’s beginning simply means losing an hour of precious sleep.
If you’re anything like me, I never want to get up in the morning (especially after losing an hour of sleep!). Who actually WANTS to leave a soft, cozy haven of blankets, pillows, and warmth? Not anyone I know!
In fact, the very THOUGHT of leaving your bed can sometimes set you off in a bad mood instantly!
Think about it – what is THE FIRST THING you think of whenever you wake up in the morning? Do you think, “It’s a beautiful day today, and I’m going to make the most of it,” or do you think, “Ugh, I don’t wanna get up and go to work. I hate today already,” when you wake up? If you think the latter, then you are deciding that your day is going to be rotten no matter what right then and there.
That’s right. Every single morning of your life, you have a very important choice to make: whether today will be a good day or a bad day. Your attitude and thoughts will dictate what sort of day you will experience. And yes, it CAN be a difficult choice to make (especially if you’re running late for work or forgot your wallet at home halfway to your destination), but it still IS a choice that you must make.
So why would you ever make the choice to have your day be a bad one? Bad days are horrible, and we generally do whatever we can to avoid them. Here are a few things that you can do to help yourself choose to make a better day.
Wake Up To Good Music – You know what one of the worst parts of waking up is? The alarm clock. Who wants to be awakened from a nice dream by the incessant “BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!” of the alarm clock? Not you (and probably not your alarm clock, too, if you tend to throw it)! Instead, wake up to your favorite song or to sounds that make you happy. This will help you to wake up in a better, more positive mood.
Appreciate Something Beautiful – Take a moment in your morning to look out your windows and watch the sunrise. Look at the pictures or works of art in your home that you love when you eat your breakfast. Listen to beautiful music when you get ready for work. Beauty stirs the soul and helps us to become in a better frame of mind.
Let Go of The Past – Bad things will happen sometimes in our lives. Maybe you got in an argument with your spouse the night before. Perhaps you’re not getting along well with your coworkers. Instead of stewing and mulling the negative situation over and over in your mind, do something simple to comfort yourself like eat some chocolate, drink some coffee, or take a nice, long shower. Then let it go, and move on. Your mind will thank you.
Go For a Walk – This may seem nearly impossible for some of us to do first thing in the morning. But going for a walk either by yourself, with a loved one or friend, or with your beloved furry friend will benefit you in many ways. Your body will become more toned over time, you will feel the rush of endorphins (which help make you happy!), and your mood will be improved overall. You will also have the energy you need to tackle what you need to do in your day.
Talk to Someone About Your Problems – If there’s something going on in your life that’s bothering you, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call a close friend to talk about it. You’ll feel much better after getting it off your chest. Grab your spouse and give him or her a hug. Ask for support from those around you. And don’t forget your furry friends! Even simply petting a dog or cat can lower one’s blood pressure and improve a sour or downtrodden mood.
Remember – every day has the potential to be a good day or a bad day. It’s all about your attitude and what you choose your day to be. So don’t choose to have a bad day. Make the conscious choice to have a good day first thing in the morning! You’ll be surprised how your life can improve with a positive attitude in your arsenal!