Our morning mood sets the tone for the rest of our day.

Most of us immediately grab our phones when we wake up. Then after some scrolling, maybe migrate from the bed to the couch and watch some Netflix while burying leftovers for breakfast. 

Isolation doesn’t mean we have to be idle. This “downtime” we have can be a gift if we utilize it correctly. 

So without further ado, here are some things we have tried to set ourselves up for success every day.

Wake up slow. Just like the famous Jack Johnson song. Instead of grabbing the phone, try taking 10 deep breaths before getting up, or practicing one of these breathing exercises. The increased oxygen will keep you from falling back to sleep, and you’ll start the day feeling peaceful and in control. 

But first, gratitude. After your breaths, grab a cup of your favorite morning beverage and sit comfortably. In a dedicated notebook, write down at least 5 things you are grateful for today. We can’t express enough how powerful this practice can be for your mental wellbeing. It will really transform the way you go about your day. 

Stick to the plan. After your gratitude practice, list a few things you want to accomplish for the day. You don’t have to make a full-blown schedule (unless that’s your thing), but setting some intentions is the best way to keep yourself in check. Make sure you give yourself a few easy (and fun) things to check off the list. Ours looks a little like this:

  • Write for at least one hour
  • Skateboard for 30 minutes
  • Meditate for 20 minutes
  • Wash hands at least 5 times
  • Walk Clyde (he’s a dog) for 30 minutes

When all else fails, smile. The effects of smiling can’t be understated. Putting on a grin boosts feel-good chemicals in the brain and has a positive effect on your overall mood. They’re also contagious (in a good way). Everyone could use a little boost right now and smiling is the easiest way to improve everyone’s mood around you.