“The best part about life? Every morning you have a new opportunity to become a happier version of youself.”
(found on Instagram and Pinterest)
Think about it. Once the day is over (whether that day is your work day or the wakeful day) you leave work or crawl into bed, and when the alarm goes off the next morning, you have the opportunity to “get up on the right side of bed” (the positive side) and set your mind to be happier than you were yesterday.
Today won’t be like yesterday, nor will it be like any other yesterdays that have happened in your life. The things that happened, the news that affected you, and the people who crossed your path yesterday won’t pass your day in the same way as they did yesterday. And those people who you let irritate you and drag you down yesterday, may not even cross your path yesterday.
However, you can take actions each morning to start your day off on a more positive note.
What do I do???
When I was a kid, my mother expected me to get up and get dressed. If it was a school day, I needed to dress in what the time deemed as school clothes and not play clothes. Yes, that means that I wore a dress or skirt to school almost every day, (On rare occasions, I wore the late 60s, early 70s pant suit – more than likely one that I had made.) AND I got up and got dressed on Saturday and Sunday.
It seemed ridiculous to me until I went away to college. Then, I was on my own to choose what I wanted to wear. If I woke up tired and fatigued and just pulled on sweatpants or “old” holey jeans, my day proceeded to drag along. However, if I at least paid attention to dressing nicely and caring about how I looked, my day went by faster and I seemed to maintain a better mood.
Now that I work from home, there are days where I have allowed myself to work in my PJs. I just don’t get anything done, nor do I feel energetic about anything.
Sometimes, when I wake up on a morning that follows an extremely difficult day, I talk to myself. Don’t raise your eyebrows at me like that. It’s ok to talk to yourself – It’s when you ask yourself “Huh?” that it becomes questionable.
What do I say to myself?
“Glad that’s over.”
“Well, hopefully today will be better.”
Or I look in the mirror and smile at myself.
On a final note, if a day, week, or even night from sleep deprivation seems too much, I sit down and write. I keep my own semblance of a “Bullet Journal” – something that I started long before the bullet journal became a thing. I called it my one notebook. One notebook for everything: that day’s to do checklist, coming events, brainstorming, notes for classes, notes from appointments and activities. But on mornings that I need to get out of a less than happier attitude, I sit and write about everything bothering me. As I write, my stress dwindles and a “happier version of myself” begins to emerge.
What do you do in the morning to have a better attitude and be happier than you were yesterday?