Learn how to start each day in a great mood so you stay on top of your goals. Learn how it can affect your weight loss efforts and improve your life.
Some days we wake up and the world is wonderful! Birds are chirping, energy is high and a smile is plastered our faces! And some days, just like in a cartoon, we have a dark rainy cloud hanging over our head before we have even had the chance to experience anything.
The first few minutes of our morning can impact our mood and how we perceive the day, which then reflect on how we achieve or don’t achieve our goals. Sleep has a lot to do with our morning mood and I cannot stress enough how getting a good sleep is crucial to achieving your weight loss goals and well being. But we must face the world no matter the quality if our rest. Life is truly too short to go through our days as a grump.
What you will achieve by starting your morning with this exercise:
• Improved mood
• Weight loss: connection with our bodies which assists in our eating habits and staying on top of our goals
• Relieving stress, further supporting weight loss and well being
• Waking up our digestive system
• Increased energy
This mood enhancing exercise takes no longer than 10 minutes. Everyone can put aside 10 minutes of your morning to ensure a happy, energetic, connected you!
How to do it
•Upon waking (before we reach for our phones and allow in the influences of the busy, busy world wide web) preform 10 deep breaths while stretching out our body. This allows our minds to connect with our bodies and get in tuned with our bodies need.
• Breathe in positivity, happiness and energy. Exhale out anything that has been affecting your mood or on your mind and doing you no good and serving you no purpose. Repeat this at least 10 times.
• Raise your arms above your head and stretching as high up towards the sky as you can then slowly tilting over to the left and right a couple times.
• Then exhaling into a forward fold letting your head hang.
When you feel you’ve reached a sense of calm and lightness, return to standing.
•Next if you’re comfortable, find a mirror to repeat a couple of your chosen affirmations (see below). If you’re not up for doing the mirror work, just say your affirmations aloud while stretching. This will help set your intention for the day.
Why this is important:
By becoming in tune with your body you are more aware of your bodies needs especially when it comes to eating and knowing when you’ve eaten enough.
As humans, when we say something out loud it holds much more power then just thinking it. By saying your affirmations out loud and setting your goals for the day, you’ve made a statement, a promise to yourself to stay true to your word.
If you find yourself stressed throughout the day, find a quiet space to repeat this exercise or take a few minutes to preform 10 deeps breaths.
In 10 minutes you’ve relived your body of stress, slowly allowed your body to waken, set your goals for the day and are ready to take on the world. . . . . .in a great mood!
*Note- You get what you give when it comes to practicing these exercises. If you just go through the motions without being physically and mentally present you will not reap the benefits. You’re spending the time doing it, so might as well make it count!
I am grateful for my healthy body.
I approve myself.
I will reach and exceed all my goals because I love myself and am worthy of happiness and eternal love.
I now free myself from destructive fears and doubts.
Today I will only put nutritious healthy foods into my body and In return, my body will supply me with an abundance of energy.
Today is going to be a great day.
Every experience I have is perfect for my growth.
I choose to feel good about myself each day.
Every morning I remind myself that I can make the choice to feel good.
I handle my own life with joy and ease.
Life brings only good experiences.
If none of these connect with you, try to think of your own. If you’re stuck you can find more examples here.
Self-respect, self-worth, and self-love all start with self. Stop looking outside of yourself for your value.