You have heard, I am sure, that how we wake up sets the tone for the day. That goes for both how well we sleep, and also for what feeling or attitude we have when we open our pretty little eyes.
We may be tired, or crabby or dread what we have to do in the day ahead. Our forehead is wrinkled, our mouth downturned, grumbling – who wants to get out of bed feeling like that? And who wants to be with a person like that? No, thanks.
But we get to make a better choice: to be intentional about how we decide to feel for the rest of our day. Ask “Is this how I really want to spend this day – miserable, unhappy, feeling like a slug?” If you are dreading what you need to do, here is another option. Rather than think about what we have to do, reframe that to what we get to do. That puts us right into gratitude – for our breaths, our vision, our heartbeat, or brain waves – all those things we totally take for granted but that give us life. With being grateful we can tell ourselves “I decide to have fun today no matter what, to be kind today no matter if someone is unkind to me, to send love to someone we may not like but who really needs a hug. “Be aware of how you feel when you make that switch – you automatically smile, breathe lighter, look cuter! People then want to be with you rather than with a dreadful grump.
And here is a little tip – when you wake up first thing, before you comb your hair or brush your teeth, with your tussled mop, mushy face and bleary eyes, and look full force into the mirror and say out loud: “You are lookin’ good!” You cannot help but to laugh!
Your Action: choose your best word for your intention for the day, make a little sticky note and put it where you will see it often. Live this day with intention – you get to choose.