Let’s be real, life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. But ultimately, we’re each in control of how we process life and how we respond, and that starts with our morning routine.
For many of us, mornings can be quite chaotic — we wake up to our alarm clocks only to immediately go straight to our stressful to-do list. Or, maybe we find ourselves reaching for our phones and scrolling through stressful news. Let’s not forget about the rush to get ready for the day — phew, we’re already feeling anxious just talking about it.
Enter morning mood boosting hacks. By taking a few moments to center and bring on some zen, you can set the tone for a calmer, more relaxed day with some serious positive vibes.
Get ready to learn the hacks you need to tackle the day with positivity, no matter what the rest of the day throws at you.
Here are 5 Mood Boosting Hacks to Use To Make Every Day Your Best
#1 Take a Few Moments for Meditation — Even 30 Seconds
You don’t have to be the yogi type to reap the benefits of even a minute of daily meditation. Nearly everyone from athletes to thought-leaders to fitness trainers recommends meditation and for good reason — meditating even briefly lowers stress, anxiety, and boosts emotional wellbeing.
Ready to get a meditation practice started? Check out our starter guide here.
#2 Head Outside First Thing
Living our lives largely inside our homes, cars, and offices can have a direct impact on our mood and health by disconnecting us from our natural circadian rhythm. A free, quick way to turn this around? Get outside in the morning — take your coffee, listen to a podcast, or simply use that quiet time to reflect and rest your mind before your day begins.
#3 Keep a Gratitude Journal
What we focus on expands. If you’re looking for the negative, there’s plenty of it to focus on. We prefer to start our days by dwelling on what’s going right, not wrong. A simple way to do this? Keep a journal somewhere handy like by your bed or where you have your coffee each morning.
Take just 30 seconds or so to jot down 5-10 things you’re grateful for (your coffee, a good night’s sleep, how you’re having a great hair day — nothing’s too small.)
#4 Reduce Your Scroll-Time
If your phone is your alarm clock and spends the night within arm’s reach of you, you’re that much more likely to start your day by scrolling. Pass on that immediate hit of stressful news, those potentially-anxiety-provoking texts, and emails, etc. and just get rid of it entirely!
Charge your phone another room and enact a no phone rule for the first 30 minutes up to several hours after waking up. It’s a simple but powerful mood boosting hack that you’ll immediately feel the effects of.
#5 Fuel Your Body Right
You already know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but make sure it’s a wholesome breakfast that starts your day on an invigorating, healthy note.
Need some inspo? Here are some of our favorite breakfast options to start the day.
- Green juice
- Green smoothie (can be made with berries, banana, almond milk, and a handful of dark leafy greens).
- A savory grains and veggies bowl
Need more breakfast ideas? Check out these 5 high-protein breakfasts.
Start Your Day Off On The Best Possible Note!
It’s true — we can’t control what happens in the outside world, but we can all control the mood boosting hacks and techniques we use each morning.
Use one or all five of these morning mood boosting hacks to set yourself up for a more positive day from the moment your alarm goes off. And don’t forget to share with a friend who may need a morning mood boost too!