On my adventure to lead a more positive life/outlook, I’ve started mentally preparing myself for the day not by groans of exhaustion but rather cheers of joy. Well I’m exaggerating a little bit; waking up at ungodly hours to go to school is definitely not something to cheer about. However, getting into the mindset “I can do this let’s tackle the day” makes the day just a little bit more bearable.
When I wake up, I do not let myself dwell on how crappy the day may be, how I don’t want to be at school, etc. I try to think positive things such as “it’s going to be a good day” because just starting on the right foot makes a difference. In some point in my daily morning routine, I do a little quick dance to hype myself up. When I arrive in the parking lot, I’m getting into the habit of saying a prayer (albeit it’s kinda quick since I run late sometimes) before I get out of the car.
Honestly, adding these small but powerful elements into my mornings have helped me be less unhappy. Starting the morning on a cynical note just makes things seem more dour if/when something distasteful happens during the day. Don’t get me wrong; sometimes I do wake up and feel like a ball of crap. But nobody is going to pick me up. I got to pick myself up and get going. And if I need to do cheesy things to get going, I will do it. I’m tired of dreading the day. It’s time to face it.