Life is not a dang box of chocolates, Forrest. It isn’t all rosy either. It is inevitable that I get in a rut mentally about every three months. It’s not extremely noticeable for an outside viewer, but here on the inside, there is a change in pace.
I get down and mopy. I feel defeated and as if life isn’t going the direction I would like. Sometimes I have even managed to convenience myself that I am a failure. Which I know deep down, I am not. I am determined to have an entire year where I feel the opposite of that. I want to feel on top of my game and in control (the Lord knows we’re never in control). Lol. It’s nice to dream right.
I’ve been working hard to find a solution to this gloomy attitude that likes to sneak up on me and I am going to share with you what works for me. And no I’m not going to give you a list of medications. Haha! Okay, and no offense to those that take them. I just think that depending on the individual, they’re not always needed. At the end of the day listen to yourself… and your doctor. Ok, let’s get back to what works for me that makes me feel successful and motivated (naturally).
The Keys To A Successful Day.
WAKE UP EARLY
The way you live out your mornings has a BIG impact on your whole entire day! I have noticed that the earlier I get up and get going, the better my day is going to be. You have the entire day in front of yourself to overcome whatever life throws at you.
MAKE YOUR BED IN THE MORNING
I know that your day is busy busy, but let me tell ya… this works! It may be tedious (really it’s not that bad), but once it becomes a habit it is a piece of cake. It is the first task of the day! There is just something about getting your bed made in the morning that wakes you up. Not to mention, coming home to your bed made after a stressful day.
Like Admiral William H. McRaven states in his speech, Change the World by Making Your Bed, “if you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and will encourage you to do another task and another and another and by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”
What you put into your body is what you get out. And no, I’m not speaking literally lol. However, it is true… Okay. Okay back to what I was saying. Your body needs fuel. More specifically, your brain needs fuel! That little phrase, hmm what was it…? Oh yeah, “brain food”. That phrase is true.
In our brains “the frontal lobes are so sensitive to drops in glucose, in fact, that a change in mental function is one of the primary signals of nutrient deficiency.” Your brain needs healthy fats, proteins, and amino acids. A well-balanced meal can be a game changer when it comes to a good or bad day.
GET UP AND MOVE
Exercise is an essential part of being motivated and staying motivated. I always notice how much more mental energy I have after a workout. It’s like a second wind! When it comes to school and work, I know that if I get some exercise in I will have a positive outlook throughout the challenges that come along with both.
DONT SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Don’t let the little things get you down. I know all to well that I am guilty of this, however, it’s really important not to let it pull you down. Brush it off and move on. It’ll buff out.
You know you have heard your momma tell you, “You need to drink more water!” Well like most situations, momma knows best. Your body will thank you later and so will your skin! It promotes a fresh hydrated and clean face! And who doesn’t feel confident when their face is clear??
So remember to have a good day and start it off right. Success is at your fingertips.
The keys are in your hands.