Waking up in a bad mood will pretty much guarantee that you will face challenges and obstacles from sunup to sundown. This article lays out ideas for vastly improving your mood, and just how to go about using them.
The Benefits of Going to Bed Happy, Not Mad
- Go to bed happy and appreciative for everything that happened in your day and you’ll feel relaxed and stress-free in the morning.
- It will improve your quality of sleep, increase your productivity for the next days’ worth of work, give you an increase in energy the next day, and even allow you to make healthier choices such as eating well (studies show that when you’re angry, depressed or stressed, you’ll be more likely to eat high-carb and high-sugar foods).
Why You Should Focus on a Consistent Nighttime Schedule
- Focus on a strict nighttime schedule so that you’ll always feel refreshed and rested each morning.
- Start going to bed an hour earlier than you’re used to, and wake up an hour earlier. If you normally go to bed at 10pm, go to bed at 9pm, etc.
- Give yourself quality time each night, as opposed to just “zoning out” while watching TV.
- Make your routine personalized, and do something that relaxes you so that you never go to bed angry. Focus on any activity that allows you to wind down and de-stress.
Nighttime Rituals for Improving Your Odds of Waking Up Happy
- Take a bubble bath, write in your journal, or play some meditation or classical music.
- Turn off the TV at least one hour before going to bed.
- If you love to cook, make sure that you stop eating at least two to three hours before going to bed (eating too late can cause insomnia).
- Take a hot shower, and visualize the clean, pure water that comes cascading down on your back and neck as replenishing you from your stress and anxiety. As you wash yourself clean, imagine the dirt coming off of your body as the stress, weight and worry of your day rinsing down the drain, and in the process, become replenished and invigorated.
- Read something positive right before going to bed (no more late-night TV).
- Put a few drops of your favorite relaxing scent on your pillow, such as eucalyptus, lemon or lavender.
- Get rid of any work papers that are in your bedroom. They don’t belong there! Keep anything work-related (that includes your cellphone that has work emails or reminder notes) in a designated office space in your home; if you don’t have one, keep them confined to your briefcase. Studies show that doing work in bed promotes more anxiety, and if you’re making a habit of reading or writing emails late at night, you’re never turning yourself “off” from the stress and giving yourself a chance to unwind and rest.
When you set your day up for success by having a positive attitude and giving yourself a strict nighttime routine to help you unwind and reflect, you’ll prevent yourself from waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Apply these tips in order to wake up joyful, grateful and happy every morning!