The alarm buzzes and you’re in the zone between asleep and awake – and what you do at this moment can make a huge difference to your day.
In yoga, during the sun salutations, you’ll often hear the instructor say: “now set your intention for the day”. It’s all about creating an awareness of your thoughts, and choosing what thoughts to focus on.
Most people’s first thoughts on a workday are negative (I’ve got to get up NOW and I’m sooo tired, I’ve got to get that report done by 11am, I’ve got to go grocery shopping at lunchtime, I’ve got to go to the dentist after work) – all of which gets your mind on a negative track. And what you think about grows: so if you start your day thinking about the bad stuff you have coming up, your mind will helpfully find other bad stuff to add to the list!
So do this instead – take a couple of deep, slow breaths, and think of the day ahead, focusing on the good things that will happen today. Yes, there are bad/boring/difficult things to come (in most days), but find the good ones, then spend a few moments focusing on them, enjoying them before they even happen.
When you start the day with a positive rather than negative mindset, it changes everything. Your mood, your physical alertness, how you react to events and others, and more.
Try it tomorrow. It will make a difference, I promise!