How to Beat Morning Mood Stealers and Start Your Day Happy
Do you wake up with a smile on your face looking forward to the day ahead? Or do you dislike mornings? Maybe you wish you could fast forward to lunch time or some other part of the day.
If you’re bright and cheerful in the morning, congratulations. But, if that’s not the best time of the day for you, you’ll need to deal with morning mood stealers. There could be a number of reasons why you don’t feel your best in the morning. If you know what’s causing you to have grumpy mornings, that’s the first step towards taking control of the day ahead.
Let’s look at some of the morning mood stealers that can crush your joy. And what you can do about it…
A bad dream
Have you ever woken up feeling stressed from an awful dream? It was so real, you couldn’t stop thinking about it. Nasty dreams can affect your day in a negative way. Unless you take action.
Calm down, relax and do something to take your mind off the dream.
- Play uplifting music.
- Go for an early morning walk to clear your head.
- Tell someone about your dream. Sharing it takes away the stress.
- Do some simple exercises. It releases stress and gives you an adrenaline rush.
- Smile, it will change your mood. Smiling releases neuropeptides, which fights off stress and promotes happiness.
Debts are a major morning joy killer. As soon as you wake up, you remember the unpaid, overdue bills piling up. You want to cover your head and hide under the duvet. Your bed feels like a safe shelter, away from your problems. But hiding away won’t make your debts vanish. Start taking action and take control of your life.
- Admitting you have a debt problem is the first step to sorting it out.
- Contact a debt management company. There are trustworthy free ones such as Step Change and CAP (Christians Against Poverty. Your local Citizens Advice Bureau and some banks also offer financial advice and management.
- Discuss it with a close family member or friend. A problem shared is a problem half solved.
- Don’t borrow money (especially from payday loan companies) to pay off your debt. That will get you in more debt.
- Pay £2 to get a credit report from Equifax, Experian or Callcredit to see what’s in your credit file. Then work towards sorting out your credit history.
A previous argument
It’s horrible when you wake up with the memory of an argument on your mind. It simmers in your head and it’s hard to shift. This can mess up your mood and spoil the day ahead.
- Apologise to the person you argued with. It doesn’t matter whether you were in the wrong or not. It takes two to argue.
- Go for a coffee or a meal together to discuss why you argued. Talking involves actively listening without interrupting, to get your point across.
- Be humble. Take responsibility and if you were wrong, admit it.
- Hug and make up. Life’s too short to hold grudges and bad feelings.
- Don’t go to bed angry.
Lack of sleep
Your body needs at least eight hours sleep to work properly. Otherwise, you could wake up feeling tired and grumpy. Also, if you’re tired in the morning you won’t perform properly throughout the day.
- Don’t sleep with your TV on. It will stimulate your mind. Listen to calming music instead or do a few relaxation exercises to unwind before going to sleep.
- Your room should be dark to promote a good night’s sleep. Use heavy curtains or black-out blinds to keep the light out.
- Turn off your iPad, mobile phone and computer before going to bed. If your phone is on, your brain will subconsciously expect someone to text or call you. Plus, you may be tempted to go on Facebook or check emails on your iPad.
- Don’t eat a big meal at nights as it takes longer to digest. Also, cut the amount of alcohol and caffeine you drink.
The most important thing about any morning is, you woke up and you’re alive. So, be thankful to God, smile, look forward to the day ahead and enjoy it. No problem is too big that it can’t be sorted out. Blast away those morning blues and plan for your future.
“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.” ~ Dalai Lama
Over to you now…
How do you cope with bad morning moods? Or are you usually bright and cheerful in the mornings? I would love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.