Tweaks To Your Morning Routine To Make You Happier At Work

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The way we start the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, for a lot of us, it’s filled with stress and hectic schedules, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a few tweaks to your routine, you can boost your mood for the day and feel happier at work.

Psychologist Adjoa Osei suggests starting with asking yourself what you want your day to look like. Think small, but find things that have a big impact and make your mornings something to look forward to, not dread.

Here are some ideas experts advise trying:

  • Drink a glass of water first thing – Start hydrating as soon as you wake up to set yourself up to feel good throughout the day. Osei learned from personal experience that not drinking water in the morning negatively impacted her body later in the day and now advises her clients to drink up early, too.
  • Reclaim your time by doing something you like to do before work – Executive coach Melody Wilding explains that you feel more in control when you start your day with something of your choosing before heading into work demands. It could be yoga or meditation or even just quietly enjoying a cup of coffee.
  • Keep the stress of your commute in perspective – If traffic or train delays stress you out, try not to let those setbacks overwhelm you. We can’t control some things life throws at us, but we can take a minute to breathe to reset our nervous system to feel calm and composed again.
  • Create boundaries with the morning habits that drain you – Pay attention to what’s adding to your stress in the mornings. For a lot of us, it’s checking emails and phone-scrolling, and not doing them first thing can help. The idea is to create a buffer between energy-draining activities and the ones that energize you for the day ahead.
  • Recognize that happiness might not come from work itself – We may be looking for happiness in the wrong places, according to psychologist Cicely Horsham-Brathwaite. “Work doesn’t have to be the thing that contributes to your happiness,” she explains. “You bring your happiness to work.” She says this mindset shift helps teach us not to depend on outside forces, like a job, to feel happy.

Source: Huff Post