At some point, you’re bound to hit a rough patch. That’s just how life goes—up and down. Due to this, it’s easy to fall into a rut of stress and grumpiness. And when you’re stuck there, it’s difficult to get out. Everything builds up, making waves of anxiety or anger or bitterness. Anyone can forget to step back and look at the bigger picture. And just like that, you’ve lost your focus, and all you can think of is the negative. Therefore, it’s a must to start your day off right. So here are some tips for creating a morning routine that cultivates a positive attitude.
1. Get enough sleep.
Just about everyone gets cranky when they don’t get enough sleep. The solution? Get to bed earlier. You’ll thank yourself in the morning. Have too much to do? Try slimming your to-do list down. You’ll find that by taking unnecessary responsibilities off your shoulders, you’ll be relieved of some stress.
2. Take some time to read your Bible + talk to God.
I try to prioritize this every morning. I’ve found that sitting down and spending some time with God can greatly help me refocus. I remember to keep God as my goal, and he graces me with a joyful attitude. Give him your heart, and he’ll give you his.
3. Listen to worship music on the way to work + continue praying.
A woman from my church suggested this in a small group after our service. It’s one of the ways she keeps herself in fellowship with God, and I think it’s an excellent way to begin your day.
We all have our own style of music that we use to worship God. Grab some of yours and put it on in your car. While you’re on your way to work, sing along or continue your conversation with God.
4. Eat breakfast + stay hydrated.
First of all, I have to admit that I struggle with this one. As with the not-enough-sleep issue, it’s easy to get cranky if you’re in need of nourishment. When I work a normal shift, I usually don’t eat until three or four hours after I’ve gotten up. While there are obviously other contributing factors, it seems like that’s part of the reason why I struggle with maintaining a positive attitude at work. As a result, I’ve been trying to eat something, even if it’s small, before my shift.
5. Pick a key verse or phrase to keep you on track.
This is probably my favorite. I’ll pick a verse or phrase, quite often from what I’ve read in my Bible, and I’ll try to remind myself of it. Some verses I’ve used are Proverbs 15:1 and 15:18, Philippians 2:14, and Hebrews 2:12-13. Doing this helps me to shift my focus of the day from myself to God. Consequently, I have a more positive attitude.
If there’s one thing I’d have you take away from this post, it’d be to always keep God first. He is your goal, and he will give you the joyful spirit you need. All you have to do is lose yourself so that he can reign in your heart.
Have some other tips? Share them in the comments! I’d love to hear your ideas.