The first few things you do after you wake up can really set the tone for the rest of your day. If you continually hit the snooze on your alarm, you’re gonna be even more tired than if you just get out of bed when it first goes off. You need some time for your body and mind to fully wake up and get right before checking things off your to-do list. Here’s a few reasons why you should spend some quiet time to yourself before getting your day started.
1. Give yourself a pep talk
It’s a good idea to tell yourself a few important phrases each day, basically like acting as your own cheerleader. It works. What you tell yourself you will eventually believe about yourself. It doesn’t have to be structured. Simply reminding yourself that you’re good at your job or that you can embrace whatever events come your way is fine.
2. Bounce the stress
It’s one way to deal with stress. When you have a negative thought about an upcoming event that will cause stress and you start mulling over it, bounce the idea off your radar. It’s literally like playing squash with the negative thought. “Sorry, not right now. Sorry, I’m going to set that aside for now. Sorry, I’m prepping for a good day not a bad one.” Bounce the idea as a way to set it aside, like swatting away a fly. It teaches you to act that way during the rest of the day.
3. Replace negative thoughts with good thoughts
During your five minutes of silence, there might be a temptation to think about some conflicts coming up or challenges at work. In the first five minutes of the day, don’t just bounce the idea away. Replace them with a more positive thought. This is not some weird meditation practice. It’s pure science. Your brain can’t think two things at once, so replacing any negative thoughts with good ones trains you for the day.