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Boost Your Mood With Morning Gratitude

Mornings can be rough. Some days, it’s a struggle just to get out of bed. Who has time for morning gratitude when you’ve got to make breakfast, shower, find your keys, and get to work all before having a cup of coffee?

Here’s the thing. You can make mornings more enjoyable.

All it takes is shifting your mindset. And that includes making gratitude as much a part of your morning routine as brushing your teeth is.

Here’s how to get started with morning gratitude.

A Morning Gratitude Practice Can Boost Your Wellness, and Your Mindset

I used to be a morning person.

Shocking, I know.

I would wake up at 6 a.m. BY CHOICE and go for a jog.

Stopping at the top of a hill, I would savor the sunrise before starting on my day.

I loved having the time for myself which allowed for physical activity, a moment of reflection, and the ability to start the day off right by appreciating the fresh morning air.

So what happened?

Well, a lot of personal things got in my way. My dad had a stroke and my mornings are now spent helping him have breakfast and take his medication.

The strain of his recovery and the death of another family member sent me into a depression.

I became crippled with insomnia, where I would spend the night tossing and turning, crying, and not sleeping.

Then I’d wake up the next morning feeling exhausted, drained, and absolutely miserable.

My alarm would go off. I’d squeeze my eyes shut and think to myself: I can’t do this, I can’t get out of bed.

Why bother getting out of bed if today is going to be as bad as yesterday, or even worse?

This is no way to live.

I was having a horrible day…without even getting out of bed.

All because I was allowing my thoughts to determine my mood.

After chatting with an online psychic, I learned how to start my day off on a positive note.

How did I manage that?

By developing a morning gratitude practice.

Some days it’s still hard to wake up and face the day, especially during a rough patch.

But keeping a morning gratitude practice, and getting into the habit of doing it each day, really does has a positive impact on my mood before I start the day.

Want to feel better every morning?

Here’s a list of several things you can start to do in order to start a morning gratitude practice.

I do some of these things most days, and try to do everything at least once a week.

Need help sticking with a daily gratitude practice?

With visualization exercises, positivity quotes, goal setting pages, productivity tips and so much more, you’ll be feeling more grateful faster.

Pick one to start with, whichever one feels the easiest, and then see how it makes you feel.

Ready? Let’s go.

Be Thankful For Waking Up

Before you even open your eyes, don’t let any negative thoughts creep up.

Immediately give thanks for having the opportunity to wake up today.

Thank your bed for the good night’s rest it gave you, and be thankful for the opportunities that the day will bring you.

Then open your eyes, and get out of bed.

Stretch It Out

Get out of bed and stretch.

Reach for the sky.

Greet the sun.

(Even if you can’t see it, because it’s definitely there behind those dark clouds.)

You can even give it a thanks and a blessing for rising.

We take it for granted, but the sun is what makes the day begin and we are truly blessed that the morning has arrived.

Stretching as part of your morning gratitude practice has many positive benefits.

It helps build flexibility and gets your heart rate going to wake you up.

If you have the time, it’s a good idea to start a quick yoga stretching routine to do as you get out of bed.

Morning Gratitude: Repeat a Positive Affirmation for the Day

Find a positive affirmation to repeat every day as part of your morning gratitude practice, or writing your own.

This can be a writing goal, or a mental health benefit, or just something to motivate you in a positive way for the day.

Here are some examples:

  • I have everything I need to make today a great day.

  • I am focused on my goals and feel passionate about my writing.

  • Today is going to be a good day.

That last one is the one I use every single day.

It’s simple, easy to remember, and places a positive intention into my day.

Take Deep Breaths

Every morning, take a moment to clear your mind and inhale several deep breaths.

This will help prepare your body for the day and boost your body’s wellness.

You can also use essential oils to rejuvenate and energize your mind and body.

Practice Mindfulness During Your Morning Gratitude Routine

I’m a huge fan of mindfulness, which is the act of being present in the moment.

Whether it’s eating breakfast or having a shower, it’s important to create a moment in your morning gratitude routine where you’re focused on the task at hand instead of allowing your mind to drift towards the worries of the day.

This means slowing it down while brushing your teeth and really feeling those bristles clean each tooth.

It also means sipping your coffee slowly and really savoring the flavor.

Mornings can be hectic and stressful, but it’s important to take some time out to appreciate and express gratitude for the small things.

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