3 Ways to Start Your Day With Positive Intention
By Genevieve Cunningham
Do you start your day on purpose? That might seem like a weird question, but it's actually rare that we start our day with intention. We're much more likely to roll out of bed with barely enough time to make it to work. We go through the motions and get the job done -- but we're not always truly present. Starting your day on purpose brings big benefits in both mental and physical health. Luckily, starting your day with intention is possible, and it's probably easier than you think. If you would like to make the most of your mornings, take a look at these three ways to start each day with purpose.
Meditation is one of the best ways to intentionally begin your day. Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not an attempt to stop your thoughts. It's an attempt to let them go. It's an attempt to let them flow through your mind without getting attached to them. Is it easy? Absolutely not. It's quite difficult, as we're all incredibly attached to our thoughts. But with a little practice, it definitely gets easier. Research suggests that those who meditate in the mornings generally have less stress, a calm mind, and less irritability. It's a great way to start your day and improve mental health all at once.
You should absolutely have exercise in your daily life. We need it for both mental and physical well-being. If you choose to start your day with exercise, you can actually lower your stress levels before it even begins. Exercise will stop you from overthinking first thing in the morning. And of course, it will help you burn calories and stretch the muscles. Whether you want to go for a run, take a walk, or join a yoga class, early morning meditation is a great way to start your day with healthy intention.
Sometimes keeping a journal gets a bad rap. But keeping a journal allows you to get your thoughts and ideas out of your head and down on paper. It allows you to lessen the noise in your head. It allows you to keep track of your thoughts and double-check your own well-being. Try writing for just a few minutes first thing and ending your journal entry for literal intentions for the day. You may be surprised at what a difference this can make in the rest of your day -- and in the way you feel about life as a whole.
Your intention can make or break your day. No, we can't control everything that happens on a daily basis, but we can control the manner in which we respond. And starting the day with purpose and mindfulness can help us respond in a more appropriate way. Use these tips to add a little intention into your morning, and you may find your health and outlook on life improve every day.
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