Athletes gear up for competitions, mentally and physically, so why shouldn’t this be true for us “regular” people on a “regular” day? Whether you’re having a less than stellar morning or you’re just plain dreading another day in the office, you have a choice as to whether or not you’re going to let that idea, that thought process, that mood, dictate the rest of your day.
So, how do you gear up for a new day?
This has to be specific to you, it has to be something you’re going to do, but I’m going to list some tips and suggestions and from there, you can tweak them and find your own rhythm, or path, and make these a habit. And these tips aren’t necessarily specific to a work day, and they’re not necessarily specific to when you’re having a bad day or you’re in a negative environment. These things can be used when you need a little extra “pep in your step”, so to speak, when you have a million and a half things to do and you need to FOCUS, when you just need to psyche yourself out and get “it” done.
My first recommendation is to stretch in the morning, for just five minutes. Now, before you give me all the reasons you can’t stretch, take note that I’m not suggesting you leave your house and go to the gym for an hour. I’m saying to take five minutes shortly after you wake up and stretch. When you stretch you wake up your muscles, releasing any stress/tension that had built up in them for whatever reason. Also, when you stretch, you can’t help but take deep breaths. Deep breathing calms you and clears your head and, with a calm and clear head, you can proceed with a clearer outlook on your day and you can make better judgments about situations.
Another thing that will aide in your mood and your focus is eating a good breakfast. I know this sounds cliché, and I am as guilty as the next person of either not eating breakfast or eating a not-so-healthy breakfast from time to time. But what I’ve noticed in my life is, that when I skip breakfast or eat a breakfast that’s processed and/or high in refined sugars and simple carbs, it affects my mood. I’m a negative nelly, I find fault with everything and everyone and it’s very difficult, if not completely impossible, to get myself out of a slump like that. But when I have a healthy breakfast, incorporating protein, “smart carbs”, and a healthy fat, I am able to focus better, I am more productive, and I am overall a more pleasant person. One thing that really gives me that extra pep is adding MCT Oil, either to a smoothie or to my coffee. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t believe that I was feeling an effect so quickly, but I did some reading from various sources and saw that yes, it does take action on you pretty quickly. I was focused, I was happy, I was energetic.
I mentioned, in a previous post, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence people. After reading the book, I took The Dale Carnegie Course and, while I learned a lot from this course, for this particular situation we’re talking about, getting “geared up” for the day, the one thing I recommend to you is to create an “I am…” statement.
What this is, is a statement of how you want to feel that day, but instead of saying “I want to feel happy”, you say “I am happy”. By saying “I want to feel” you’re leaving too much up to chance, you’re being wishy-washy. By saying “I am” it’s putting a positive statement out into the universe that you’re happy and nothing’s going to change that. Pick three things that you are and say them to yourself, in your head or out loud or even writing it down, whatever you’re comfortable with. Repeat your “I am” at least three times. As an example. “I am talented, I am successful, I am focused.” Repeat this to yourself. Believe it. And, even if you finish saying it before you get to work. Say it again, repeat it, as you’re walking up to the building. Take ownership of how your day is going to go and of your feelings about it.
You must take control of how you feel, don’t play the victim, don’t play the sympathy card. Do what you have to do to make the day go your way. And be happy and have fun doing it!
I must add to all of this, please take caution when adding new foods and even when adding stretching to your diet. Do your research, read directions, consult your doctor. The best methods for me may need to be modified for your situation. But there should never be an excuse not to do something.
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