How you start your day can make a big difference. How do you start yours?

By Dr Gary Latest Activity August 27, 2015 at 9:59 pm Views 759

Dr Gary

The day doesn’t always go the way you want it to. But here’s where you do have some control: how you get your day started. And when you start your day on the right foot, you're that much better prepared to deal with what does come up.

How are you feeling today? Have you taken a couple of minutes to be aware of your emotions? And if not, why? Don’t think you need to? Too busy?

If you’re not aware of your emotions, then you’re that much more likely to react to anything and everything that goes on around you. And that may not be the healthiest way to spend your day.

It’s human nature to start the day in what I call reactive mode. And even to stay in reactive mode most of the day. We walk around in sadness, or fear, or anger, kind of hovering below the surface. The simplest occurrence and – whoosh! – all these feelings come up.

I think that one of the best ways to avoid letting yourself fall into reactive mode is by getting the day started off on the right foot: Fully aware of what’s going on with yourself emotionally. If you’re aware, then you can maintain your perspective. For example, when your co-worker says something that suddenly sets you off, you can remind yourself of what you’re really frustrated about, and not have to react in the moment. Or, you can be extra kind to yourself, and avoid situations that might be upsetting. In other words, fully aware of your feelings so that you are more in control.

Here’s a link to an article about having a healthy morning ritual, which I posted awhile back:

Now I’m wondering how you get your day started. Any morning rituals that you follow? Anything you do to help get your day started on the right foot? Need some suggestions?

I’m looking forward to hearing about your morning ritual!

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