Five ways to start a great day

What’s going on Trainwrecks? Another day is upon us, which means we have another opportunity to make a great impact on the world around us. One of the most important things we can understand is we cannot control chances things will occur in our lives. I mean, in all honesty would we truly know how a great day feels if we never had a bad one or knew what can cause one? Okay, I’ve done a TON of work on my citations lately and I’m working on reintroducing my hyperlinks for my current and future readers wishing to explore further information. Check them out! I’ve slipped a bonus in at the end of my video this week and it’s called my “power move,” so make sure you look for it at the at the end of the video.

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Here are five ways to set yourself up to have a great day!

  1. Get a good night’s sleep. Research has shown between six to eight hours of daily sleep (depending on our level of activity) has a tremendous impact on the levels of cortisol in our bodies and stress in our minds (Cherney & Watson, 2019).
  2. Eat when we wake up. When we have been slumbering for hours at a time, our bodies remain actively processing food. Jumping straight into action without so much as a banana and some granola can sap our strength, weaken our resolve and even affect our focus and attention. Ever felt crabby when we’re hungry? Chances are, other people notice this about us as well, often before we do (Newman, 2018).
  3. Try to incorporate at least thirty minutes of intense activity to start our day off right. Don’t have time? Let’s try going to bed and waking up earlier to make time. Either way, let’s try starting our day off with some intense physical activity like running or lifting weights (MedlinePlus, 2019).
  4. Wear something AWESOME. Now this doesn’t mean go out and spend a bazillion dollars on a new wardrobe, absolutely not! Looking good is a big part of feeling good. I try to follow three principled preponderances:
    -Is this clean and presentable?
    -Is this outfit distinct or does this outfit seem under-dressed or inappropriate?
    -Are we “put together? Have we taken the time to clean up, shave, get a haircut etc?
    -Clothes make the man (Lewis, 2012).
  5. SMILE! Yes, that’s right smile as often as we can. Smiling is both infectious and it feels great when shared with someone (Stephenson, 2012). In fact, I’m going to go as far as saying smiling is so infectious, I am going to challenge you to an experiment. The next time you see someone you would like to get to know better or enjoy speaking to, silently smile within a few minutes of speaking to them. Say nothing for 5 seconds and just give them your simple appreciative smile as the other person is speaking. I promise the reaction is worth it.

So, let’s have a discussion! Make sure you smash that LIKE button as you comment below.

  • What are ways you have found that help you in starting your own version of an awesome day?
  • What are some ways you have found to effectively transform a bad day into a good one?

Leave your comments below and join in the discussion.

Having a good day can be as simple as understanding what can make your day better. Having a great day often comes when we understand how to start if off right!

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References:

Cherney, K. & Watson S. (2019). 11 Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Body. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/sleep-deprivation/effects-on-body#1

Lewis, J. (2012). Clothes Make the Man-Literally. Psychology Today. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/brain-babble/201208/clothes-make-the-man-literally.

MedlinePlus. (2019) Benefits of Exercise. Retrieved from: https://medlineplus.gov/benefitsofexercise.html.

Newman, D. (2018). The Benefits of Eating Breakfast. WebMD. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/many-benefits-breakfast.

Stephenson, S. (2012). There’s Magic in Your Smile. Sussex Publishers. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201206/there-s-magic-in-your-smile.

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