A friend wrote recently that she feels blue in the morning. It’s hard to get up and get moving, she said. I know how she feels. Sometimes I just lie there wiggling my toes to see if I can feel any connection. You don’t want to wake up and say to yourself “Eeeek,morning!” You want to say, instead, “Ahh. Morning! What can I do today?”
I’ve found that there are two things – maybe three – that get me up and moving every day. First, find a picture that just cheers you up, and put it by your bed where you’ll see it when you open your eyes. It should be a big picture, in case you don’t see that well any more. And you should change the picture often. You shouldn’t see the same thing every day. This picture of my 80th
birthday party cheers me up right now but later on, I’ll be mad at the kids and I’ll think of something else.
2) Keep a big rubber band by your bed. Now this sounds strange, but it works. You can get one from a fitness shop, or your doctor’s office. While you’re lying there groaning and taking on about the day, you can stretch against the band. Soon you’ll feel as if you can face getting up.3) Before you go to bed at night, Write on a file card three things you want to do the next day. Needn’t be big things. “Rinse my toothbrush REAL good” is ok for a start.
When you accomplish these things, mark them off with a big X. Soon you’ll feel better and getting up will start to be fun. What’s your best tip for starting the day on the bright side?
What’s your best trick for starting the day with a smile?