1. In order to wake up in a good mood, it’s crucial to set yourself up for quality sleep the night before.
This means allocating between 7-9 hours for sleep. Having a night routine can help ease into sleep and “put the day away.” A night routine may begin at least 30 minutes prior to bed and include changing into comfortable breathable pajamas, brushing your teeth, practicing mindfulness while doing a skincare routine, and putting a few drops of lavender essential oil on your pillow to promote a sense of calm and well-being.
2. What you think about prior to falling asleep can influence your dream state, so this is a wonderful time to say a prayer, do a gratitude practice, or focus on rhythmic belly breathing.
Similarly, the first thought(s) upon waking are really important and can set the tone for your morning. Mornings are a wonderful time to set an intention for your day (e.g., “Today I practice letting the small stuff go”).
3. Watch the words you say to yourself throughout the day.
Practice kind and encouraging self-talk (e.g., “I can do this,” “I’m excited to see what I can learn,” “I’m doing a good job”). By doing this, you are creating a peaceful internal environment for yourself. It is really important at the end of the day to say goodbye to the day you just had, instead of creating worry about what you did not get done, what you will have to do tomorrow, etc. Spiritually, this is called surrendering. Surrender your day as you welcome sleep and invite the next day into your life.