I’ve seen a lot of posts on how to become a morning person, and although I think that some of the ideas are fabulous, sometimes you’ve just got to admit that you’re never actually going to be a morning person. But is that a bad thing? Personally I don’t think so. Not being a morning person doesn’t mean you’ll have a bad day. It doesn’t mean you won’t achieve anything. It simply means, that it takes you a little longer to come around in the morning. Nothing else. They say that when you wake up, the first thought of the day is what sets the tone for the rest of the day. That you’re supposed to jump up out of bed with a smile and tackle the day. That’s just not me and I doubt it ever will be. But it doesn’t mean I always have a bad day.
I wake up in the worst moods and it takes me a good 30 minutes to even drag myself out of bed. Anybody who speaks to me in the first hour of me being awake, gets grumbled at. And sadly that includes my kids too. Being a mum, I’m sleep deprived, so when my alarm goes off in the morning or I’ve been woken by the baby an hour before my alarm (which happens a lot), I’m a grumpy, emotional wreck who doesn’t want to face her responsibilities. My mood swings are quite impressive sometimes. Sleep deprivation can do a number on your emotions.
Here is why I think it’s perfectly fine to wake up on the wrong side of the bed
I think it’s okay to recognise what makes you unhappy. I think it’s okay to wallow in self pity for a little while. I think it’s okay to be upset or angry. My reasoning is, because you can then use that to fuel the rest of your day and to make it better. You’ve pin pointed what is bothering you, now you can work on eliminating that problem before continuing on with your day. You don’t have to have a negative day just because you woke up in a grumpy mood. I understand what people mean when they try to coach you into being a morning person, but for me, I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not.
When I wake up in the morning, I give myself a couple of hours at most to grumble and complain about why I’m so tired and why I hate mornings, then I shut those negative thoughts out and I force myself to be positive. Easier said than done? Not at all. We all have the capability to train our minds to shut certain thoughts out or to reject them. If you want to have a negative day then you’ll allow those negative thoughts to rule it, but I don’t want that and I know I won’t allow it to happen, I just want an excuse to be moody for a few hours, so I allow that hour or two and then I shut it down and find something to smile about.
How do I pick myself up?
Tell myself it’s going to be a good day
No matter what! – Not every hour of every day is going to be amazing, but even if a couple of good things happen, that’s enough for me. Come on, let’s be positive!
Think about the things I appreciate in life
I have found that once I started appreciating more things in my life, my life got better and I became a happier person. I go over in my head once a day, about what I am grateful for. Instant mood lifter.
I do my makeup
When I’m looking and feeling good, I’m a more positive person. Having a nice shower early in the morning and getting my makeup done before noon, makes me ready for the day.
Like millions of other people, coffee cheers me up in the morning. It doesn’t actually wake me up, but I love the smell (and taste).
Plan my day
If you have plans and goals for the day, you’re most likely to have a more productive day. I sometimes write a list of things I want to achieve that day and get working on it, which makes me happy and overall more positive.
Talk to my friends
Being 5 hours being the UK, I usually find myself waking up to messages off my friends in England, which instantly cheers me up. Even if my bad mood continues, I can almost guarantee one of my pals will be willing to listen to me moan about my problems. Regardless, they always put a smile on my face.
Once I’ve realised times up on the sulk session, I then tell myself – What you felt is real, now can you change what’s bothering you? If so, do what you need to do to change it. If you can’t, then accept it for what it is and move on. Nothing good will come from being negative ALL day. You’ve had your morning mood, now time to rise!
And it works 🙂 I essentially, get over myself!
So, no. You don’t have to wake up in a good mood every morning in order to have a good day. It’s perfectly okay to admit you’re a monster in the morning. You have the power to turn your day around at any second. So, go ahead and enjoy your morning grump session, it’s totally okay!
Thank you for reading 🙂