Each new day is an opportunity to manifest your dreams and be the best version of yourself—whatever that means to you—whether it's being more mindful, grateful, or successful. And it all starts the moment you open your eyes. If you wake up early with excitement and exuberance to take on what lies ahead, focus your mind, and nourish your body, you're apt to have a pretty great day. Conversely, if your morning is rushed, unpleasant, and filled with negative energy, you're not setting yourself up for success.
"Waking up early can be a real struggle for some, like me, and no big deal for others," says spiritual empowerment coach, healer, and intuitive thought leader Kelsey Patel. "One of my biggest tips for those who are on the more sleepy side of the morning is to start by looking at what this additional time could do for you and how you feel about your overall day."
If you don't want to get out of bed in the first place, it's also important to look at why you don't want to start your day. "I tell my clients to check in with themselves and journal out their feelings before trying new morning behaviors." Journaling questions: Is there something or some reason that you don't want to get out of bed? What do you demand of yourself each day? Are you working in a job that feels misaligned? What would your ideal morning look like? Where could you go or what could you do that would make you enjoy waking up early? How would you like to feel each day and what can you do in the morning to start giving yourself the time to receive those feelings?
Trying out a new way of experiencing yourself in the morning can really change your perspective and the way you approach your entire day. With Patel's help, we're sharing the tips you need to know for a happier A.M.—so you can wake up on the right side of the bed, no matter how early your alarm.