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What is the first thing you think when you get up? Ugh, another day, Yay! I am on the right side of the grass! Or do you wake up thinking, “Good morning, day!” or say, “Good God, it is morning.” I am a morning person, but I usually wake up wondering how long it will take me to make coffee!

I am grumpy and not at my best around people when I am tired. I am irritable, roll my eyes, and have NO patience. However, when I start my day with a smile, I can be attentive, pleasant, and friendly.

The way you think guides how you function throughout the day. For example, I can wake up thinking I am going to have a good day; it is a gorgeous day outside (even when it is storming, it is beautiful), or be confident and tell yourself, “I can do it,” are all thoughts that can improve your day.

A good night’s sleep is integral to having a good day. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog about insomnia, addressing several things you could do to fight insomnia. Today I am looking at bedtime routines.


· Use any kind of digital technology.

· Take sleeping pills unless you have been diagnosed with insomnia.

· Drink alcohol – often, one goes to sleep in a drunken stupor but cannot stay asleep.

· Work in bed or any other place in the bedroom.

· Consume caffeine after 5 pm.

· Eat fatty foods.

· Exercise before bed.


· Be consistent.

· Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including the weekends.

· Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.

· Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smartphones, from the bedroom.

You can also try the 10, 3, 2, 1, 0 method.

· 10 hours before bed: No more caffeine.

· 3 hours before bed: No more food or alcohol.

· 2 hours before bed: No more work.

· 1 hour before bed: No more screen time (shut off all phones, TVs, and computers).

· 0: The number of times you'll need to hit snooze in the AM

Besides sleep, how else can you ensure you have a positive day:

· Drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning. Water is fuel for the health of your body.

· Eat a small healthy breakfast. Breakfast provides your body with immediate energy. You may not be a person that eats breakfast, but even a granola bar will help give you the energy needed.

· Quick form of exercise.

· Do something you enjoy.

· Review goals for the day.

· Listen to something positive.

· An essential part of starting my day off with a positive attitude is to spend some time reading my Bible and praying.

Do your best to have a good day. A positive attitude will make the day go by faster, help you to be happier, and help you form good friendships. Overall, you become more approachable.

Have a great day.

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