5 Concrete Steps to Boost Morning Motivation

September 13, 2017

Have you ever gone to bed thinking of all the things you’d like to get done the next day, only to wake up feeling totally drained and unmotivated?

Motivation is a fickle thing. If you just cross your fingers and hope it’ll drop by, you could end up waiting forever. You can’t wait for it to strike – you have to get up and make it happen.

A lot of it has to do with shifting your mindset and habits over time. Mindfulness can’t happen overnight, unfortunately. So what if you want motivation now? Here are five concrete, tangible steps you can take you can do to boost your morning motivation tomorrow.

1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

You’ve heard it a million times, sure. But that doesn’t make it any less true. Getting the requisite 7 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep makes it easier to get things done in the morning, and it improves your ability to process and retain information throughout the day.

If you’re getting enough sleep and still feeling tired, it could be that the quality of sleep isn’t ideal. In that case, start looking for ways of fixing that. Start by avoiding caffeine eight hours before bed, and get away from the screen (television, computer, and, yes, even the phone) half an hour before laying down.

Cliche as it sounds, a good night’s sleep really is the first step to a productive and motivational morning.

2. Put on Music

Music is one of the surest ways to give yourself a dose of inspiration. Pick something that pumps you up and listen to it while you’re getting dressed, making breakfast, and commuting to work. Change your boring alarm tone to something that strikes a chord. You’ll be surprised how much a great tune can boost your energy, especially if you’ve been falling back on the same talk radio or top 40 stations every morning.

3. Write Down Your Goals

I admit that people tend to make more out of this than it’s worth. Writing down your goals doesn’t conjure a spell that will make all of your dreams come true. But there is merit to the idea that writing something down makes it seem more tangible and within reach.

Before you go to bed tonight, write down some of your goals. It can be a far-flung dream, like moving to Paris, or something closer to earth, like losing ten pounds. Either way, put them to paper and leave it somewhere you’ll see when you wake up in the morning.

Reminding yourself why you’re waking up, and the reason you’re going to carry out the day as planned, will help put you in a productive mindset from the start.

4. Get Things Done Before You Leave the House

Many people just roll out of bed and sluggishly stumble through the morning until they get to work/school. This isn’t a good start to a productive day. Make a list of things you want to accomplish each morning before you leave the house and follow through. Creating structure to your morning will help put you in a motivated mindset.

It may be tough to get everything done at first, but only takes about a month for a repeated behaviour to turn into a habit. After that, it’ll be like second nature. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish before you even leave the house.

Start small, and keep adding new things as you become more efficient.

5. Eat a Good Breakfast

It’s another cliche, but this is probably the most important piece of advice on this list. Getting your essential vitamins and minerals soon after you rise from bed will make a huge difference in the level of energy you have each day. Make a nutritious breakfast of whole fruits or vegetables, whole grains, or yogurt. If you don’t have time to cook, blend it together in a smoothie.

Is Your Marriage Not What It Used To Be?

September 6, 2017

Relationships change over time and so do people. That can cause a marriage to seem stale or even possibly on the rocks. Even couples who have been together and quite happy for decades can find that their strong bond is not what it used to be. That can be quite distressing and when it happens, there are a number of things you can try, including seeing a marriage counselor for receiving relationship advice.

These trained professionals will meet with both partners to discuss what is going on in the marriage. That information will give them a clear idea of what the problem is and what each person’s concerns are. From that point onward, the counselor can come up with specific advice designed to help each partner work out their issues.

These suggestions might involve the couple working together on certain areas and/or each partner doing things on their own. The couple will periodically check in with the counselor via weekly, biweekly, or monthly appointments and their progress will be monitored. If the positive changes are not happening on the schedule the counselor sees fit, or a client expresses apprehension over the direction of the treatment, then changes will be made to get things on track. Marriage counselors have helped to save millions of marriages over the years, and most will admit it when they feel a relationship has run its course.

You can also listen to a marriage counseling speaker. These individuals give presentations for groups of varying size on a particular topic. They can be quite informative and helpful, and meeting with others who have the same problems as you can be quite therapeutic. While the therapy cannot be as couple specific, it may well offer thoughts and suggestions that go a long way in helping troubled relationships to get back on course.