I saw a Facebook friend’s post today that really inspired me to write this post. His post simply said, “Make it a Great Day”. He then proceeded to explain why he didn’t just say, “Have a great day”. This one simple Facebook post spoke to me today on so many levels. I mean, isn’t it so true that we are all in complete control of whether or not we are going to have a good or bad day? Whether the day is good or bad, it’s truly about how we mentally prepare ourselves and how we handle the situations that come our way. Yes, and I’m even talking about how we handle those windy roads, bumpy roads and crossroads, of life.
Every morning I wake up my 4 kids and begin the morning routines of dressing, breakfast, and getting them off to school. And, although it sounds pretty simple, it’s definitely not my favorite time of day. In fact, it’s a chore and one that makes me want to push the snooze button, over and over again. I mean let’s be real, it’s hard enough just getting myself up and at ’em, never mind myself and 4 kiddos ranging from 4-14. Like I said, it’s a chore.
I’ve also been very stressed lately with my upcoming move, so I find myself waking up with my thoughts racing before I’ve even stepped out of bed. When should I start packing? What should I start packing? How will the timing all work out with the move? I’m telling you, I wish I had an off button when it comes to my thoughts. And here I go again, starting the day off on a, not-so-good note.
So, what am I going to do about it? What can you do to, “Make it a Great Day.”? Just thinking about how I typically start the day off lately, is an immediate call for help. So, after reflecting on that Facebook post I read this morning and sitting here gathering my thoughts, I put together a little plan of action to make sure I, “Make It a Great Day”, regardless of the circumstances or situations that may arrive.
- Wake up at least 30 minutes earlier then my children. Have ME time. Coffee, blog. ME.
- Avoid procrastination (don’t get stuck in front of the morning news). Get kids fed, dressed and ready for school. Being proactive = less chaos, less stress
- Make bed and straighten up before leaving the house. A neat house = less chaos, less stress
- Make a list of, “to-dos” for that day in order of importance. Be realistic.
- Exercise at least 30 minutes a day at home or at the gym.
- Avoid negative thinking. If it starts, stop it in its tracks.
- Journal everyday. Put any fears, goals and/or thoughts down on paper.
- Surround yourself with those people who lift you up, bring you joy and keep you safe.
- Avoid stressing over things beyond my control. It’s pointless. Period.
- Read a good book before bed. It’s relaxing and keeps the mind in a positive place.