7 things mentally strong people do at the start of every day

Have you ever met someone who just seemed to be able to tackle everything that came their way? Did you wonder how they managed it?

As it turns out, mentally strong people have a few morning habits that help them to be the best they can be each day.

Read on, and you too can find out about 7 of these morning habits. And you too could become more mentally strong.

1) Wake up early

Instead of lazing around in bed playing on their phones, or waking up, seeing the time, and going back to sleep for a bit longer, the mentally strong get up and start their day early.

When I was in India, I was told that dedicated Yogis get up before sunrise every day to ensure they get everything they need to get done before they go off to work. 4 am is the best time, however, they say any time before sunrise works if you can’t make it that early.

Waking up early means you have the time to get everything you need done without rushing. And I don’t know about you, but I’m not as productive if I’m running around like a headless chicken in the morning. In fact, being in a rush often ruins my entire day.

2) Limit distractions

Have you ever opened your phone in the morning to read a message and suddenly found that you’ve scrolled social media for half an hour? Yeah, me too.

Mentally strong people don’t do this.

Once they’ve got out of bed well before the rest of us, these people don’t reach for their phones like I do, they do a few other things. 

Without distractions in the morning, we can focus on more important tasks that will enable us to have a more successful day.

According to this article on success, using our phones first thing in the morning can lead to us getting more distracted throughout the rest of the day. This is because when we start the day with a high level of dopamine (what we get when we scroll on our phones), our brains will keep wanting more as the day goes on.

As well as increased distraction, using our phones first thing in the morning can also bring on increased anxiety, which mentally strong people don’t want as it impedes their success.

3) Exercise

Have you ever tried to get some work done but your brain just wasn’t doing what it was meant to? Mine was doing this while trying to think about what to write. 

So, I took my own advice, went and did a workout, and then returned to it.

It’s amazing what positive effects half an hour of exercise can have on our brains, our bodies, and our mood.

This article explains that as well as all these benefits, working out in the morning boosts your energy throughout the day, encourages you to eat healthier, and improves focus and cognition!

It’s no wonder mentally strong people add exercise to their morning routine.

4) Positive affirmations

You may have heard that lots of people are doing this. You may think it sounds silly or wonder why saying positive affirmations to yourself has become so popular.

Well, the reason is that positive affirmations work. They get you into a positive, confident frame of mind. A great way to start the day, don’t you think?

When I start the day in a bad mood, usually the rest of my day is also bad. However, after even just a minute of speaking positively about myself and how I’d like my day to go, it changed my mindset entirely.

Research says that positive affirmations rewire your brain and change the way you think about things. How amazing is that?

When you’re saying affirmations, some things to remember are;

  • Say your affirmations out loud
  • Ensure you use the present tense, eg; I am, I have, etc
  • Use positive language. Reframe negative things to positive
  • Choose meaningful affirmations, things you want to believe but don’t quite yet

And then off you go feeling like you can take on the world.

5) Practice gratitude

Think about something you’re grateful for right now. How did that make you feel?

Unfortunately, gratitude doesn’t always come naturally. But, once we discover it, amazing things start happening.

As positive affirmations do, research shows that a regular gratitude practice also rewires our brains. It also makes people happier and less depressed. Gratitude is an excellent tool for everyone.

My gratitude practice began many years ago when a therapist asked me to write down 3 things I was grateful for each day. At first, I didn’t think anything of it, but over time I realized that it had become a natural way to think.

When I was doing Yoga training I found it extremely difficult. The long intense days took a toll on me and I thought I was grumpy and not my best self.

However, at the end of the course, a couple of people came to me to say “Thank you for being so positive and uplifting”. I couldn’t believe it. But it just goes to show, that once something becomes a habit, it infiltrates every aspect of your life.

And the best thing about gratitude is that it is contagious. So, no wonder we want to be around these mentally strong people.

6) Eat a nutritious breakfast

You might be rolling your eyes at this one. Maybe you’re not hungry that early in the morning. Or you don’t feel like you have time before work.

I’m also guilty of making a coffee, popping it in a travel mug, and running out the door. However, there’s more to eating a nutritious breakfast than meets the eye.

As it turns out, it’s not just about eating something nutritious (although that is a much better way to start the day than my cup of anxiety!) According to these experts, breakfast has many benefits that can give you the best start to your day.

Some of these benefits include;

  • Increases energy
  • Boosts brainpower
  • Breakfast enables you to make better food choices
  • It helps you maintain a healthy weight

Breakfast doesn’t have to be anything big or heavy, but combine it with the absence of distraction and then you’re also including mindfulness in your morning routine. 

So, give breakfast a go and you may just realize why mentally strong people sit down to eat it at the start of each day.

7) Visualise success

Have you ever thought about what success looks like to you? Do you visualize the things you want?

It might sound crazy, but this is what many successful people do at the start of each day, and they swear it gets them to where they want to be.

This article explains that whatever we visualize we often get. If we focus on what we don’t want, that’s exactly what we are likely to get, but if we focus on what we want, there is a good chance we will get that. 

Many top athletes and successful business people (all mentally strong individuals) use visualization to get to where they want to be.

So how do they do it?

  • First, think about what you want
  • Choose a quiet place
  • Write down a sentence with the desired outcome (frame it positively)
  • Find a picture that fits with your sentence

Now all you need to do is return to this sentence and picture each day. With this in your head, know that you can have it, believe that it’s yours.

Mentally strong people know what they want and they aren’t afraid to give it everything to get it. Including visualizing success in their morning routine is important and enables them to go about their day confidently.

Louisa Lopez

Louisa is writer, wellbeing coach, and world traveler, with a Masters in Social Anthropology. She is fascinated by people, psychology, spirituality and exploring psychedelics for personal growth and healing. She’s passionate about helping people and has been giving empowering advice professionally for over 10 years using the tarot. Louisa loves magical adventures and can often be found on a remote jungle island with her dogs. You can connect with her on Twitter: @StormJewel

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