Wake up happy.

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Just because I am not a morning person does not mean I cannot wake up happy!
~ Dr. Angi (aka Dr. Angela Kowitz Orobko)

Here are some tips on how to wake up happy that work for me. First of all, my bedroom is my sanctuary; therefore, it is peaceful and comfortable. The walls are painted in a soothing shade of blue and I have lots of pillows on my bed. I am entirely able to relax in my bedroom. I keep the temperature in my personal, private retreat at a comfy 72° year-round. Sometimes, I use fragrances like lavender or vanilla; and, I play gentle, ambient music to set a tranquil mood before I go to sleep. Occasionally I will have chamomile tea or other herbal tea before bedtime. Setting the stage is important.

Schedule your sleep so that you routinely get up the same time every day. You will want to have plenty of time in the morning to leisurely take your bath or shower, dress, mediate, exercise, and have a healthy breakfast. This should be a sacred time for you (and your family).

Another great thing to do is have either your comfy robe and slippers handy or simply have your clothes set out for the day (prepared the night before). My best mornings are when I have everything ready and set out the night before like my outfit, my supplies and writing materials, my purse, my cellular phone, sunglasses and keys. What makes it even better is having breakfast planned/ready so I can eat in a stress-free state. More often than not, my lunch has been prepared the night before (typically leftover dinner), so that it is ready to take with me out the door. Taking a little time, the night before to prepare for the next day make the following mornings wonderful!

How you are stirred from you slumber each morning is also important. Use an alarm clock that wakes you using soft, gentle, happy, or energetic music whether it is a radio station that plays that type of music or a recording on a CD or mp3 of your favorite music. One of my favorite radio stations is K-LOVE which has some amazingly inspirational music. There is one song that gets me in a great mood each time I hear it called Good Morning by Mandisa.

Another practice that I routinely do every morning that brings me joy is to express gratitude for another day. No one is guaranteed another day; therefore, I am delighted when I am given another morning to live. Too many of us take for granted the time we have to live. I decided that I would no longer do that and I immediately give thanks to God for another day.

Last, but not least, one of the BEST things to do to bring forth a JOYFUL morning is to basically CHOOSE to be HAPPY. No amount of preparation and scheduling is going to make anyone happy if they have not already chosen to be happy. I invite YOU to CHOOSE to WAKE UP HAPPY!

P.S. Today’s image is designed to be a coloring sheet; feel free to download, print, and color it as a reminder to “Wake up HAPPY.”

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All rights reserved. ©2016 by A. K. Orobko

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