I’m not going to claim to know the secret ways of those who are happy every minute of every day, but I will most certainly claim to be the queen of knowing how to have an okay day most days, and believe me, that’s an improvement from most of the days of my twenties. Don’t get me wrong, striving for awesome days is something I encourage and try to do often, but somedays I only have the energy to strive for an okay day, and I think that’s perfectly, well… okay to do.
1. Give yourself time
Rolling out of bed 17 minutes before your shift starts isn’t the greatest start to your day, but you already know that. You most certainly won’t have a great day doing it, but your chances of having just an okay day go down too. Instead of hitting the snooze button 7 times, try to pick at least one thing you’d like to do in the morning that you know will make you feel good. Maybe it’s a cup of coffee with some sugar in it or 30 minutes while you watch your favorite show, or maybe it’s some tea and a yummy breakfast while you read a good book.
2. Make your body move
Light stretches, gentle yoga, or even just a quick walk around the block will do. Now, if you want to run a marathon or do 45 minutes of aerobics, I’m not here to stop you, but chances are you might not need this article if you’re running 5ks before work.
3. Eat something good for your gut
There are approximately 1 billion articles on gut health and a bunch more explaining why gut health is even more important in the morning. Check out some of the lists to find your favorites. Some of the easiest and seemingly yummiest ideas are bananas, oats, and yogurt. You can get super fancy with it if you want, but I definitely recommend following some recipes online because my morning recipes go something like this: Eat some yogurt, take a few bites of a banana, and eat your soaked overnight oats- top with fruits for extra fanciness.
4. Avoid your phone for a while
I’d bet most people reach for their phone before even getting up for their morning bathroom break, but try putting it off for as long as possible. I don’t really know the science behind it, but I know that getting pulled into social media or the news within seconds of waking up hasn’t been great for my overall morning mindset, and sometimes those few minutes on social media literally set the mood for my whole day. Try to make the first thing you do in the morning not involve screens.
5. Drink water
That’s it. Just drink some water.
As I said, I’m not against striving for wonderfully awesome days. But I am against trying to make everything so perfect that burnout is inevitable. Sometimes striving for just okay is okay, okay?