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3 Ways to Prime for a Positive Energy Day

If you're looking to feel energetic, show up as your best self and give it your all every day, here are 3 tips to prime yourself for a positive energy day.



1. Plan your day the night before

There are simple things we can do at night that are easier done when you’re not racing against the clock in the morning ( i.e. pressing snooze one too many times) to ease the pressure off your morning routine. Doing these small activities the night before can set you up for a productive morning and gives you the time and mindset to get ready, sit down and eat and/or say goodbye to loved ones before getting into your day.


To start, have a look at your day. Is it the weekend tomorrow or is it a weekday? If it’s a work day could you:

· Prep your breakfast, lunch and/or dinner

· Pop a water bottle in your bag

· Set an alarm at the time you will get up that allows enough time to get ready without rushing around (try to prevent setting an alarm for a time you just know you’ll snooze)

· Lay out your workout clothes for a morning, lunch or afterwork workout

· Organise what you’re going to wear. Do you have certain meetings on, clients to see, or are you working from home? Organising your clothes the day before saves you from spending energy that will be better used on other decisions! (Do you know that Presidents and Prime Ministers don’t choose their own clothes for this very reason?!)

· With that, check the weather forecast!


2. Have a Calmer Morning

Easier said than done for some! but, but there are small measures anyone can do to take control of parts of your morning. The impact of a stressful morning has a direct impact on how the rest of your day in mind and a calm morning is about protecting your energy for the first hour of the day.


So what can you do? · Calm alarm – Does a more calm alarm exist for you? Or is it horrifying? Consider waking up with something a bit more peaceful in the morning and change that alarm! Don't look at your phone/social media Beginning the day with checking your phone (before you’ve even gotten out of bed!) exposes you to stress signals (cortisol - the stress hormone) racing around your body leading you to a reactive day. Something as simple as checking your emails, Instagram and Facebook feeds 1 hour after waking means you are giving your body the time before diving into sensory overload.


· Sun lamps are a more natural way to wake up as the lamp mimics the sun and the light that’s emitted in the morning, the blue light. This is when blue light is helpful because it sets our body’s circadian rhythm and our body responds by waking up.

·Journalling can help with having a clear mind before walking into the day. Morning Pages is a specific technique to help with solving problems, being creative, refining thoughts and even releasing stress. It is a journaling practice where you write our your thoughts in the morning - you can write about anything and everything, until you have nothing left to say.


· Calm alarm – Does a more calm alarm exist for you? Or is it horrifying? Consider waking up with something a bit more peaceful in the morning and change that alarm!


· Sun lamps are a more natural way to wake up as the lamp mimics the sun and the light that’s emitted in the morning, the blue light. This is when blue light is helpful because it sets our body’s circadian rhythm and our body responds by waking up.


· Make your bed – Having time to make your bed, and make it well is a simple thing you can do in the morning to show up, set yourself up for success (because you’ve already done one amazing thing today) get you on the right foot for the rest of your day.

You’ll also find yourself going in and out of your room more than once in the morning and the sense of a well made bed will bring a calm and organised feeling to your mind and body.



3. Set an intention for the day.

This is time to think about how you imagine your perfect day, a goal you want to maintain, a relationship you can to reconnect, an assignment at work that you want to sink your teeth into.


How to set an intention?


Your intention could be set through meditation, journaling or consciously visualising your day and the outcomes you want to achieve (Did you know that visualising is a technique used by athletes like David Beckham who imagine 'free goals' they are going to score in matches?)


It will take some practice to come back to your intention throughout the day so you may want to set up times during the day to trigger you check in with your intention. Reminders could be walking through work doors, every time you get up for a cup of tea, lunchtime or even getting onto the train/tram/car.


Not only will you have a more successful day (and week) of getting things done and feeling satisfaction, you will feel energised.