5 Things to Start Doing in the Mornings for a Better Day

Happy Monday! Not! This is mostly because my books still haven’t arrived…… argh! But even with a great book to read, Mondays still generally suck. Why? Well, we’re tired,  unorganized, and would way rather sleep until noon than get up and start the week. I hear you. However, there are some things you can do in the mornings to lessen the pain, and that is exactly what today’s post is about. As you scroll down this page, you’ll find five things that I try and do each morning to help me get through my day. So get your mousepads, thumbs and mouses (do you say mice or mouses when your talking about your computer mouse?) ready and take it away!

 

1. DON”T PRESS SNOOZE!

Even though waking up in the morning can seriously suck, I recommend that you DO NOT press snooze on your clock. Scientists say that even though it might feel good, that five minutes of rest you get when hitting snooze isn’t a very good sleep and can leave you feeling agitated afterwards. It also prevents your body from associating the sound of the alarm with getting out of bed, which makes it harder to do so. So set your clock for the time that you want to get up, and make sure you actually get up when it goes off!

 

2. Write Down 3 Goals for the Day

You might’ve remembered that I started doing this in my Bullet Journal in January, but unfortunately I stopped recently. I have no idea why! Setting specific goals for yourself each day is a great way to focus on and prioritize your tasks. When you have something specific that you know you want to get done, you might think twice about watching TV reruns for two hours. Daily goals can support your weekly and monthly ones, like this month I want my right splits to be flat, so I’ll stretch every day. Boom. And at the end of each day, it feels so good to check of those to-dos.

 

3. Make Your Bed

This seems like a pointless and tedious chore, but it only takes thirty seconds, and I find it accomplishing to leave a tidy room behind when I start my day. I actually watched a video titled: “If You want to Change the World, Make Your Bed Every Day”. It’s really motivational, and it basically talks about how a little bit of self-discipline can go a long way. Coming home to a nicely made bed doesn’t hurt, either;)

 

4. Meditate

Meditation doesn’t have to be all fancy; I find that just having a bit of quiet time each morning is beneficial. I like to stare out my window and think about any goals I have for that day, and build up a positive attitude towards the tasks I have at hand. Ending with a few moments to focus on my breathing really calms me down and gets me ready to tackle my day.

 

5. Eat a Nutritious Breakfast

This might be the most important thing on the list! Eating a nourishing breakfast fuels you for the day ahead, and helps you focus at school, work, or wherever you happen to be. Try to include some fruit, as the natural sugars will give you a much-needed boost, but stay away from sugary cereals. My favourite breakfast right now is banana with plain greek yogurt and natural peanut butter- Mmmm! They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I agree. Don’t skip it!

 

There’s my advice for a good morning! I hope you found something worthy of implementing into your routine, but if I had to pick one, I’d say that breakfast is the most important thing on this list. It’s amazing what your body and mind can do with the proper fuel! See you next time;)

 

Yours Truly, MyDayIsBooked

 

Top 4 Inspirational Books For Teens

Hi! This is my second post so far…. my first was a review on Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass. Now I’m here to share with you what I think are the top 4 most inspirational books for us teens- (what I’m trying to say is, you should read them!). So, without further ado, here are my choices!

  1. I am Malala By Malala Yousafzai (Non-fiction)- This book is amazing. It is a story about an incredible young woman who fought for her right to education, only to get shot because of it. Nevertheless, Malala is alive and still empowering people all over the world. If you’re looking for a book to inspire and create the feeling that nothing is impossible, this is definitely a must-read!

“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.”-Malala Yousafzai, I am Malala

2.  Me to We By Craig and Marc Kielburger (Non-Fiction)- Reading this will make you want to cry. No, I’m not kidding. The founders of Me to We, an organization that empowers young people to make a change in the world, have written about their adventures helping people in many different countries, and some of the stories are astonishing. I was fortunate enough to go to We Day,  an event started by Craig and Marc that inspires students to do more in their communities. With writing about things from how you can make a difference and being happier to meeting Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta), there is something for everyone in this philosophy of a book.

“In life, we are told that easy answers are hard to come by. Many believe that they simply don’t exist. We respectfully disagree. Not only do simple answers to life’s burning questions exist, but we’ve learned that those which often appear most obvious can be profoundly life-changing.”-Craig and Marc Kielburger, Me to We

3.  Life of Pi By Yaan Martel (Fiction)- I am currently engrossed in this book right now! Even though this story is fictional, it is still very inspiring and is relatable to all of us because it subtly underlines what being human is all about. 16 year-old Pi Patel is stranded on a life boat in the middle of the Pacific ocean after the sinking of the cargo ship he was aboard. But he isn’t alone. The vessel also contains a hyena, an orang-utan, a zebra, and a 450 pound Bengal tiger. Pi must learn to cooperate with these animals in order to survive. I enjoy this book because you can’t help wonder what you would do if you were in his shoes- although he currently doesn’t have any because he lost one and used the other for fishing bait. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves an intense read, as the writing is pretty sophisticated. Tune in next Wednesday for a detailed review on this story.

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy.”-Yaan Martel, Life of Pi

4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane By Kate DiCamillo (Fiction)- Edward, a china rabbit, lives with his adoring owner Abilene, until he gets lost. Okay, I know what your thinking. Seriously? You expect me to read a book about a toy rabbit? I’m not six. I know that this book may sound a little childish, but trust me, it’s not. This is a very arrogant rabbit, and on his journey from one person to the next he learns some very important life lessons. I don’t know if I can call this inspiring, but it is a beautiful story and I suggest that everyone reads it, regardless of age.

“…..with his head in the muck, he experienced his first genuine and true emotion. Edward Tulane was afraid.”-Kate DiCamillo, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

So, there you have it! A list of books that will inspire, empower, and make you say wow! Don’t forget to comeback next week for a review on Life of Pi, plus another bonus post! Also, leave some comments below, I’d love to hear if you’ve read any of the above titles or have any requests as to what to review!

Your Truly, MyDayisBooked;)