Beep! Beep! Beep!
The harsh sound of your alarm clock wakes me up from my peaceful slumber, sending me groggy out of bed and preparing my day for countless disasters. I walk down the stairs with a crumpled white shirt and spoonfuls of soggy Cheerios in my mouth for breakfast, wishing my morning had gone better.
Horrifying as it is, this sequence of events has happened to me too many times in my short high school career (spoiler alert: I’m a freshman). Morning chaos and mania always ends up ruining my mood for the rest of the day.
That’s why I recommend starting your day with affirmations. It may sound cheesy, but it will brighten your mood, your morning, and, therefore, your whole day.
1. I create happiness and opportunity wherever I go.
Remember that life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Even if your day doesn’t go exactly as you planned, you can still find a burst of joy somewhere. The key is to look at the little things in life, like enjoying a delicious chocolate chip cookie, rather than attributing your happiness to a task, person, or external validation. These will only make you feel empty and unfulfilled.
2. Today, I take action to achieve my goals.
Starting your day with a burst of energy and motivation can set you up for a productive morning. As long as you don’t push yourself too hard to cross off tasks, it can help organize and structure your routine. It’s great that many people are more relaxed in the morning, which can help them think clearly about their goals.
3. I am willing to step out of my comfort zone and change.
Challenging yourself to make the most of the day can inspire you to take more risks. Obviously, we’re not talking about the risk of jumping off a bridge, but rather raising your hand at least once in class or talking to at least one new person every day. It’s like a muscle: the more open you are, the more your mind will be trained to accept new opportunities.
4. My heart is open; I only speak with words of love.
As a teenager, I often say words or insults that I automatically regret. When I can feel the anger rising inside me, I take a deep breath and count to three, because it helps me slow down. Honestly, this one is pretty tough, especially if you have an annoying younger brother who likes to piss you off.
5. I honor myself with every decision I make.
Often we regret the decisions we make or our mind reflects on what could have been. While not all decisions are set in stone, it’s important to stay true to your values and take ownership of them, even if your idea didn’t work out.
These are five affirmations that I hope will make your lifestyle healthier and more fulfilled! Hopefully your mornings will become more peaceful, making your day the best it can be!