How to Start Your Day on the Right Foot

How to Start Your Day on the Right Foot

Not everyone gets out of bed in the morning easily and in a good mood.  Some can bounce out of bed eagerly anticipating the day and will talk your ear off if there’s anyone to listen.  Others groggily stagger out of bed reluctantly and you better not speak to them or they’ll bite your head off.  Learn how to start your day on the right foot by changing your routine with my 5 tips!

Which of these describes you?  Or do you fall somewhere in between?  Which would you rather be?  Typically, the person who bounds out of bed wide awake is the person who gets more done in the morning and is happier to do it.  This isn’t always true.  Some get just as much work done; it just takes them longer to get to it.

Do you bounce out of bed eagerly, or stagger out groggily? Learn how to start your day on the right foot by changing your routine with my 5 tips!

If you’re not happy with your morning habits and want to change, it can be done but it has to be a concerted effort on your part.  Many people don’t want to change.  They’ve been that way for years and it works for them.  On the other hand, who wants to be an old grouch in the morning making yourself and everyone else miserable?

You can become an early happy riser and make it a habit you will embrace.  First, admit your current method of waking up in the morning isn’t working and you want to change.

How to Start Your Day on the Right Foot

Be willing to try a different method and realize it may not be the first different method you try that will transform you into a new you.  Here are 5 tips to start your day on the right foot.


  1. Technique is important.  Prepare yourself for bed with the same routine if possible.  With children and spouses, it’s sometimes difficult. Organize your day. Start with a healthy diet.  Stay away from heavy, fatty foods and sugars before bedtime.  Eat dinner early.  Of course, no caffeine or other stimulant before bedtime.
  2. Try the early healthy dinner a few nights and make a note as to how you feel the next morning.  Is it working?  If not, don’t give up.  You just need to add more and different methods to your morning madness.
  3. Exercise daily. Although it may be difficult crossing this off your list, your body will thank you later. From my personal experience, exercising daily helps me sleep better, and I wake up with more energy than I would when I didn’t work out. I prefer morning and afternoon exercise that gets me pumped up throughout the day. Nighttime exercise can get the blood flowing too much for you to fall asleep right away.
  4. Do something pleasant before going to bed to put you in a good mood.  Read a good book for a few minutes.  Don’t get so caught up in it that you can’t put it down.  Don’t balance your checkbook or pay bills before going to bed.  Money worries can be one of the main causes of a sleepless night.
  5. Anticipate the morning routine.  Don’t give yourself something boring to look forward to. Make time for at least some morning exercise even if it’s just stretching.  Perhaps, sit outside and greet the sunrise with a morning devotional.  Count your blessings and plan your day. New morning habits are not accomplished in a day.  Be patient and willing to experiment.  Soon, you’ll like yourself better in the morning and so will your family.

How can you start your day on the right foot? Share with me your routines, and tips in the comment section below.

9 Responses to How to Start Your Day on the Right Foot

  1. grest tips! Thanks for sharing. Mornings and I are not friends at all. Maybe some of these will help me!

  2. Great tips! I am horrible at getting out of bed. Always have been. I used to sleep till noon but then kids came along. Sigh. I have been trying to wake up before the kids wake so I can get things done. I haven’t been too successful yet. Still trying though.

  3. Dan you guarantee that I will be happier morning person if I follow these? 🙂

    Getting up is so hard but with the nicer weather, it seems easier. Hooray for sunshine!

  4. I require very little sleep and consider it to be a complete waste of time. I go to bed as late as I can and get up the second I wake up (quite early) and bounce out of bed. Sometimes the phone will ring at 4:30 AM from a client in another part of the world and I bounce out of bed, answer the phone and carry on like it was the middle of the day – no one the wiser. Always chipper and upbeat in the morning. Never understood why it should be any other way 🙂 Yes, I know that is irritating to those around you who don’t feel the same

  5. I always claim I’ve been a life long morning person. Which I have been just by virtue of the fact I’ve never been a night owl 🙂
    Reading your post, however, I realize I do you take steps the night before to ensure my mornings are good ones. And then I leap out of bed like a puppy 🙂

  6. These are good tips. I will have to try some of them. I do hate exercising so will need to find a way to make that fit in. I like my Wii Fit and need to use it more.

  7. I’m a morning person and get things done then. After 6pm, I’m toast. It’s a little harder to get up now than when I was younger but I hate missing part of the day. I get up and take a long walk. For me, it’s the best way to start the day.

  8. My spouse is a morning person: gets up humming and by the time he’s out of the shower, he’s whistling a happy tune. I am not. It takes me almost an hour to get beyond a good morning grunt. I’ve always envied people who rise, shine and get a lot done early in the day. I’m more productive in the afternoon. Don’t think I can change it–or that I want to. What would my household be like with two people humming in the morning.

  9. Great read.

    Although I find it very challenging to push myself to exercise in the mornings, I always DO feel better afterwards. This continues throughout the rest of the day. 🙂

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