Waking Up in a Bad Mood? Start Waking Up Right!

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Waking Up in a Bad Mood? Start Waking Up Right!

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Waking Up in a Bad Mood? Start Waking Up Right!

Waking up in a bad mood pretty much guarantees that you will face challenges and obstacles from sunup to sundown. This article lays out some easy ideas for vastly improving your mood.

The Benefits of Going to Bed Happy, Not Mad

If you go to bed happy and appreciative for everything that happened in your day and chances are you’ll feel relaxed and stress-free in the morning.

Being happy at bedtime improves your quality of sleep, increases your productivity for the next days’ work, gives you an increase in energy the next day, and even allows you to make healthier choices such as eating well (studies show that when you’re angry, depressed, or stressed, you’ll be more likely to eat high-carb and high-sugar foods).

How to be happy at bedtime?

Keep a Consistent Nighttime Schedule

Keeping a consistent nighttime schedule gets your body in the habit of knowing when it is time to wind down and go to sleep.  Like a grumpy toddler, your body isn’t happy when its sleep routine is disrupted.

Start by making sure that you can get a full 8 hours of sleep every night.

Before bed, give yourself some quality time, as opposed to time “zoned out” doing things like watching TV or surfing the internet.

Make your routine personalized, and do something that relaxes you so that you never go to bed angry. Focus on any activity that allows you to wind down and de-stress.

Nighttime Rituals for Improving Your Odds of Waking Up Happy

Take a bubble bath, write in your journal, or play some meditation or classical music.

Turn off the TV and computer at least one hour before going to bed.  Put away your phone and iPad.  The lights from those devices can confuse your body into thinking there is still daylight left.

Make sure that you stop eating at least two to three hours before going to bed (eating too late can cause insomnia).  Ditch the caffeine in the evening, too.

Take a hot shower, and visualize the clean, pure water that comes cascading down on your back and neck as replenishing you from your stress and anxiety. As you wash yourself clean, imagine the dirt coming off of your body as the stress, weight, and worry of your day rinsing down the drain, leaving you replenished and invigorated.

Read something positive right before going to bed (no more late-night TV).

Put a few drops of your favorite relaxing scent on your pillow, such as eucalyptus, lemon, or lavender.

Get rid of any work papers that are in your bedroom. They don’t belong there! Keep anything work-related (that includes your cellphone that has work emails or reminder notes) in a designated office space in your home; if you don’t have one, keep them confined to your briefcase. Studies show that doing work in bed promotes more anxiety, and if you’re making a habit of reading or writing emails late at night, you’re never turning yourself “off” from the stress and giving yourself a chance to unwind and rest.


When you set your day up for success by having a positive attitude and giving yourself a strict nighttime routine to help you unwind and reflect, you’ll keep yourself from waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Apply these tips in order to wake up joyful, grateful and happy every single morning!

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