Life is short, which is what makes each day precious. So, you really can’t afford to lose any time on a bad day. Well, for the most part,you are the captain of your fate. Therefore, if you make an effort, you increase the likelihood of having a great day, every day.

You need to start by switching up your routine. See, a lot of people don’t realize that the various things that they do in the morning and throughout the day actually have a huge impact on the overall outcome. With this in mind, let’s look at all of the ways that you can lead a better day:

Get a Proper Amount of Rest

If you are like most people, you probably skip out on a few hours of sleep every now and then. After all, what is the worst that could happen? You could just make up for it the next night or revive yourself with a cup of coffee. Well, it turns out that sleep is conducive to you having a good day.

This is because there is a direct correlation between mood and sleep. When you don’t get the rest that you need, you are more likely to get irritated, angry, and react negatively to other people. As you can see, that isn’t really a recipe for success. By making sure that you get eight hours of sleep, you are priming yourself to start your day off the right way.

Minimize Your Digital Device Use

Technology is such a big part of people’s lives that it is almost instinctive to roll over in the morning, pick up your phone, and start scrolling through messages and notifications. However, there are two problems with this technique. The first one is that all of those emails and messages just remind you of all that you need to accomplish during the day. This can cause you to stress out.

The other thing that is wrong with all of those notifications is that they act as a reminder of what you are missing out on. Seeing pictures of delicious food or getting an update on someone’s relationship status may cause you to focus on the things that you lack. Of course, this is true for the whole day, not just the morning.

This is why you should start cutting down on how much you rely on digital devices. For instance, stay away from your phone until 30 minutes after you wake up. Then, check your social media, etc. sparingly throughout the day.

Meditate Instead

You can calm those itchy fingers by turning to meditation instead. You will find that meditating early morning – and throughout the day – can make your day a lot better. This is because it helps you to focus, calm your mind, and even relieve any anxieties that may crop up during the day.

Meditation doesn’t have to take hours. Whenever you feel like you are pressed for time simply close your eyes and focus on breathing deeply. This will only take a few minutes at a time and you are sure to feel a lot better afterward.

Help Someone Else

Yes, believe it or not, the key to a good day could be to help someone who is less fortunate than you. Taking the time out of your day, each day, to do something nice for someone else may have more benefits that you may realize. For one thing, an altruistic act makes you feel better about yourself, which is always a positive thing. For another, doing something good gives purpose and meaning to your life, which will help you feel a lot better than you can imagine.

These are the changes to your routine that you should make so that you have a wonderful and fulfilling day on a regular basis.

Joi Bellis

Joi Bellis is a writer who is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Psychology. When she is not writing for The Sleep District, she spends her time outdoors. She is an avid photographer and loves capturing the beauty of nature on camera.