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If you’re like most of us who are working on your farm and still keep a regular job to make ends meet, then stress is something you are sure to experience from day to day. First, there’s a fight for space in the bathroom to use sink or mirror. People get in each other’s way and chaos follows. At other times, morning mayhem comes from simply being disorganized. You can’t find your briefcase, you’ve just run out of breakfast cereal, and you forgot to arrange day-care for the kids the night before. And if that weren’t enough you get to participate in the morning rush to work. It’s all one big headache that makes you want to turn around and head back home, right? But there is a way to begin the day with a smile instead of a grimace. Here’s how to enjoy mornings and create a positive mood, no matter what the morning has in store for you.

Grab “me time” in the morning

You might not realize mornings are ripe for “me time.” The rest of the day may be filled with chores, but when you open your eyes, you can affirm your sanity and peace of mind. Rise and shine before your family gets up or the neighbors are noisy.

Get up and greet the morning with a mug of coffee and ease into the day. Or meditate, use positive affirmations, and set a healthy intention to take into the rest of the day.

Prepare for a terrific day

Gather all you need for the day the night before so you are ready. Not needing to panic will give you space to breathe calmly and enjoy the morning without dashing. Also, your preparation will make you feel positive and capable. Having gathered all the tools required to make sure your day goes well, you’ll be off to a good start and continue to be upbeat and organized.

Remember to get tiresome chores out the way you would rather not deal with in the morning the day before too. Make necessary phone calls and arrangements, prepare your packed lunch, and take out the trash so your to-do list isn’t chock-a-block when you rise.

Don’t begin the morning with stress. Otherwise, your mood will be negative and you won’t have a good day. Prepare and organize the night before and set the alarm to wake you a little earlier than normal so you can enjoy time to yourself. As a result, you’ll start the day without anxiety.

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I need to follow some of your tips. I always feel so rushed in the mornings and that hectic feeling carries through the first half of my workday.




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