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U.S. Navy Vice Admiral William H. McRaven knows a thing or two about structure. Living a military lifestyle means living a regimented one. From the way those in service fold and iron their clothes to the lengths of their haircuts, there is a strict discipline for all areas of his life. For Admiral McRaven, one piece of that discipline is a life-changing experience, one so monumental it could even change the world. To start your day right, he advises as per the title of his book, Make Your Bed. Starting your day off right with a simple structured routine sets the pace, tone, and intention for your day. Rather than leave your bed- and the rest of your day- a mess to be dealt with, set yourself up for victory at the end of the day. Instead of coming home a pile of pillows and blankets, you will, with great satisfaction, unmake your bed and lay down, knowing you’ve done your job well.

Drink a glass of water

Six to ten hours of sleep a night is a long time to go without water. Unless you are waking up and drinking water when you wake up in the morning, you are waking up dehydrated. A glass of water rehydrates your body, kick starts your metabolism, and gives your brain a boost.


One of the first things you should do in the morning is meditate. Meditation is a proven tool for healing the brain and alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other forms of stress. Using tools of mindfulness, you bring yourself to a calm place first thing in the morning and set the mood for the rest of your day. Grounding first thing in the morning gives you a solid foundation to move from, helping you operate with awareness, compassion, and kindness.


What could you have to write down first thing in the morning if you haven’t experienced your day yet? Many mental health professionals advocate writing down your dreams if you have them. Though your day has just begun, there is already a lot to be grateful for. You can start with the fact that you’re awake for another day. Checking in on your gratitude first thing in the morning creates a grateful mindset for the rest of the day. You’ll always be waking up on the right side of the bed when you wake up in gratitude.

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