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We’re all human—we have good days and bad days, and the highs and lows come in waves. Life happens, and there are so many things we have no control over. What we do have a hand in is how we approach each day. Our mindset and our habits can drastically change our mood, and even create a ripple effect for good things to happen.

In today’s blog, we’re sharing six of our go-to tips for a great day, every day. This list comprises of intention setting, habit adjustments, and an attitude of gratitude. These tips won’t guarantee a perfect day every day, but they will help you set yourself up for a positive outlook and a more relaxed state of mind.

Young, happy woman with a cup of coffee on a park bench in the fall

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Enjoy our six tips for a great day:

1. Wake up with the sun

Our natural circadian rhythms are meant to follow the sun and moon—being active and awake while the sun is up, and resting and relaxing while the moon is out. If you want to set yourself up for a great day, waking up with nature is a great way to do so. Plus, it will likely give you some extra time to yourself before the rest of your home or the world around you starts to rise. According to Harvard Health, early risers may have a 23% lower risk of depression, too. [1] They open their discussion with the quote: “Early to bed, early to rise makes one healthy, wealthy, and wise.” Worth a shot, right?

2. Have a slow morning

The perk of waking up earlier is that you create more space to do things you may otherwise argue you don’t have time for. This can include slowly sipping on your morning Dandy Blend versus taking it in a to-go cup, or sitting outside to welcome the day rather than scroll through emails right before your first meeting. Slow mornings can be a great way to set yourself up for a stress-free day. Think of some activities you wish you did regularly and start doing them in the morning. Maybe you want to take up qi gong, knitting, walking, or reading more. A slow, quiet morning is the perfect place for these hobbies.

3.Intention setting

One of the reasons you’re reading this blog is because you’re interested in having more great days, right? Well, one of the best ways to do so is to intentionally start your day wanting one. Great days look different for everyone, and can even change day to day. A great day on Monday may be one where you’re more patient, whereas a great day on Thursday may be one where you stay focused and on task. Intention setting is all about deciding how you want to feel and be, and journaling and meditation can help. Writing down your intention for the day or simply sitting with the intention for a few minutes can do wonders for how you approach each day.

4. Create a mantra

In addition to intention setting, creating a mantra can be a great way to carry your intentions with you throughout the day. They can sound something like, “I am patient” or “I am productive” or “I am resilient.” However, it is you want to feel, there’s a mantra for you. You can write your mantra down and carry it with you throughout the day, you can create alarms on your phone with your mantra as the title, or even just repeat it to yourself in moments of need.

5. Fill different cups

People often talk about filling their cup in terms of personal energy or care, but we have multiple cups. This is an underrated way of having a great day. An example of this would be if you have a long day of work, you’ll have a full or overflowing productivity cup. This would be a good time to schedule in some personal or social time—go for a solo walk or grab dinner with a friend or find a beautiful park to sip your to-go Dandy Blend in. Same thing goes for days full of family time. Your family cup will be full and it may be helpful to carve out some productivity time, like tidying up the house, or spiritual time, to ground yourself in whatever way speaks to you.

6. Reflect with gratitude

At the end of the day, take a moment to give thanks. Even on our most chaotic, challenging days, there is a silver lining. When we can find the things that happen “for us” versus “to us” we create a sense of resilience. This notion is backed by science, too. [2] It may seem odd to offer an end-of-day task to help someone have a great day, but this habit can create a sense of happiness that will spill over into the following day. So before bed each night, see how many things you can be thankful for. On our worst days, most of us still have access to resources, shelter, and a friend we can call—none of which should be taken for granted.

We hope you enjoyed these tips, and we’d love for you to share your great day practices with us. Find us on all social channels @DandyBlend

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