Here are three steps you can take each morning to start the day with positive energy.

1) While laying in bed, roll to your back and take in 3 deep breaths.

It does not matter if you breath through your nose, mouth or any variation there of, but take them in deep and exhale slowly 3 times. If you felt adventurous and no one was around, you can even hum as you release your air. Why? It helps to stimulate your internal organs.

Softly or loud, it makes no difference and actually can be fun.

2) 10 Minute Meditation/Affirmation.

There are many ways to self meditate, but I am a big believer in affirmations and positive self talk so that is where our focus will be.

I don’t care of you sit, stand or lay down as long as you are comfortable and in a place where you can feel at ease. With eyes open or closed say to yourself or out loud 4 thoughts. You can use what I say here, 4 of your own or mix mine up with yours it really does not matter:

You do not have repeat them the entire time, but look at the clock, calculate 10 minutes from the start time and make sure to minimally, start and end with the affirmations. If your mind drifts off, and it will, no worries. Do not get mad or frustrated.

Just say it’s ok. It is normal. Take a deep breath and start again.

What feels like a second will be 10 minutes or more. Trust me, you will be shocked with how fast time flies by. If you fall a sleep, so what,your body needed it. Just when you wake up say your 4 affirmations again for the remaining time and if you wake up hours later, lock in the 10-minutes and start over.

3) Still from your bed… stretch.

It doesn’t have to be a crazy, 30-minute stretching thing. To start out just do about 4  different stretches that include your entire body in some way. Why? This helps to wake your muscles, get your blood pumping and prepares your body for the day. More and more studies are coming out about how important it is to stretch. It also offers psychological benefits for stress relief and anxiety.

Examples of stretching you can do while in bed, but feel free to do others, are:

Holy crap! You are standing up, feeling good and ready to start your day.

Go get’em tiger!