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4 morning routines that optimize your mindset and mental health

Updated: Aug 23, 2022

Your mindset and how you feel can be your biggest obstacles, or your biggest assets, when it comes to reaching your goals.

As we enter the last quarter of the year, you want to be even more aware of your mindset and how you're feeling in order to reach your goals more effectively. Not to mention, also keep you resilient against the negative effects that poor mental health can have in your life.

In this blog I’m going to share 4 morning rituals that will optimize your mindset and your emotional state towards your goals. These routines will also help you reduce stress and help improve your overall functioning in your day - to have you perform and feel at your best!

The importance of your mental and emotional state in reaching your goals

I started my coaching business when I was 24. I tip-toed my way slowly for the first 5 years because, to be honest, I was afraid. My mindset held me back with thoughts like “I'm too young”, “I'm not good enough”, and "what if I fail?”. I often felt worried and anxious, overthinking every move and every conversation. This held me back from advertising my services, showing up on social media, and fully going for it. This is how our mindset and our emotional state can hold us back in our work.

Similar mental and emotional blocks held me back when I wanted to get fit and healthy. When I was struggling, my mindset was stuck on “I don’t have time”, “it can wait”, and “I’m just not the working-out type”. I felt embarrassed and anxious going to the gym, thinking that others were judging me. The process was just too hard and unpleasant for me to keep up.

Even in my relationship goals, my mental and emotional state had been the biggest challenge. From my past experiences, I had developed the belief that I inherently wasn’t meant to have a healthy and fulfilling relationship. My emotional state, having PTSD, made situations emotionally unbearable at times. So I kept myself from being vulnerable and getting too close to my previous partners, which kept me from having fulfilling relationships.

To this day (10 years later!), a lot of the challenges I still find myself in are caused by not being mindful of my mental or emotional state. What has allowed me keep growing my business, stick to my health and fitness goals for over 10 years, and be in a healthy and fulfilling relationship today, is practicing good mental and emotional hygiene. So that I make sure that I'm on top of my mindset and my emotional state, and to have them consciously serve me towards my goals.

Research shows that your mental and emotional state impacts your goals:

If you’re still doubtful of just how important the state of your mind and emotions are in meeting your goals, let's look at the research. There have been numerous studies conducted over the past few decades showing that your beliefs around your capabilities (i.e., self-efficacy) and having a positive mental state (i.e., feeling good) impacts your success.

For example, in a meta-analysis (which means a study that combines research) of 225 studies, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky and colleagues found that those with a positive mental state in the work domain had 31% higher productivity, 37% higher sales, and 3X more creativity.

In another comprehensive study published in the journal of Organizational Behavior by researchers in Virginia Commonwealth University also found that emotional factors are an important predictor of job performance. The study suggests that they should be considered alongside general cognitive ability and personality. Other researchers have linked emotional skills to: