Start Your Day On A Positive Note With A Clever Alarm Clock Hack

The inability to get a good night's sleep is not uncommon, and many adults regularly take sleep medication, which can leave you feeling tired in the morning, as per Mayo Clinic. In fact, women tend to suffer from insomnia more than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Everyone knows the old saying about how waking up on the wrong side of the bed could ruin a good day. Yet, when you're exhausted it can be very difficult to even begin your morning and even harder to try to get in a good mood as you do it.

The truth is that for many, waking up can be a trial. When the alarm goes off, it can feel impossible to pull off the warm blankets and simply stand up. It's for that reason that sleep experts advise people to place their alarm clock on the other side of the room so they are essentially forced to get out of bed right away. However, there is another simple practice to help you start your day off right.

Use your cell phone to record positive affirmations

While cell phones are often the reason why so many of us stay up later than we should, there is a fascinating way to use them to help you start your morning right. In fact, health and wellness professional, Stephanie Mansour, tried to transform the negative patterns she had with her cell phone and actually use it for good (via Today).

"I also turned my alarm into a positive affirmation. Instead of the standard dinging, my alarm repeats the affirmation in my voice: 'Today is going to be a great day! Today is going to be a great day!'" Mansour wrote for Today. "That encourages me to jump up and turn off my alarm and start my day in a good headspace."

The alarm clock hack is rooted in healthy behavioral practices since doing what we can to encourage positivity has been known to help foster a better mood.

How affirmations help help improve your day

"A positive affirmation is a concise, realistic statement that embodies something we value, whether it's who we want to be or what we want in life," clinical psychologist CJ Bathgate tells Forbes Health. "Our brains are always looking for shortcuts and tend to latch onto thoughts that come up the most or are the most easily accessible."

In the morning, if you wake up and the first thing you tell yourself is that you're so tired, you can't get up, or you don't wanna go to work, you're starting your brain off on the wrong path, and practically ensuring you will wake up on the wrong side of the bed. The more the brain relies on negative thoughts, the more easily they will pop up, and the same is true for positive thoughts.

Creating your own personal morning affirmation can be easily made on a cell phone using voice memos, camera roll, or even TikTok. To keep the positive affirmations going, write a few statements that you'd like to hear and keep track of them. Then change them up each week to keep the positivity flowing.