Most of us find it hard to get into gear in the mornings. Here are a few easy ways to raise your energy and start your day off right.
The term ‘morning person’ has never applied to me and I’m sure there are tons of you who can relate! And now that the days are starting to get shorter it’s getting even harder to leap out of bed every morning.
Unfortunately getting up in the morning is non-negotiable so here’s how to make those sleepy mornings go a bit smoother:
Don’t hit the snooze button on your alarm!
Snooze may be your favorite button, but you’re going to have to break this habit! The snooze function allows you to sneak in a few more 4-9 minute periods of rest, but falling back to sleep for these short amounts of time is actually harmful to sleep hygiene. It’s best to set your alarm for the time you actually need to get up and remain in your blissful REM sleep a little longer.
Speaking of alarms…
You may want to get yourself a new one. Waking up to a shrill buzzer coming from your alarm clock or phone is not a pleasant way to start the day! Even if you have yours set to turn on the radio or a song in your playlist it’s still rather jolting – and then you likely have that song stuck in your head all day!
You can find alarms that gradually emit light into your otherwise dark room to awaken you naturally, or some have a gentle noise that starts off slowly and quietly and gradually gets louder. You can find similar apps for your phone if you don’t want to use a separate alarm. Waking up this way is more natural and easier on your body.
Keep a notepad and pen near the bed
This one can serve a few purposes. If you’re a person who has vivid, memorable dreams this is your chance to write them down while they’re fresh in your mind. Jot down any details you remember as soon as you wake up and after a few weeks you may see a pattern to your dreams – there are lots of good, quality dream interpretation books and websites out there that can help you with that.
Possibly getting an insight into your mind is enough of a reason to get some people excited to rise in the morning. If dreams and insight aren’t your thing, the pen and paper can come in handy for jotting down your goals and affirmations for the day. Keep them simple – things you are looking forward to and are thankful for. Being in a positive frame of mind will start your day off on the right note.
After sleeping for 8 hours our bodies get slightly dehydrated and starting your day with coffee just dehydrates it further. I’m not telling you to give up your coffee or anything drastic like that, but drink a glass or two of water as soon as you wake up to re-hydrate your body. You’ll probably be surprised at how much more alert you feel!
Have a good breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and THEY are right! Breakfast fuels you up for the day so choose smart – and don’t dare skip it. Meat, eggs, yogurt and other high protein foods keep you going for longer than sugary treats will.
Add some fiber with fiber rich bread or a supplement added to a high protein smoothie and you’ll likely feel more alert and satisfied right through the morning.
Stretching and meditation
While most of us know these are a great way to wind down before bed, they are also great in the morning! Work out those kinks you got from sleeping with a few gentle yoga poses and find some morning power meditations to get your mind and body ready for the day ahead.
Keep your wardrobe simple
I wrote a post not too long ago on creating a Capsule Wardrobe (check it out!) Basically it’s paring down your wardrobe to a select amount of clothing that all work well together to take the stress out of getting dressed in the morning. Standing at your closet for 10 minutes deciding what to wear is not a great way to spend your morning. Use those extra minutes to do your stretching – or sleep in a bit more.
What are you like in the morning?
Are you a morning person? Share with us your favorite ways to ‘rise and shine’ every morning.