Not all of us have the ability to jump out of bed on the first alarm, ready to face the world and anything the day throws at us. In fact, quite a lot of us spend the first part of the day repeatedly banging the snooze button on the alarm and cursing whoever it was that invented mornings.
However, it is possible to become more of a morning person. All it takes is developing a routine that makes waking up a little less traumatic, and a little more exciting.
If you start practicing it every morning, the routine below will make you function a lot better in the mornings. It will eventually start to remove the dread and you may even start to enjoy the time you carve out for yourself at the very beginning of the day.
So, if like many of us, you’re the opposite of a morning person, try the routine below for a few weeks and see what difference it can make in your life. Remember, this stems on the basis that you’re getting a quality amount of sleep. Not watching netflix until 4am and waking up 3 hours later….
No one’s going to be happy waking up after that!
The opposite side of the room is even better. One of the hardest bad-morning routines to break is hitting the snooze button. Getting those few minutes of extra sleep acrually make you feel worse when you are woken the next time – you need to get up the first time!
By having your alarm at the other side of the room. You have to physically get up to turn it off. Eventually when you have gotten used to getting up on your first alarm, you can move it closer to you.
When you wake, take a moment to sit up in bed and gently stretch (If you’ve gotten up to turn off your alarm, jump back into bed – but don’t fall back asleep!). Arms above your head stretch up and to the sides. Twist your body, arch your bad – basically ease the kinks out of your body from a night lying down.
This allows you to wake up further in a gentle manner. Let’s face it, sometimes there’s no better feeling than a good stretch!
Don’t look at your smartphone for at least 30 minutes after waking
Don’t be tempted to check your smartphone at all. Ideally use an actual alarm clock rather than your phone. If you’re someone who’s tempted by seeing something flash up on their screen then turn off notifications.
You’ll have plenty of time to catch up and check in with the world, but you have to wake up properly first.
Drink a glass of water
We get very dehydrated during the night so it’s essential to replace as much of those fluids as possible. Drink a large glass of water and for more benefits, as well as a better taste, make it lemon water. This simply involves you making up a jug of water with a few slices of lemon the night before.
This has many benefits including kick starting your metabolism, burning fat and giving you even more energy to begin the day with.
Numerous studies have shown that exercise greatly improves productivity. The endorphins released can improve your mood for up to 12 hours after you work out, which means the morning is a perfect time to exercise to set yourself up for a great day.
On top of the obvious health benefits, working out in the morning means we’ve ticked off an accomplishment first thing, which as an excellent motivation tool. Once you’ve ticked off one achievement, you’ll look forward to getting to the rest and you’re getting yourself in a productive frame of mind, right from the get-go.
Listen to music
Listening to music has a big impact on our emotions. If you listen to your favourite positive and uplifting tracks, it’s going to put you in a great mood.
Consider a player you can use while taking your morning shower! This way you’ll kill two birds with one stone and get out of the shower feeling amazing and ready to take on anything!
Make breakfast your biggest meal
Breakfast is a really important meal and you’re basically fueling yourself for a full day. It’s the best time to eat the most because you have the most time to burn it off, you need energy to keep you going for the rest of the day, and you need to prive nourishment to your body after exercising.
Protein is a must after working out so consider eggs and other healthy foods such as fruit and oats.
Set your priorities for the day
Pick the three things that you have to get done today. In this way you’re not overwhelming yourself, you’re identifying your most essential tasks, and anything else you get completed is a bonus.
It’s a great way to keep productivity and motivation levels on the up. When we try to achieve too much we can get overwhelmed and dread the coming day. So, keep it simple and keep it achievable.