There are two types of people when it comes to waking up in the morning. Those that awaken invigorated, well rested, and ready to conquer the day and those that drag out of bed and never fell quite ready for the day. This particular post is for you. I’m going to give you a few tips to help your mornings go smoother and feel better about starting your day.
Get your sleep
This may seem very obvious and not much of tip but it is something that many people fail to do. Common knowledge is that you should be getting 8 hours of sleep every night. While some studies suggest that you need somewhere in the realm of 7-9 hours, this is still more than the average amount of sleep for adults in the U.S. Going to sleep an hour earlier can greatly increase the quality of your mornings and the rest of the day that follows.
Don’t do something stressful before bed:
Quality of sleep is just as important as the amount of sleep you receive. If you are tossing and turning all night you are not allowing your body the quality of sleep you need to feel refreshed every morning.
There’s just something about going to sleep stressed with the pressures of everyday life on your shoulders that carries over throughout the night and into the morning. Before bed you should do something like read a few chapter of an interesting book or listen to some relaxing music.
If watching T.V. or YouTube videos is a good way for you to calm down then you should minimize it. The bright screens from most televisions, computers, and smartphones can make it a little harder for you to fall asleep.
It may take you slightly longer to fall asleep but the quality of sleep you will gain is far more important than the few minutes extra it will take to fall asleep.
Don’t do rigorous exercise right before bed:
This may be a point that several people disagree with me on but rigorous activity has a tendency to give you a boost of energy. Now I’m not talking about very strenuous labor such as working 10hr shifts in a warehouse, which was a very tiring summer job. I’m talking about 30 minutes to an hour in the gym.
I go to the gym pretty much every day, as I am a strong advocate for health and exercise, and when I get done I’m not going to sleep for several hours. Everyone is different and not saying that you should change your workout schedule if you fall right to sleep after you get home, but you should consider it if you find sleeping a problem.
Consistency is one characteristic that can make or break your success.
Consistency is one of the most essential traits you should develop and you should not fail to be consistent with your sleep schedule. We are creatures of habit and sleep is no different. As you start to go sleep at a set time and wake up at the same time every day, your body will start to fall into a rhythm.
As you start to develop this rhythm it will become less of a chore and more of just the way you wake up and go to sleep. You will start to fall asleep at a certain time, don’t just fight through the fatigue, and you will wake up at a certain time, and don’t hit the snooze button.
Do something positive in the morning:
Starting your day on a positive day is setting yourself up for success. Nothing can make your day seem like it’s going terribly then a bad morning.
“Waking up on the wrong side of the bed” really can ruin your day.
So do something positive in the morning. If you’re a blogger, I’m a little biased towards bloggers, write a post and it might lighten your mood and jumpstart your day. Read some funny quotes, look up some jokes, or maybe there’s a funny video on Facebook, just find a way to laugh as laughter really is the best medicine. Maybe you could put some interesting facts in your children’s lunch.
These are just examples but you should find something that makes you smile and do that for a short time in the morning.
Wake Up Early Enough:
A very obvious point, yes, but this still may be a problem for a lot of people. Waking with just enough to wake up, go through your mourning ritual, and leave the house can leave you feeling rushed. There’s something that is very calming about giving yourself enough time to get everything done in a calm orderly manner.
There is nothing fun about rushing, and wondering if you are even going to make it wherever you are trying to go. You are creating a very stressful situation for yourself and a very stressful start to your day that could have all been avoided if you woke up just 20 minutes earlier. If you just set your alarm clock 20 minutes earlier you can avoid all the stress, well not all but a considerable amount of stress from your morning.
Stress can have sort of a spiraling effect and tends to lead to more and more stress. Cutting a good chunk of your morning stress can help lead to a happier, less stressful, and more productive day.
There is never going to be a perfect morning and of course distractions and stressful events can, and often times will, happen during the day. One way to conquering and not contributing to these stresses is to put these few keys into action.
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