Hello there! I am one of those people that do NOT want to get up in the morning. Sound familiar? I changed just a few things to help myself start my day off right so I could be as productive as possible every day.
Avoid The Snooze Button Like The Plague
It is so so so tempting to hit snooze when your alarm goes off; or even to set multiple alarms just in case the first one doesn’t wake you up, just ask my husband 😉 Stop it. Stop hitting snooze and get yourself up out of bed! When you snooze and then jolt awake repeated, you’re actually making yourself MORE tired and groggy, not rested and refreshed. Figure out what time you need to get up to stay on track for the day and set the alarm for then. It’s best to get 8-9 hours of sleep a night, so adjust your bedtime if needed. Once you get into a good routine, you might find that you don’t need an alarm after a while.
Do Some Stretches
As soon as I wake up, I focus first on my breathing, centering my thoughts. Next I work on my stretches. I have a lot of lower back, hip and leg pain that usually makes it pretty painful to walk. Since I started stretching more in the morning I have been able to walk easier, go up and down the stairs by myself and spend more time on my feet during the day.
Give Yourself A Pep Talk
While I am stretching, I give myself a little pep talk. The way you treat and think about yourself has a significant impact on how you feel and how much energy you have throughout the day. Instead of waking up and thinking “Ugh, I just want to go back to sleep! I’m not ready to start my day…” try saying “Today I’m going to get xyz done so I can treat myself by…” Instead starting your day looking for something to complain about, find something that brings your happiness.
Let In Some Light
As soon as you get out of bed, open the shades. Let the sunshine in your face and drink in the day. The natural light will help wake you up. I like to spend my mornings outside on our deck drinking coffee and reading a book now that it’s started warming up. Just being able to be outside more has done tremendous things for my overall health and fatigue.
Straighten Things Up
I didn’t use to make my bed, sometimes I still don’t. I always thought what’s the point? I’m getting back into it later anyway. On days that I do make my bed, things seem more put together in my head. It gives me time to get my brain and body moving and when I come back to it later, it feels more calm in my bedroom.
Like I said before, I changed just a few things to help myself start my day off right so I could be as productive as possible every day. Try a few of these tips yourself and let me know how it helps you!