Not everyone’s a morning person. Some of us have to drag ourselves out of bed by any means necessary, making the morning one of the most stressful and unpleasant parts of the day.
But there are things you can do to make the whole experience a little easier. We’ve put together some tips to make your mornings peaceful and enjoyable, and most importantly, to give you a great start to your day.
It may seem obvious, but it’s worth stressing that the sleep (or lack thereof) you get up has a massive effect on how you feel when you wake up. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep every night and make an effort to regulate your body clock by going to sleep and waking up at the same time for at least a week.
Get up early.
The early bird catches the worm, as they say, and that definitely applies here. Give yourself time in the morning to shower, eat, exercise etc. You’ll feel much better for not rushing around and it will put you in a nice, relaxed mindset to start the day with.
Get some sun.
The sun can be a useful ally in the morning. It can regulate your internal body clock and help your eyes to adjust to the new day, but most importantly, it can wake you up by reducing your body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that induces drowsiness. So, as soon as you get up, pull apart those curtains and catch some rays.
Drinking water is always a good idea, especially in the morning. Taking on water can get your kidneys going and help kick-start your metabolism. It can also get rid of that dry taste in your mouth. So it’s a good idea all round, really.
Another slightly obvious one, but worth mentioning all the same. Fruit, eggs, nuts and oatmeal all make great breakfasts and anything high in protein will keep you going through till lunch.
Listen to music.
Music can help to stimulate your brain while you go about your morning. It may even be worth changing your alarm sound to some music or the radio, to help ease you into the day.
Get some exercise.
You don’t have to run a mile, but some low-intensity exercise can get your blood flowing and loosen your muscles. A gentle walk or yoga are ideal activities to get you up, and keep you up.
Shower yourself in energy.
Hopefully you already have a shower most mornings, but it’s worth making an effort to buy soaps and shampoos with invigorating scents like mint, citrus or eucalyptus to give you an extra kick.
And that’s it. 8 simple tips to get your engines running in the morning and leave you feeling ready to attack the day.