When you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, the rest of your day is bound to be crap. But try this morning ritual to always start the day off right.
There is nothing worse than dreading getting up. If you feel like you want to stay up late just so you don't have to go to bed and face another day, something needs to change. ASAP. I don't have advice on how to change your life, but I do have something to say about getting a good start to the day. Start the day off right, and you'll be smiling all the way to bed.
I am no morning person. In fact, I loathe the process of getting up. Sleeping in is what I look forward to every weekend. But sleep is not a luxury; it's a necessity. In general, human adults need 6 - 8 sleep, depending on the individual. So, the first step to starting your day off right is to work out how much sleep you need to fully recharge and work out your routine from there. Going to bed at the same time every night, and waking up at the same time each morning is key to starting your day off right.
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Once you're getting the right amount of sleep, you'll be well on the way to good mornings. But forming your routine will still require some self-motivation which isn't easy. We've all had the intention of getting up early and doing stuff, but the snooze button is the devil on your shoulder in quick-touch form. Resist it. Better still, find an alarm that doesn't have a snooze capability. The majority of people set alarms on their phones which isn't the best idea. Your phone shouldn't play a part in your winddown routine, and it's best to exclude it from your wake up regime, too.
Wake up to a traditional alarm clock, set for the same time every day - even weekends - and place it somewhere in your room you have to get out of bed to reach. The hardest part of getting up in the morning is that very first step, getting out of your cosy bed - if you're forced to jump out to stop the racket, the worst will be over before you have time to think about it.
Give yourself an hour to be up before you have to do something like go to work or bring the kids to school. Do something for yourself in that time, something enjoyable. Some people start their day with exercise; if that's a step too far, some morning stretches can literally loosen you up for the day. A bit of meditation won't go astray either. Wake up with something to look forward to, like a lovely breakfast or the only but best cup of coffee you'll have all day. Take your time in the shower and putting on your makeup (but I recommend choosing your outfit the night before because that's too big a decision to make at the crack of dawn).
Recipe for a good start
- Get your optimum number of hours' sleep every night
- Set your alarm on an alarm clock on the other side of the room
- Never hit the snooze button
- Wake up at the same time every day
- Have a mindfull five minutes
- Do some morning streaches
- Have an un-rushed shower
- Take your time doing your hair and makeup (when you look polished, you feel polished)
- Have an A-1 cup of joe
- Leave with a smile on your face
Do you have trouble winding down or getting up? Have you learned any tips along the way?