With autumn now in full swing and winter fast approaching, I've been thinking of ways to make waking up in the morning a little easier especially when it is barely daylight when it is time to wake up from our slumber. I am hoping that these tips will be helpful not only to myself but to anyone else who could do with some good encouragement in the mornings to start the day.
- No Snoozing; Try not to hit the snooze button when your alarm goes off! choose the time you wish to wake up and tell yourself snoozing is not an option.
- Hydrate; I like to start my mornings with a mug of warm water with a few slices of lemon. this serves two purposes firstly it helps to hydrate your body and it also helps to kickstart your metabolism as well as keeping those pesky cold bugs at bay this time of year.
- No phone; In this digital age it has become a habit of ours to reach for our phones as soon as we open our eyes. Try not reaching for your phone for a mini morning digital detox, notifications and social media can wait a while!
- Focus on today; No matter what happened yesterday, it is now in the past focus on the here and now, the new day and all it's new possibilities
- Let in some natural light; I know, I know, natural light can be scarce this time of the year especially here in the UK first thing in the morning but it's a good idea to get as much naturall light as you possibly can as it can help lift the mood.
- Make your bed; Making your bed in the morning not only make your room neater but also ensures that come bedtime you have a nice neat and well made bed to sleep in again.
- Exercise; It is a good thing to do some light exercise in the morning like stretching or yoga as this can set you up for the whole day making you feel invigorated and ready to deal with anything that comes your way.
- Have Breakfast; After exercising a nice healthy and nutritious breakfast eaten with attention is another great way to set you up for the day ahead.
- Read / Journal; Try reading something lighthearted, positive or motivational in the morning. Alternatively a bit of journalling is a great way to set you up for the day by setting up goals
- Listen to music; Listening to music that you love is a great way to start the day whether this is something soothing to calm you down or upbeat to get you up and going it's a good mood lifter
What things do you like to do in the morning to help you start your day right?