Become a Morning Person
Clocks have changed, mornings are darker, that extra hour in bed has long gone. Getting out of bed in the mornings has become more of a struggle.
Having to wake in the dark is more difficult and it’s hard to motivate yourself for the day’s challenges. If you feel sluggish you are more vulnerable to back, neck and shoulder pain. Try the following:
Being shocked out of a deep sleep is not the best start to the day. Take time to wake up naturally and gradually.
- Sudden, intrusive alarm sounds are not only startling and annoying they set the day off on a bad foot. Gradually increase your wakefulness and ease yourself into a more pleasant, gentle morning routine. There are a number of apps that you can download that can help you do so, with music or a pleasant sound that slowly increases in volume to lift you quietly into consciousness.
- With longer, darker nights at this time of year, light emitting alarm clocks are far more welcoming. They provide a gradually brightening light that simulates daybreak. Wake up this way is much more welcome than being shocked out of a sound sleep.
Rehydrate and feed your body
- Feeling sluggish is common in the mornings when you wake. It isn’t always due to lack of sleep. You will not have eaten or drunk any fluids for a good 7-8 hours and dehydration can often account for how you feel. You will also need to replenish your body with the right type of nutrients to provide you with the best energy for a busy, active day.Why not keep a glass of water by your bedside to drink as you get up. It will help to clear your system. If you are going to drink coffee soon after it’s a great idea to make that two glasses before your first shot of caffeine.
- Try not to flood your system with high-sugar, high-carbohydrate cereals or foods that rapidly elevate your blood sugar. This can often be followed by a rapid hypoglycaemic drop one or two hours later. The best breakfast is one that is built on complex carbohydrates, such as oatmeal, on proteins such as eggs, and on health-giving fats such as avocado or nuts.
With a good, nutritious breakfast inside you now is the time to embark upon healthy exercise that will get your heart going and oxygen pumping through your body. It could be a fast morning stroll, a short work-out on an exercise machine, or a few yoga stretches. Not only will exercise improve your overall physical function but it is also a perfect way of clearing the mind for a less stressful, more productive morning.
To best establish healthy habits that will benefit body and mind try to commit yourself at the outset to at least 21 days. Once they have become part of your daily routine you will be feeling real benefits that will help you enjoy the day ahead.