5 Habits to Start Every Morning to Set Your Day Up Better
Mornings. They can be the worst, but they don’t have to be. By changing your sleeping habits, you can save yourself a world of grogginess and not knowing what day of the week it is when you wake up, by simply following a few tips and tricks that will take your morning from being slow and unproductive to being energized, productive and ready to start the day or week. It’s all about creating a schedule and a sleep regimen that works the best for you and your body and will really help to get you motivated to get out of bed in the morning. Everyone wakes up differently, but below are some tips to help you stay motivated in the morning.
1. Stop Hitting Snooze!
Hitting snooze is the worst thing you can do for your body. You may think that you are “completing your sleep cycle” but really you are disrupting it and make it start all over again. Snooze tricks your brain into thinking you are starting sleep all over again, so by the time you are ready to stop hitting snooze you have already harmed your body by disrupting another sleep cycle. There are a few things that you can do to help in not hitting snooze and waking up with at the first sound of your alarm.
- Set your alarm clock on an opposite side of the room. This will force you to get up out of bed and walk over to turn your alarm off and since you are already out of bed, you mine as well stay up
- Change up the alarm sound. If you have to wake up at different times each day try picking a different song or alarm sound each day, this will help trick your brain into being alerted to a new sound and not have it become familiar with just one sound, which could lead you to hitting the snooze button or oversleeping
- Change your environment. If you are really having trouble, make your bed less inviting, this will help your brain to tell your body that you are just in bed to sleep
2. Make your Bed
It’s time to stop being lazy in the morning and make your bed. Not only does it help you become more productive during the day it’s also accomplishing the first task of the day and prepares you for things you don’t want to do (like cleaning the bathroom later). There are other major health benefits to making your bed in the morning, such as getting more sleep, enjoying your job more than those who don’t make their beds and working out more regularly. It de-clutters your mind and makes you become a happier person. So, take the 5 minutes in the morning to make your bed and begin your day on a positive, happy note.
3. Drink a Glass of Water
While many people want to begin their day with a cup of coffee, the better choice is water. Starting your day with two glasses of water helps to re hydrate your body, which has become dehydrated from sleeping and jump starts your system for the day. Drinking water in the morning also helps to ensure that your metabolism is functioning at its best, which helps your system stay functioning all day.
4. Open the Blinds
Don’t get ready in the dark. It’s one of the worst things you can do for your body, which is trying to adjust from being asleep all night. Open your blinds or if it’s gloomy and cloudy outside turn on a bright light. Light helps your internal clock know that it’s morning and that it’s time to start the day. Don’t trick your body by getting ready in darkness or in barely any light. You won’t be doing yourself any favors. The best thing you can do is open your blinds or turn on your light. This will get your body up and at ‘em and ready to take on the day.
5. Eliminate Decision Making as Much as Possible
The last important thing you can do for yourself in the morning is to eliminate decisions. Not all decisions, just the ones that don’t really need to be answered in the morning, too many decisions in the morning will drain your brain and slow you down for the rest of the day. You don’t want that, you want your mornings to be productive, so you can keep up with that all day. Write down your to do list the evening before so that you don’t drain your brain in the morning and can remain positive and productive all day.
Mornings Don’t Have to Be Terrible
Ultimately it comes down to the decisions you make on a daily basis that will determine if you are going to have a great productive morning and day or a groggy, tiresome day. Use the advice above the best way it will work for you. Everyone’s bodies and brains work differently, so it all comes down to what combinations work the best for you. Mornings don’t have to be rough, they can be a great way to start your day or week, you just need to start doing tasks that help you brain stay alert. Try adding one new thing to your morning routine a week and soon enough you will be on your way to having the best morning routine for a productive and healthy you!