Tips to Start your Day20th May 2022
There are two types of people, the early birds who bounce out of bed at the first glimpse of sunlight and the night owls who pull the covers over their head when it’s time to wake up.
Small changes to your morning routine can make a huge difference in getting up and ready for the day. Even night owls can learn to love mornings with some of the suggestions listed below.
Avoid the snooze button, a few extra minutes of sleep can be appealing, but resisting the temptation will only make it easier to get up. Drockling, (a term used by sleep specialists in the ‘70s) throws off your body’s internal clock that leads to sleep inertia.
Sleep inertia is that groggy feeling you get and can last two to four hours, making those ten to twenty extra minutes of snooze time less appealing.
Our bodies need natural light to reset our internal clocks. Start your day by opening the curtains or blinds, keep in mind filtered sunlight isn’t good enough you need plenty of direct sunlight. Try and get outside within an hour of waking up, go for a walk or have breakfast on the patio.
Make your Bed
Even if you have a rushed morning routine, try and spare a few minutes to make the bed. Making your bed gives you a sense of accomplishment, gets you moving and makes it harder to crawl back under the covers.
The natural sugars in orange juice will give you a rush and the bright colour can also help stimulate concentration and increase energy. So, pour yourself a glass in the morning for the visual effects, as well as the nutrients and energy boost.
The smell of fresh brewed coffee can be heavenly especially when you struggle to get out of bed. Caffeine boosts serotonin and dopamine levels, gives you energy and help you focus. If you not a coffee drinker, you could always opt for a cup of black or green tea.
When you sleep, your body naturally loses fluids and electrolytes in several ways. If you snore or breathe through your mouth at night, moisture in your nose and mouth gradually evaporates, causing mild dehydration that can result in waking up thirsty. Start your day with two glasses of water, this will keep you hydrated and make you feel more awake.
After six to eight hours of little movement, our bodies need to move. Adding some stretching to your morning routine will release the build-up of connective tissues in your muscles and reduce stiffness. This will help wake up your body by decreasing pain and boost circulation.
Scents such as peppermint, citrus, rosemary and eucalyptus are known for their energizing properties. Incorporate some of these scents into your morning routine by using essential oils, shampoos or body washes. Eating a grapefruit for breakfast or slicing a lemon to add to your tea can have the same energizing effects.
Cheerful music in the morning can boost your mood and get your body moving. Instead of waking up to a buzzing sound from your alarm, rather set your alarm to a song with a strong beat and positive vibe.
Never skip breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day and your body needs fuel to start the day. A high protein breakfast enhances human performance and alertness.
The amount of sleep you get each night, as well as the quality of that sleep, can make all the difference when it comes to waking up well-rested and refreshed.