LifeHacks: Early Mornings
Those who know me well, know how much I love early mornings. Waking up when the birds do. Doing some morning yoga. Making my smoothie bawl. Greeting the day before everyone else does. That’s what I look forward to each and every night.
However, these past few weeks have been a total hustle for waking up on time. I used to have no problems with oversleeping. But it seems like the summer days got me out of my usual sleeping pattern.
Yesterday, I fell completely out of track. I overslept so I had to jump out of bed, get dressed in a matter of seconds, and run out the door so that I could get on with my daily to-do’s.
And don’t get me wrong, I’m not someone that always wakes up early and is super organized. There was a time when I was the girl with a Mary Poppins bag. I would carry around everything that I could possibly need throughout my day. I have mastered quite some skills during that time, like eating and putting makeup on while in the car, on the go. However, I got to a point where I hated being the girl that always runs through her days. I had to stop myself for a second and get it together.
So now, I have an entire pattern that I go through whenever I need to get myself back in the game. I call it the ‘restart’. This time I though why now share it with all of you. I bet someone else is also going through the same struggle so here are my tips on early mornings.
- Do not skip Breakfast
I know that it’s easy to let breakfast fall low in your list of priorities, but having something to eat within the 2 hours of waking will certainly make a difference to your entire day. After the overnight fast your body and brain need fuel. Having some fruit for breakfast takes only few minutes of your time but it will for sure help you kick start your metabolism. Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
- Listen to music
Regardless of how your morning looks like, it is the time of the day where we all need to find some energy and power.
Scientists have found that songs with heavy bass tend to inspire feelings of power, and produce a surge of confidence and more complex conceptual thought. Simultaneously it makes it the perfect way to start your day.
- Form a sleeping pattern
Having a sleeping pattern and following it every day will help you teach your body when it is time to relax and recharge. It will make it much easier for you to wake up once the alarm goes on.
- Have something to look forward to the next day
Before going to sleep, I like having at least one exciting thing in mind that I might do the next day. It simply makes me feel positive once I open my eyes in the morning.
- Break your snooze button addiction
Waking up in the middle of a pleasant REM sleep cycle can really make any morning feel like torture. Sleep Time, an app available on iOS and Google Play, is an alarm clock that monitors your sleep cycles and wakes you up at just the right time, leaving you much more refreshed, even on the earliest of days.
And for those of you who don’t like sleeping with your phone near you, having to actually get up in order to turn off the alarm already makes it that much easier to stay up rather that rolling over and going back to sleep so just keep doing that.
- Have a morning routine
Make your bed, have a relaxing shower, stretch out, and if you have more time do an entire yoga session or go for a run.
Find something that you like doing, that can help you wake up and make it a routine. For instance, I love doing a short yoga flow. Even in my busiest of days, a 10 minute yoga cycle for me is a game changer.
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