You’re all snuggled up in dreamland when all of a sudden… “Beep, beep, beep”. The world outside your bed, resembles a version of hell that you’re not ready to deal with. After hitting snooze for what feels like the hundredth time, you roll out of bed and try to get yourself together. Yet, somehow you still manage to put orange juice on your cereal, instead of milk. Sound familiar? Clearly, you’re not much of a morning person but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be! Here’s a few simple tips that can help even the moodiest morning monster.
Go to sleep earlier
This may seem pretty obvious but so many of us don’t get enough rest. It’s important to get a good night’s sleep to prepare yourself for the day ahead. It may vary from person to person but 7-9 hours per night is the recommended amount for an adult.
Now, this doesn’t mean you need to revert back to your childhood bedtime of 7.30 pm but there’s nothing wrong with going to bed before midnight. When you really think about it, what are you achieving in the extra hour that you stay up? Two episodes of a TV show? One level on your favourite game? It probably isn’t worth it. It’s much easier to get up in the morning when you’ve had some decent shut eye.
Stay off your phone
How much time do you spend scrolling through your news feed every morning before you get out of bed? What about all the YouTube videos you watch right before you fall asleep? We’re all guilty of it, but it might be a big part of the reason for your late nights or rushed mornings.
If you’re a slow mover in the morning as it is, the last thing you need is another distraction. Hold off on going through your phone till breakfast time or the commute to work – whatever your routine may be. Otherwise, you might get stuck in that endless scroll vortex we all seem to get lost in!
Evenings are supposed to be about winding down and when you’re burying your face in a bright screen, it keeps your brain active and makes you less tired. Try staying off your phone right before bed and unwind with a book or light music to relax your body and get a good night’s rest.
Everyone has their personal preference when it comes to exercise time but morning sessions certainly have their perks. Of course, getting up for an early morning run or yoga class isn’t the easiest thing in the world but the feeling you get once you’ve completed a workout, makes it so worth it.
Often when we wake up in the morning, we’re tired and a little disorganised because our bodies are telling us to go back to bed. Starting your day with some exercise helps to clear your head, wakes you up and puts you in a positive mind frame for the rest of the day. Plus, it’s always nice to feel accomplished before your day has even really started!
Have a good breakfast
When you see a grumpy person in the morning and ask if they’ve had breakfast, the answer is often, no. As cliché as it may be, breakfast truly is “the most important meal of the day.” Let’s face it, being “hangry” is real and if you’re already not much of a morning person, a grumbling tummy is going to make it 10 times worse! Whether you whip up a fancy omelette or scoff down some toast and grab a piece of fruit for the road, it will make all the difference.
A simple breaky option that will fill you up till lunch is light Greek yogurt with granola and fresh fruit or throw together your favourite fruits and veggies for a smoothie on the go. Quick, easy and a great way to start the day. By the way, coffee does not count as breakfast!