First things first, I’ve got a couple of questions for you. How badly do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Further to that, once you force yourself out of bed, how are you feeling? For many of us, getting out of bed is only half of the struggle, the real challenge comes with trying to orient ourselves towards having a happy and productive day. We all weren’t born morning people, and that is perfectly okay. However, that doesn’t mean we have to be walking zombies either. This week I want to share with you 6 simple things you can implement into your daily routine to enter your day more energized and ready to take on the world.
1. Leave Your Curtains Partially Open
*insert gasp here* I know many of us feel the need for pitch black in order to fall asleep, (I get it – trust me), but as long as you aren’t going to bed when the sun is still up, cracking the curtains a few inches shouldn’t hurt. The main benefit of this practice is the natural light that aids in your awakening. Even though you will still be asleep in the morning, the natural light seeping through your eyelids will trigger your brain to slow the production of melatonin (sleep hormone) thus encouraging you to wake up – with much ease I might add. Consistent practice of this will aid in the adjustment of your “natural clock” making it easier and easier over time to wake up.
2. Change Your Alarm Sounds Frequently
Have you ever had a dream in which a fire alarm or car horn goes off and won’t stop, only to wake up and realize that it was your alarm clock all along? Well, you are not alone. Naturally our brains adapt to repetitive sounds – particularly those we have implemented to wake us from our slumber. So over time, rather than instilling fear and jolting us out of bed, the familiarity of the noise causes the alarm to lose its effectiveness.
My suggested solution to this is simple – switch up your sounds, scare yourself, and get the heck out of bed. While there is no set timeframe for how frequently you need to change your alarm, whenever you begin to find it easier and easier to either sleep through the sounds or hit snooze one million times, it is likely a good indicator that it is time for a change. For me, I typically try to switch it up every couple weeks, and set two separate alarms 5 minutes apart – the first calming and gentle and the second much more obnoxious to get me going. Find what works for you.
3. Chug Water
So, you just woke up after sleeping for 7-8 hours. I can guarantee you that your body is going to be dehydrated, which is why I like to start each day by chugging 1L of water. Now, you can chug back just any ole plain water or if you’re feeling adventurous you can try my Morning Elixir.
- 2 slices of Lemon
- 2 slices of Fresh Ginger
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Whole Chia Seeds
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother*
- 1 tsp Raw Honey**
- 2 cups of Water
* the “Mother” refers to gut-friendly enzymes, bacteria, and proteins – without the mother the health benefits are non-existent.
** raw honey contains numerous vitamins and minerals not found in regular honey therefore maintaining all of its anti-viral/anti-fungal properties
This drink proves beneficial for the following reasons and then some…
- Improves Your Digestion
- Boosts Your Metabolism
- Suppresses Your Appetite
- Improves Your Skin
- Increases Your Energy Levels
Honestly on days where I don’t drink it – my body knows.
4. Do a Face Mask
Many people recommend face masks for the evening. Step 1) Go to sleep with a face mask on. Step 2) Wake up with hydrated skin. Sounds simple enough right? While it may prove effective, for me it proves to be a nuisance and so I have opted for the alternative.
Every morning at 6am as I blindly struggle my way out from under the sheets and stumble to the bathroom, I reach for my Lush Cup O’ Coffee face mask and smear it ever so aesthetically across my face. A coffee scrub mask (whether purchased or homemade like this one here) serves to be effective in the morning for 2 reasons.
- The smell of coffee alone acts as a stimulant to the brain, therefore helping you wake up.
- The granules work as a mildly abrasive scrub and help to free up any dead skin cells or impurities that accumulated during your beauty rest.
Follow this practice up with a quality moisturizer and DAMN you will not regret this decision.
Stretching: a simple practice and yet so few of us actually do it. Think you don’t have time for a little morning yoga session? Wrong. Youtube has you covered. Try this video, or search through the hundreds of other “5 minute morning stretching routines”. Stretching out your extremities first thing in the morning will enhance blood flow, increase your alertness, and improve the oxygen flow to all of your tissues – a win, win, win situation one might say.
6. Pick One Thing You Wish to Accomplish
So you’ve thought about incorporating all of the other steps I have mentioned, but are feeling a little overwhelmed.
“These seem too hard” or “It will take too much effort/time”
That is okay. If I can leave you with one last piece of advice, I will at least try to make it easy. In this life everyone is seeking to feel a sense of contribution or purpose; a sense that the things they have done will or have made a difference.
So, I want you each and every morning, to establish one single thing you want to accomplish for that day. Keep your goal simple (i.e. I will go for a 20 minute walk, I will call my Grandma, I will pay my Visa bill, etc.). In doing this and making it something actually attainable, you are setting yourself up for success. You will not only have something to work towards, but you will also have the satisfaction of accomplishing something once it is done. What better feeling is there than that?