Wake Up Happier Everyday
Posted on 09 September 2018
I struggle to get going in the morning (I am sure we all do) but I have implemented some strategies that make the a.m. easier. I would never call myself a morning person, but I have no choice. The alarm is set for 6am Monday through Friday. I have to get up and get myself ready, get Kennedy ready, get Carter ready, make lunches, make breakfast for everyone, and of course do a million other things around the house before we leave. Thankfully I have found some ways to make mornings less hectic and more enjoyable. I hope they bring you some peace and make your days happier and easier.
Be smarter about your alarm. I have my alarm clock (my iPhone) next to my bed on my bedside table and I never press snooze. I set it, it goes off, and I get right up. You have to seriously lie to yourself. It is mind over matter, so just tell yourself you love mornings and you can't wait to start the day and you will convince yourself it is true. Just think of all the things you can accomplish by getting up and starting your day first thing in the morning.
Pull open the curtains or open the blinds. Light helps regulate melatonin, the hormone that tells our bodies when to wake and sleep. So let those rays stream on in!
Get exercise. I feel energized when I am able to start my morning with a work out. But the reality is that I can't do it every day. I always do at least a couple of stretches while I am making the kids pancakes or waffles. I also try to do lunges when I am blow drying or styling my hair.
Shut off those devices. I know it is so hard to do! But, you will say you are going to check Instagram for just a minute and before you know it is midnight! Give yourself a curfew and maybe try reading a book instead.