Mornings can be rough. Especially for those of us who aren't exactly morning people; those of us who hit the snooze button time and time again, until we roll over to see we have just 10 minutes to get to work on time.
It may seem like there's barely enough time in the morning to brush your teeth, let alone sit down and enjoy a nice breakfast while filling out a crossword puzzle. But, implementing habits and a routine that allow for some downtime in the AM hours can seriously benefit your energy levels, productivity and overall happiness for the rest of the day.
There are so many easy ways to jumpstart your day that it's worth getting rid of the snooze button and getting up to seize the day. In no time, your body will be used to your newly found morning energy and you'll be on your way to becoming a 'morning person'.
Hitting the snooze button can mess up your entire day. Those few minutes are not worth throwing off your internal clock. When the alarm goes off, adrenaline kicks in, and your body is ready to get up and go. Hit the snooze to catch some extra Zs and your body and mind become confused making you feel more out of it then if you had waken up with the first alarm.
Studies show that getting outside can increase your creativity and happiness. Take in some fresh air, go for a walk, or simply watch the sun rise for a few minutes. The time spent outside can help you feel more alert and at ease later in the day.
Getting your exercise in before you start your day has shown to be beneificial in many ways. Studies have shown that exercise makes you more productive at work, can help with your sleeping patterns and shows an overall increase in your energy levels for the rest of the day.
Keep a glass of water by your bedside so when you wake up it is the first thing you reach for. Not only will this wake you up immediately, but it will also kick start your metabolism. Also, for those who find difficulty getting up after the first buzz of the alarm, drinking a glass of water often makes you feel like you have to pee, thus getting you directly out of bed.
Breakfast can determine the outcome of your day. It is the first meal to determine your energy levels for the rest of the day. While you may not have a huge appetite in the morning, giving your body good foods filled with protein can wake you up for the rest of the day. Also, eating breakfast within an hour of waking up can boost your metabolism and regulate your eating habits for the rest of the day.
Waking up is difficult. And for many, coffee is the answer. Whether it be the smell or just the sudden caffeine, people rely on it. But, studies have actually shown that caffeine has a better affect on you after you've been up a couple hours. So make your coffee at work, and stick to water at home.
If you shudder at the fear of waking up early to go to the gym, simply doing a few yoga poses or stretches can dramatically improve your day. Streching will wake up your body and improve energy and producivity.
Another great way to tell your body it's time to be alert, is by heading straight to the sink after the alarm goes off. Splash some water on your face. It will act as a trigger that telss your body it's time to start seizing the day.
Choose your outift and lay out your clothes the night before. If you plan on working out in the morning, plan that outfit ahead of time as well. Another time-saving option is to sleep in your workout gear so you can get up and get exercising first thing in the morning.
Stick to a specific morning schedule. Routine can help your mornings run smoother and jumpstart your day. Your body will get used to waking up and completing certain tasks that will help it stay awake for the rest of your day.