It’s the morning, you’ve already snoozed your alarm clock three times, you’ve rolled all over the bed, but you can’t delay it anymore – you have to get up. You zombie-walk your way to the kitchen, put some coffee on the stove before you find yourself in the bathroom. It’s all on autopilot – preparing kids for school, packing lunches, and off you go. Does this sound familiar?
How You Fall Asleep Is How You Wake Up
Too many people go about their morning half-aware of what’s going on. It doesn’t start in the morning thou. The habit of skipping mornings and starting your day on autopilot mode begins with the way you go to bed in the evening. Has it ever happened to you that you fall asleep feeling one intense emotion, maybe sadness or anger, and you wake up feeling the same? Alternatively, you fell asleep thinking about that problem you have, and you wake up not feeling rested.
Change Your Habits
If you want to change your mornings, you have to change your evenings. Here are some useful tips to help you sleep:
- Ditch all electronic devices an hour before bedtime
- Don’t eat at least three hours before you go to sleep
- Do some light stretching exercises before bed
- Make meditation a daily habit
- Don’t have coffee or energy drinks after 4 pm
- Play some guided meditation to help you fall asleep
Are You a Morning Person
Are you the one hearing people say they’re not a morning person, or you’re the one saying it? The question is whether this is just a trend, or there’s some science behind it. Body temperature is one factor that’s linked to sleeping habits. Another thing is melatonin, which, when produced more, affects our internal clock and makes us sleepy. The increase in melatonin happens earlier in the morning people and triggers them to go to bed early.
Do You Snooze?
Whether you’re a morning person or not, if you have a 9-5 job, you have to wake up early and get everything done before leaving the house. If you’re a fan of snoozing, you want to rethink it. Every time the alarm goes off, it makes a mess in your brain, switching up the brain wave patterns. To avoid stress, incorporate the evening habits, and train yourself to wake up naturally.
You’re Up, Now What?
Now that you’ve opened you’re eyes, resist the habit to grab your phone immediately. Scrolling through social media before you’ve accomplished anything, might deteriorate your creativity. While you’re still laying in bed, you can repeat an affirmation to yourself, and set the intention for the day. Here are some examples:
- I have an abundance of energy
- Today, I am a magnet for amazing ideas
- The sunrise fills me with confidence
- Today is full of possibilities
- Unlimited energy flows my way today
One of the things that all successful people have in common is writing a journal. The best time to do this in the morning because it lets you verbalize the intention for the day. Don’t take any notepad for this, choose the one that you find pleasant, the one you will want to touch and write to in the morning. Every morning, sit for 3-5 minutes and write your thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Let this be the expression of your new morning self.
Stretch for 5 Minutes
Even if you exercise daily, morning is especially important to stretch, because during the night our body tightens. Depending on how you sleep, your shoulders are probably suffering, or it’s your hips, neck, or spine. For only 5 minutes every morning, you can release all the tension in your body and start the day anew. Here are some suggestions, if you have a pullup bar, or if you prefer trying a couple of different stretches.
Just Sit and Breathe
How your morning will go is up to you. No matter how hectic it can get, you will always have two minutes for yourself. Use this time wisely: sit in a comfortable position, set your timer for two minutes, gently close your eyes and breathe. Your mind will go wild, and you need to focus it solely on your breath. If you don’t have room in your house, lock the bathroom door and sit on the tub, floor or toilet. No excuses for this one!
Remember, it only takes 10 minutes to transform your morning completely.