One of your resolutions in 2011 was to become a morning person. Guess what? It’s now 2016 and you’re still nowhere near accomplishing that. Want to make getting out of bed a little easier and make your days more productive? We’re here to help!
Once your alarm rings, don’t hit the snooze button. Immediately pull open your curtains or blinds to let natural light flood the room. I personally swear by this trick. It can be pretty shocking to your system when you’re still groggy, but that’s the whole point. The light signals to your brain that it’s time to get your ass out of bed to kickstart the day.
Once you’ve got some natural light in the room, get your body moving. You don’t have to go full-on warrior pose in a 15 minute yoga sesh. A simple 2 minute stretch can drastically improve your mood in the morning. You’ll feel a lot more alert to face the rest of the day.
Becoming a morning person begins at night. When you’re heading to bed, put your smartphone aside before turning off the lights (and then DO NOT pick it up again to browse through Instagram). We know how difficult this is, because our phones and tablets are the first things we look at in the morning and the last thing we check before bedtime. However, studies have shown that the light given off by electronic gadgets at night prevents our bodies from releasing melatonin (a hormone that tells your body it’s time to sleep) which means we take much longer to fall asleep.
Okay, this is a given. If you don’t get sufficient rest every night, no matter what you do, you’re still gonna feel pretty crappy when you get up in the morning. And by sufficient rest, we don’t mean staying up most nights and then binge sleeping on the weekends! Make sure you’re getting an average of 6.5 to 8 hours of sleep every night. If you happen to suffer from insomnia, here are 5 ways you can beat the sleepless nights (no pills involved!).
How many times have you heard “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? Well, it’s true. Start your day right with any of these super simple, yummy and healthy breakfast ideas.