Waking up in the morning and breaking free of the cozy warmth of your blanket may be one of the most difficult things you do each day when you’re struggling with your mental health. Thoughts about all the things you need to do today flood your mind and you feel overwhelmed before you’ve even opened your eyes so you hit the snooze button on your alarm once more.
The next time you come around from your slumber you check the time just to realise you’ve overslept. You’re running late. You jolt out of bed in a blind panic and rush into the day.
This probably sounds familiar to you but mornings are not by definition a challenge and can be made to be a pleasant enjoyable part of your day. The key is to keep your first waking hour consistent.
Every time you’re faced with a decision, you spend time and energy thinking about the resolution or answer to that decision and when you’re starting the day it’s important to avoid this sort of mental fatigue. This can easily be achieved with a simple morning routine.
Having a constructive morning routine can help ease you into the day and prepare you for any challenges you may face in the late morning and afternoon. This period can help build up mental momentum, productivity and positivity by building up to the brains peak time for cognitive work. Here are some suggestions to make your mornings easier.
It’s easier to wake up when you aren’t rushing to wake up. When you allocate yourself time to lay in bed and slowly adjust, you’ll feel more motivated to open your eyes and allow your body to get into gear. Give yourself a few minutes of laziness and then follow these steps:
-Open your curtains, natural light helps to improve your mood and increase your energy and alertness for the entire day. You may have noticed, if you’ve ever been camping, that being woken up by the sun is a much more pleasant experience than being woken up by any alarm.
-Once your awake put your favourite spotify playlist or radio on, music lights up the whole brain.
-Get stretching, increasing the blood flow to your muscles to get them ready to go.
If you’re honest with yourself, you’d probably agree that this isn’t much to ask and can really help you get your day started on the right foot. If you’re feeling really adventurous why not go for quick jog around the block, even just a walk to the end of the street and back? Science has repeatedly shown that frequent excercise, no matter how small, directly correlates with an increase in happiness.
It’s important to get a morning routine started, no matter how simple, you can even incorporate your drive or work to work as part of it. As an example, here’s a simple morning routine:
- 7:00 – Wake up and open your eyes.
- 7:15 – Open your curtains to get light into your room, put on some music and do some light stretching.
- 7:30 – Eat a healthy breakfast with fruit and a glass of water while reading of your favourite novel.
- 8:00 – Shower and get ready for work.
- 8:30 – Drive to work or walk if you can to get in some excercise.
- 9:00 – Start your work day with a simple strategising session to plan out your tasks.
If you’re the type of person to snooze until it’s too late, jump out of bed, throw on some clothes and head straight out of the door you may struggle initially to wake up the first time the alarm goes off. You can avoid this by getting to bed a bit earlier and ensuring you follow good sleep hygiene but once you’ve got your mornings under control, you’ll find yourself reaping the benefits throughout the entire day.
Enjoy your mornings, don’t fear them.