Raise your hand if mornings just aren’t your thing? While some people consider themselves to be early birds, others find getting up in the morning one of the most stressful occasions throughout the day. You’re groggy, your mind is racing, and your body doesn’t want to cooperate. If you have other responsibilities like caring for kids, pets, or elderly relatives, this only adds to your stress and frustration.
What you may not realize, however, is that your mornings set the tone and pace for the rest of the day. When you get off to a rough start, it’s hard to recover. Everything you’re feeling and experiencing seems to follow you throughout the day, making it difficult to complete other tasks. Ultimately, you must learn how to get off to a good start to turn things around. Below are some suggestions.
Go To Bed On Time
If you’re up until the late hours of the night, it’s going to have an impact on your quality of sleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep, waking up the next day is challenging. You want to hit the snooze button and let the day pass, but you can’t. So you wake up in a bad mood and try to get things done on half a tank, causing you to feel drained before lunchtime.
Determine what time you’re going to go to bed and stick to it. Avoid any stressful or strenuous activities, create a calming bedtime routine, and hit the sack.
Set An Alarm
When you wake up late, you automatically increase your stress levels and lower your mood. Fortunately, you can avoid this by setting an alarm. Ensure that it’s enough time for you to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep. Place the alarm away from your bedside table. That way, you have to get up to turn the alarm off, which reduces the likelihood of hitting the snooze and oversleeping.
Create A Morning Ritual
You spend a better part of your day doing things for others. Whether it’s your children, significant other, relatives, friends, employers, or clients, being there for others reduces the time you have for yourself. So, before you start investing your time and energy in everyone else, begin your day by taking time for yourself. A morning ritual is a practical solution to consider.
What are some things you can do in the morning that is just for you that would improve your mood and well-being? You can meditate, exercise, journal, listen to music or an inspirational podcast, drink some cold brew coffee, or read a book.
Eat A Healthy Breakfast
It’s not uncommon for people to be so busy in the morning that they forget to eat breakfast. Although it might not seem like a big deal, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It’s the first fuel your mind and body receive. Think about it like owning a car. If you continue to drive a vehicle without refueling, eventually, you won’t be able to drive.
You need to eat breakfast. It doesn’t have to be a large meal, but it should have essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals your body needs to get a good start. You can make smoothies, have a yogurt and some granola, eat an omelet, or enjoy a healthy bagel, muffin, or pastry. You can find plenty of recipes online to help you diversify your breakfast for more variety and enjoyment.
They say the early bird catches the worm, but getting up in the mornings isn’t always easy. Many people find that it’s a struggle every day. While it would be nice to sleep in and get up whenever you want, it’s not realistic for most people. Ultimately, the most effective thing to do is find ways to get off to a good start each morning. Going to bed on time, setting an alarm, creating a morning ritual, and indulging in a healthy breakfast are practical solutions to reduce the stress of waking up. With a better morning, you’ll find that the rest of your day is a lot easier to manage.