Imagine waking up in the morning feeling motivated and with a will to live? I know, it almost sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t. I’ve done the hard work for you, below are a few tips to get your butt from in the sheets to the streets.
1. Your bed is for sleeping.
Let me ask you this, do you do anything besides sleep and have sex in your bed? Eureka, I’ve got it! The reason you’re having a hard time falling asleep is because your brain subconsciously relates your bed to alertness and activation. Sleep researcher Ståle Pallesen believes if you engage in waking-hour activities in the bedroom you will begin to associate it with activating stimuli (in other words, you’re screwed.)
2.Whatever you do, do not press snooze.
Trust me, I understand how satisfying it is to press snooze, turn to your side, and fall back asleep. Have you ever noticed if you do fall back asleep after you press snooze you wake up feeling more tired? According to Adam Tishman, sleep expert, you’re tricking your brain into thinking its sleep mode.
3. Don’t check your phone notifications first thing in the morning.
Checking your phone notification sucks you into this social media bubble. You’re bombarded by texts, emails, likes, comments, shares, tweets, and so much more. Believe it or not, starting your day with scrolling can set you up for a day that is all over the place. If you have a habit of scrolling first thing in the morning, be prepared for scatter brain.
4. Get some natural light!
You need to pull back your curtains, open your blinds, and let some light shine in. Natural light improves your mood, helps you sleep, and increases productivity. Fun fact: psychiatrists recommend that people get direct sunlight for at least 30 minutes a day to help prevent or treat depression.
If you want to start your mornings feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day I suggest you try a tip or two. If not, you can just return to your sucky life anyways right?