For many of us, a typical morning entails pushing the snooze button one too many times, rushing around trying to get ready for work, and downing several cups of coffee just to feel half awake. Chances are the rest of our day is just as hectic. Mornings are an important time for everyone. They set the tone for the rest of the day. Becoming a morning person comes with a lot of benefits, such as:
- Being less irritated throughout the day
- Being more productive
- Feeling less fatigued
- Overall feeling more happy and accomplished
Ready to wake up on the right side of the bed in the morning. It’s easier than it seems.
That groggy feeling that hits you when your alarm clock goes off isn’t necessarily tiredness. Instead, it can be dehydration. Start your morning with either ice cold water or warm lemon water. Both have been proven to be beneficial in waking up the body in the morning. Try to drink two cups of water before you even think about your regular cup of coffee. You may find that you really don’t need the java after all.
Get Your Running Shoes On:
All you need to start your engine in the morning is 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise. Not many people enjoy working out in the morning, so if you don’t either, know that you aren’t alone. However, breaking a sweat early accomplishes many things. It wakes up your body and gets your heart pumping rich-oxygenated blood throughout your system. Exercise also helps clear your mind and better prepares you to handle any stress that comes throughout the day. Finally, working out in the morning helps keep you healthy and fit.
Fuel Up for the Day:
Early mornings will become a lot easier if you give your body the essential nutrients it needs after a good night’s rest. Stay away from high-sugar and high-carb foods. They will only make your blood sugar soar and drop again an hour or so later. Instead, eat complex carbohydrates, like oatmeal, paired with healthy proteins, like eggs and nuts.
Wake Up Gradually:
There are several alarm clocks and apps that help you wake up gradually. Look for alarm clocks or phone apps that play a soft tone that gradually gets louder. This will help you wake up in a better mood, rather than in a confused or irritated state from an annoying alarm. Alarm clocks that use light to help you wake up naturally are also a great choice.
Use these tips to say, “Good Morning” instead of pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock. It may be hard to get used to becoming a morning person at first, but after a few days, you will wonder how you ever wanted to sleep in.
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