How we feel when we wake up in the morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. How can we ensure that we start the day feeling great and set ourselves up for success? A few simple adjustments to the daily routine can make all the difference:
Go to bed early – For most people an early night is a luxury, although we know the importance of sleep most of us don’t get enough. Even if it just once a week head to bed earlier and try and catch up on some much needed sleep, the mental and physical benefits are worth it.
Make a morning routine – A consistent morning routine, waking up around the same time each day if possible, helps your body predict what it is expected of it and to deal with daily demands. When you have a routine that you are comfortable with it makes mornings a happier and more productive time in your day.
Get moving – Whether it’s a brisk walk or a few simple yoga stretches, getting physical in the mornings boosts your body’s natural serotonin levels also known as the “happy hormones”. Light exercise in the morning also has the added bonus of giving us more energy for the rest of the day.
Open up those curtains - Waking up to natural light helps us feel happier and more ready to face the day but if that isn’t possible especially in the winter time, you may want to think about using a light clock or getting outside as soon as possible, even if it’s just five minutes as it helps to regulate the body’s natural clock ensuring we wake up naturally and feeling refreshed.
Have something to look forward to – Sometimes our never ending to do lists can seem overwhelming making our days more and more stressful, schedule an activity during the day that is just for you, whether it’s a bath, a stroll in the park or simply five minutes to think. Knowing there is some time in the day just for you can help you get through that do list and feel happier in the process.
Do you practise any of these tips? What helps you feel happy in the mornings?