Do you wake up grumpy and exhausted, reluctant to tackle the day’s tasks? If you often wake up on the wrong side of the bed, you’ll know how it affects your mood and productivity throughout the day. Thankfully, there are a lot of small steps you can take to ensure that tomorrow, you wake up on the right side of the bed.
Get it together.
The easiest way to get your morning off to a good start is by preparing the night before. Think about what you can do to eliminate stress the next morning. Maybe you can pack your lunch, iron and lay out your outfit, and have a shower the night before to cut down on how much you need to get done in the morning.
Of course, the best way to ensure that you’re not grouchy when you wake up is to get a quality night’s sleep. Buy a supportive bed frame or even splash out on a luxurious headboard for added comfort. Can’t afford to re-do all your bedroom furniture? Just add a comfortable mattress topper to your existing mattress to ensure that you wake up feeling well-rested.
Get up when your alarm goes off.
We know, we know, this sounds super obvious. But when you keep hitting snooze in the morning, you actually make yourself feel even worse when you do get up since all you got was a little bit of choppy, interrupted sleep. Instead, set your alarm at a realistic time so you can actually get up straight away.
Do whatever you can to start moving as soon as your alarm goes off. This could be stretching in bed, grabbing a glass of water or actually getting in a morning workout. By getting a little bit of movement into your day, you can start to wake up your body and release endorphins, getting you into a good mood right from the get-go.
Waking up or going to sleep in a cluttered environment is a sure fire way to throw off your mood. Try tidying up your room before going to bed, and make your bed first thing in the morning to give yourself a sense of achievement as soon as you wake up.
Too many of us stress ourselves out by checking our work emails, comparing ourselves to people on social media and seeing negative events on the news first thing in the morning. If this puts you in a bad mood, try disconnecting from technology in the mornings. Instead, listen to some feel-good music or an informative podcast on your commute instead.
Have something to eat.
When you skip breakfast, your blood sugar levels drop and your energy will plummet. Set yourself up for a good start by putting aside 15 minutes to have breakfast. If you don’t have much time, have some single-serve tubs of yogurt on hand or make some mini quiches the night before that you can grab and go. Nourishing your body in the morning will also prevent you from snacking throughout the day, which might normally make you feel sluggish and bloated.
It’s the little things that count.
Make sure you have something to look forward to every morning. This could be as simple as your morning cup of coffee or something fun that you’ve got planned after work. Don’t have anything particularly exciting on that day? Treat yourself to a bagel or sugary drink on the way to work.
Have a game plan.
If you wake up without a purpose… well, you won’t really feel like getting up! Go over your goals the night before so you have something to motivate you in the morning. You can also try setting intentions in the morning, which gives you a sense of focus and purpose. Some ideas include “I intend to be afraid and do it anyway” and “I intend to rise to meet my own standards.”
Start integrating these 9 tips into your everyday routine to ensure you always wake up on the right side of the bed and smash your goals!