Wake up happier
9 Ways to wake up Happier
1. No screens no sleep
You can beg, plead, hope, and wish for it to be untrue, but the fact of the matter is that light from your screens before bed confuses your brain, disrupts your internal clock and leaves you feeling groggy in the morning – not to mention cutting into valuable rest time. So stop scrolling on Insta, laughing over TikTok videos and say goodnight to Netflix about an hour earlier.
2. Rhythm of the night
When it comes to our nighttime and morning routines, there’s no mucking around. Getting into a rhythm of waking up at the same time each day is crucial in training your internal clock. In fact, it’s so effective in helping you become a morning person that eventually you won’t even need to rely on an alarm. I remember this feeling back in my school days you would wake up every day at pretty much the same time. Now isn’t that a dream?
3. Rise and shine
Let the sunshine in! After you’ve had a big gulp of water, open up the blinds and let there be light. Soaking up some sun will encourage your body to wake up naturally. Your body clock will get used to this, making it easier as time goes on. If you don’t wake up to natural light SAD lamps can really help assist the body to wake up.
4. The drinking game
It’s no surprise that when you sleep you can become dehydrated. Think about it: you don’t consume water or food for eight hours straight. Having water by your bed is helpful if you get thirsty during the night. An 8 hour fast can cause you to wake up groggy, with low energy levels and a dry throat and mouth. Thankfully, it’s an easy fix. Keep a bottle of water by your bed so you can refresh and rehydrate first thing in the morning and breakthrough that funk. Simple, yet very effective.
5. Move it!
Get your blood pumping and oxygen flowing to your muscles by waking up to a workout or in my case a walk with the dogs. Whether you hit the ground running for steady-state cardio or ease into your favorite resistance band exercises, you should get moving. Check out my YouTube channel for short workout ideas or book a session with me for the morning, not only will your exercise be ticked off for the day, but you’ll be feeling recharged and in charge.
6. Snooze you lose
As much as a snooze sesh feels like the right decision at the time, it’s likely to leave you feeling more tired than before, even inducing a feeling of fogginess that can last for ages. Your body has natural sleep cycles, and by continually snoozing you’re depriving yourself of receiving their full restorative benefits. Top tip: try keeping your alarm on the other side of the room.
7. The coffee wars
If coffee plays a key role in your morning meal plan, you’re gonna have to whip out the willpower for this one. It sounds a little strange seeing as coffee is a stimulant and all, but one of the best things you can do for yourself in your quest to become a morning person is to let your body wake up naturally. I try to drink at least 1litre of water before hitting the coffee brew.
8. Get more sleep
Obviously. But there’s more logic to it than you think. Getting your recommended eight hours actually makes you more productive throughout the day, so if you’re heading to bed late because ‘there just aren’t enough hours in the day,’ think about reshuffling your priorities. More sleep has other benefits: want to know how to curb sugar cravings? Turns out, sleep plays a big part.
Meditation comes in many ways, from sitting quietly, walking, taking 5minutes out to help you focus, clear your head, and set you up for a positive day. Plus, without that snooze button eating up your morning, you won’t have the old “I don’t have time” excuse. There are many amazing apps these days that help you learn how to meditate. If you use one already I would love to hear what works for you?
I hope you found these tips to a happier morning helpful, please share amongst your family members and anyone else you have to first thing in the morning. xx