It has been a while since we have written a Monday Motivation post, so what better way to kick it off then go into ways on how to become a a better morning person.
I used to hate mornings, I mean really hate them, hate is probably an understatement. I would groan and whine about leaving my warm, cozy bed, until then one day I made a choice. What was that choice you ask? Well I made a choice to stop hating mornings. Mornings were going to happen regardless of whether I wanted them to or not. So I could either drag my feet and grumble or greet the morning with a positive outlook. Now I am a shining example of a morning person. How did I make these changes you ask? Well I will tell you! Here are five of my tips to make mornings better!
1. Get Up
What do I mean by get up? I mean stop hitting the snooze button and get up. Is that extra two or three minutes you might gain of mediocre sleep worth the stress, running around, or even being late? Running late, especially when you have to drop off children or be to work, is not the stress you want when setting the tone for your day. Not to mention if you are sharing a bed with a spouse, how annoying is the constant ringing of the snooze button for someone who does not have to be up yet? I suggest one of two options. Number one: set your alarm for the actually time you need to get up, this may be the time of your last snooze, giving you uninterrupted sleep, rather than interrupted sleep for ten minutes while hitting the snooze button. Number two: set your alarm a half hour earlier than you need to. This gives you some quality time with yourself before you start your routine. You will have extra time to drink a coffee, make a nice breakfast, read a book, or even have time for journaling and self reflection. My tip for those of you who cannot break the habit, put the alarm where you cannot reach it. This means that you have to physically get up and turn off the alarm.If do not believe me check out this article!
2. Get Your Fitness On
Okay, hear me out, exercise in the morning is a great way to start your day. According to the Mayo Clinic, “exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently, therefore, when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.” When you work out in the morning you set a healthy tone for the day. This means that you are less likely to eat junk food and more likely to eat foods that are delicious and nutritious. You will also start your day out with a revved up metabolism. This means you will burn through the foods that you are consuming throughout the day. These are just a few of the benefits check out this article by Women’s Health for even more benefits!
I love working out in the morning, especially on days when I have to work, I feel energized, my mind is clear and I am ready to take on the day. For those of you who are not morning people I am sure you are reading this and thinking that I am crazy, it is hard enough to stop hitting the snooze button, how could you possibly get up earlier and get a work out in. I promise you it can be done. Let’s use my mom as an example. When I originally talked to my mother about having training sessions at 6 am she laughed and said I cannot get up that early, however after a brief period of adjustment my mom has been working out with me three days a week at 6 am with no complaints for over a year! You can do it, just try!
3. Take a Break from Social Media, E-Mail, Texting…
I am not saying to avoid social media, texting, e-mail all day but rather for the first 20-30 minutes of your morning. You should take the first 20-30 minutes of your morning for yourself. Try journaling, reading a book, or listening to music. The second you start opening emails, scrolling through Facebook feeds, or sending text messages you become connected to the world and all that comes with it. This could include reading an e-mail that immediately sends you into stress mode or mindlessly scrolling through Facebook feeds just wasting time. Don’t be a slave to your phone and other forms of technology, put it down and enjoy time with yourself!
4. Set Goals for the Day
Decide what you are going to accomplish that day. How will you get it done? What do you need to do to achieve these goals? They do not have to be goals like: change the world, solve world hunger, wipe out childhood obesity, but rather read 50 pages of a book, do the laundry, exercise, answer all work e-mails, finish a project. Be realistic with yourself, if you bite of more than you can chew you will be run down and even discouraged. Choose goals that can accomplished within that day or the time line that you have set. Celebrate your successes when you reach your goals! Feeling accomplished is very rewarding!
5. Go to Bed
There are so many benefits to going to bed early. I am not saying that you need to be in bed by 6:00 PM, but you should aim for 9:30-10:00. Adults should aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night. I know what you are thinking, the best TV shows are on late at night, but come on set your DVR for the late night shows and head to bed. Are the Real Housewives of New Jersey really worth the grumbling and groaning of staying up too late and waking up early? Getting enough sleep is incredibly important for many reasons: getting sick less often, maintaining a healthy weight, lowering risk of blood pressure and diabetes, reducing stress and improving your mood, thinking more clearly, having more success at school and work, getting along better with people, and making better decisions and avoiding injuries according to the U.S. Department of Healthy and Human Services. Not to mention when you go to bed and get the sleep your body needs you will feel better and have a better morning.
I challenge you to try these tips and see how you feel! I promise mornings are not as bad as people make them out to be. I throughly enjoy mornings and I know that you will find that you can too!
All the best!
Bucklan, Erinn (2014). Is the Snooze Button Bad for You? Retrieved on: 17 February 2015. Retrieved from:http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/06/health/upwave-snooze-button/
Department of Health and Human Services. (2015) Get Enough Sleep. Retrieved on: 18 February 2015. Retrieved from:http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/everyday-healthy-living/mental-health-and-relationship/get-enough-sleep#the-basics_2
Gueren, Casey. (2013) 7 Reasons to Work Out in the Morning. Retrieved on: 18 February 2015. Retrieved from:http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/morning-exercise
Mayo Clinic. (2014). Exercise: 7 Benefits of Regular Physical Activity. Retrieved on: 18 February 2015. Retrieved from:http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389?pg=1
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