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Stop hitting the snooze button and start waking up on the sunny side of the bed
We’ve all been there. The alarm clock goes off and we grudgingly hit the snooze button two or three times. By the time we finally crawl out of bed, we’re rushing to get ready for work or school, a festering bad mood well underway.
If this sounds like your average morning, then it’s time to transform yourself into a morning person. And it’s actually easier than it sounds. This guide will help you to wake up earlier, ditch the stressful race against the clock and reap the benefits of calmer and friendlier mornings.
The first step to becoming a morning person is to get a good night’s sleep. There are a few simple tricks you can follow to help ensure you’re sleeping when you should be:
Going to bed and waking up around the same time everyday, even on weekends, helps to get your body into a regular routine. This way, when you wake up early you’ll feel more rested than if you change your schedule every day.
Start this process off slowly. Set your alarm back by 15-minute increments every morning to help you gradually get to your desired waking time.
Avoid hitting that snooze button, because falling asleep and waking up over and over can make you feel groggy.
And skip the jarring buzzer alarm and wake up to your favourite radio station instead. Starting your morning off singing can only mean good things ahead.
Getting your body moving in the morning boosts your energy levels and helps wake up your mind. By getting up a little earlier, you’ll have time for a morning activity, and exercise can be good motivation to get out of bed.
The first 15 minutes of your morning can set the tone for the entire day, so don’t rush. Leaving time to actually enjoy your cup of coffee or your favourite tea can relax you. Having a calmer morning can result in a calmer day.
Create and maintain a regular morning routine. Do things in whatever order you like, but keep them in that order every day. If you prefer to put on your makeup before you eat breakfast, then do that every morning. Having a regular routine can make getting up a little easier, because the process of getting ready becomes mechanical.
By planning out a pleasurable morning, there’s something to look forward to when you wake up.
It’s pretty obvious, but waking up earlier gives you more time to enjoy the day, especially on weekends. By giving yourself a couple of extra hours, you can get all those chores done on time and have an hour or two to relax, reducing your overall stress level.
People who wake up earlier tend to feel more optimistic because they have time to accomplish what they wish, leading to a less-stressed life.
If you’re still struggling with the idea that mornings can be relaxed and happy, try these easy cheats to pave the way: