Waking up early is not for everyone. I like to think of myself as a morning person, but more of a morning person if the “morning” starts around 7:30-8:00am. That seems to be my body’s preferred time to wake up. If you’re not at all a morning person and prefer to roll out of bed around 10:00am, these tips will help you rethink mornings.
3 Ways to Boost Your Morning Routine:
Wake up to the Sunrise
Raise your hand if you use your iPhone as an alarm clock. Don’t worry, I use mine as one too. The iPhone is equipped with all of the obnoxious sounds you need to get yourself startled out of bed in the morning: dogs barking, end of the world sirens and bells. While these serve the purpose of an alarm, waking up to natural light is much more soothing. In fact, waking up to a light source can actually help your body’s circadian rhythm and melatonin production regulate, making it easier to fall asleep at night and wake in the morning
Consider swapping out your iPhone alarm for this:
The Morning Stretch
What is the first thing you do when you wake up? If the answer is “I reach for my iPhone” than you’re probably like most people. Instead of reaching for a phone consider sitting up slowly and reaching your arms up. Give your body a nice and gentle stretch as you come out of sleep.
First, bring your knees up to your chest and give yourself a little hug. Roll gently side to side until you feel ready to roll over to the edge of your bed where you can place your feet on the floor. Once your feet are on the ground, reach your arms up above your head and breathe deeply. Reach over to the right side and then over to the left. Place your hands on your knees and arch your back for a deep upper back stretch. Next, roll your shoulders back two or three times. Take a deep breath and start your day.
Plan in advance
This one can be hard because it requires prepping before bed, however, it’ll save you so much time in the morning. Pack your lunch as you clean up from dinner. You’ll save 10-15 minutes in the morning thinking about what you want to eat and then packing it up. Go back to your elementary school days and lay out an outfit. For me, having something already picked out to wear saves me at least 10 minutes of staring at my closet each morning. Both of these are simple tasks that can kick start your morning and save you enough time to sit down with a cup of coffee and breakfast.
Your turn: how do you start your day? Are you a morning person?