Are you a morning person? How do you do it? I most definitely am not, and I’d give almost anything to be able to get out of bed feeling happy and energized, rather than grumpy and groggy. For me- and I bet for a lot of you, too- one of the biggest treats is to be able to sleep in, but that’s not usually an option. You know what they say: if you can’t change a situation, change yourself, and that’s what I’m planning to try. I’ve rounded up a few tips for waking up happy and you can bet I’ll be trying them! Here they are for all of you who want to wake up happy, too:
1. Wake up to natural light:
Keep your shades partly up, especially in the winter when lots of rise before the sun does. Natural light is less jarring than artificial, and it helps your body gently realize that it’s time to get up.
2. Set a soft alarm:
You already hate your alarm, but don’t make it worse than it has to be! Instead of a beeping or blaring sound, set it to soft music, or even talk radio so you don’t get startled awake.
3. Get a good night’s sleep:
Yup, one of the ways to have a happy morning is to have a good night. Get 7-8 hours of sleep, and no screens while you fall asleep!
4. Make sure your bed is comfortable:
Having the right mattress and bedding will help you sleep better, which will help you wake up happier. A comfortable mattress will also ensure that you don’t wake up achy.
5. Stretch in our bed:
The first thing you should do is have a good stretch. This will get your blood flowing, which will make you feel energized and release endorphins.
6. Keep your room clean:
Sounds silly, I know, but tidying up your room at night will help you wake up happier. No one wants to wake up to clutter.
7. Play music as you get ready:
Everyone knows that music is a mood lifter.
8. Read a motivational quote:
It’s true that you can train your brain to be positive, and an easy way to do this is to read a positive affirmation right when you get up each morning. This will also set the tone for your day.
9. Eat breakfast:
We all rush in the morning, but scheduling 10 minutes to make sure you eat breakfast will prevent you from getting hangry, and help you with focus and energy.
10. Give yourself something to look forward to:
This is my personal favorite! Plan something special for yourself for during the day- even something small, like a call with a friend, or a delicious and leisurely cup of coffee, to make it easier to get out of bed.
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