Most people have one thing in common when they wake up. They simply don’t want to be up and want to hit the snooze button. However, after pressing the snooze button several times they realize they HAVE to get up, and are already rushing to get out the door. They rush in the shower and get their coffee ready, only to spill it all over the place. By the time they are in the car heading to work, they are already in a bad mood. The rush hour traffic does not help either because now the stress is building up because they are going to be late. Finally, when they get to work they find out that there are a load of emails that they must respond to.
Now, it might only be 9 am, but the day has already been so bad that the rest of the day will most likely continue like this unless something is changed. Does this sound at all like you? You might have different circumstances, but the general idea may still apply. Life does not have to be like this. You CAN wake up and be full of energy if you want to. Most people don’t though. How? Let’s take a look at some simple things you can do:
1. Create a morning ritual
Its important to have something you are looking forward to when you wake up. It may only for a short time, but find something compelling. It could be having a cup of tea and reading your favorite book. Or maybe journaling or taking some time to write that book you have always wanted to write. Make sure to create “you time” and stay away from any distractions. Tony Robbins refers to this as your “Hour of Power”. I try to do this almost everyday. Its a time that I have for myself and for anything I want to do. I use it to be grateful for everything in my life and to set my outcomes for the day. I would try to refrain from watching the news or reading the newspaper because this may cause more stress than it does good.
2. Make a “To do list” and create your “Outcomes” the night before
Doing this will allow your mind to process the information during the night. Also, upon waking up you will be able to look directly at the list and get your day going. Make sure you have your “you time” before starting on this list.
3. Drink water as soon as you wake up
Your body becomes dehydrated at night because usually you don’t drink in the middle of the night (unless you get up during the night). Depending on how many hours you sleep, you may go 8 or 9 hours without drinking. Drinking a glass of water will get your system going and help get you going for the day
4. Exercise during the day
Some people do not sleep well because they have trouble falling asleep and don’t sleep well. Exercising will help you get a better nights sleep. You will be more tired when going to sleep. Besides this, it is good for your body and you will start to see results. I don’t even need to mention the numerous health benefits for exercising. Depending on your fitness level, you could simply go for a walk everyday and maybe turn that into a run. Just go out there and do it!
5. Get enough sleep
Getting sleep is important for the body. The amount of sleep varies upon who you talk to. Many doctors suggest around 8 hours for the best performance. You can also look at typical sleep cycle which is about 90 minutes. Sleeping in 90 minute sleep cycles can also be beneficial and make it easier to wake up and be more refreshed. So try setting your alarm for any of the following times after you go to sleep: 4.5 hours, 6 hours, 7.5 hours, ect.
6. Cut back on energy drinks and coffee
These drinks may give you more energy in the short run, however, sleep should not be replaced with these. Most energy drinks are extremely harmful to your body as well and could ruin your health if you use them frequently. Coffee is also not a good thing to consume on a regular basis.
I do all off these things above about 95% of the time and they work great. I also know a lot of other people that have started to adapt these things into their everyday living and have seen benefits. All of these steps are very simple, but are often times the results seem underestimated. If you don’t want to do them all at once, try incorporating one at a time and over the next few months adapt to the ones that you like.
Good luck and please share any tips and tricks you might use to have an awesome start to your day!
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