Despite never making formal new year’s resolutions, there is one thing this year that I want to improve on this year, and that is waking up in the morning!
I’m a terrible morning person. When people explain how they jump happily out of bed as soon as their alarm goes off, I look at them with complete confusion. How?!
How you begin each day has a huge impact on the rest of your day. Over the past couple of months I’ve experienced first hand how a bad morning routine can continue into my day. I’ve been getting up late, leaving myself with next to no time to get ready, doing my make up on the train, the list goes on! I’m currently in a horrible routine of constantly feeling rushed, which is exactly not how I should be feeling before heading into work.
So, as from Tuesday, my first day back at work, I will be changing my routine for the better. Here are a few changes I’ll be making to make sure my morning gets off to the best possible start:
Start the evening before
How you go to sleep the night before plays an important part in how you wake up.
I will start putting my phone and laptop away (this is going to be tough!) at least an hour before I go to sleep, and make sure I drink no caffeine a few hours before. Bye bye my cup of tea before bed! I’m also going to aim to get around 8 hours sleep each night. I’m sleeping around 6 hours at the moment, which isn’t working for me as I’m waking up feeling exhausted.
I use this pillow spray every night before bed, which I swear by. Just a few sprays on my pillow each night and the smell makes me drift off so quickly. I’m addicted!
Putting my outfit together the night before is something I’ve always done, as it saves a lot of time in the morning. If I have anything to do the following morning, I’ll also be making a list the night before to make sure I don’t forget!
Wake up Mindfully
Instead of rushing out of bed as soon as I hear the alarm, I’m going to stay under the covers for a moment. Meditation has taught me the importance of waking up mindfully. Stretching, moving my toes and feeling my body awaken. Inhale deeply and think of something positive that could happen that coming day.
Let in the light
I’ve read that light tells your brain that it’s time to wake up, so as soon as I wake up I’m going to open the curtains or turn on the side lamp.
Your alarm interrupts the REM cycle (the 5 phases during sleep), and by snoozing every 10 minutes, this only disrupts your sleep routine further. I’ve been a snoozer for as long as I remember so this is going to be tough, but it’ll be worth it in the long run.
Water is the best beauty secret there is! I’ve been slacking on the water front recently, so the first thing I’m going to do when stepping out of bed is pour a glass of water and drink it before getting ready. I’ll also put a bottle of water in my bag to drink on the train.
Have a Positive Mindset
Starting the day off with a positive outlook can make a huge difference to the day ahead. Opening the day with positivity and gratitude can make you approach the events of the day with different eyes. Although this part of your morning routine may seem insignificant, it creates energy and positivity that will stick with you throughout the day ahead.