It’s Sunday, and the weekend is very nearly over. We know … groan! Getting out of bed some mornings can feel like a Herculean task, but we have some tips that should turn into habits to make mornings easier.
1. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day. Even on weekends. By setting a sleep routine, your body clock becomes accustomed to the times and waking up eventually feels just as natural as going to bed.
2. Put your alarm clock across the room. When your alarm goes off (at the same time every day) you will be forced up and out of bed, and since you’ll be standing up, you might as well get the day underway.
3. Ditch electronics at least 30 minutes before you go to bed. If reading helps lull you to sleep, pick up an actual magazine or book instead of reading something on your phone or tablet.
5. Prepare for tomorrow today; set the coffee maker, lay out your clothes, pack your lunch and put the other stuff you take to the office near the door so you can scoop it up on your way out.
6. Let in the light! Open blinds and curtains and turn your face to the sun.
7. Stretch your arms up to the ceiling as high as you can and then drop down to just hang. Stretching gets your blood moving and makes it easier to exercise (see No. 8).
8. Exercise. Getting moving in the morning puts a more positive spin on the rest of the day.
9. Energize in the shower. Investing in a quality shower faucet can mean the difference between “meh” and “marvelous.” Fixtures available now provide both the water pressure to get clean and water conservation measures to save water.