Unable to understand how some people beam at their desks, radiating positivity every morning? A study from the University of Toronto proves that morning people are much healthier and happier than their night owl counterparts. If you’re looking to kickstart your day with good vibes and happiness, follow these tips to make yourself love mornings, once and for all.
GET SEVEN TO EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP
Night owls often run on a few hours of sleep that messes with their sleeping and waking patterns. If that sounds familiar, you can begin adjusting your body clock by preparing a night-time schedule. Instead of rushing through your chores as midnight approaches, plan to wash up and get dressed for bed a few hours after dinner. Ideally, you should be in bed by 11pm if you’ve to prepare for work at 6am or 7am the next day.
If you have set your alarm clock for 7am, do not press the snooze button. Depending on how long your snooze setting ticks off again, pressing it several times could already put you half an hour behind schedule. The hardest part of your morning routine is getting out of bed, so avoid the temptation of snoozing and wake up already!
DRINK SOME WATER
Feeling irritated and groggy? Forget about your snuggly blanket and bring yourself to the kitchen. Drinking up two tall glasses of water ought to fire up your metabolism and alert your body to be active as the day has just begun. It also makes a huge diff erence to your mood and energy.
AVOID COFFEE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING
Sadly, yes, you read it right. The reason your body clock might be finding it diffi cult to relax at night could be because you have coff ee the first thing every morning. As our body’s natural circadian cycle wakes our body up during the first few hours of the morning, confusing it with caff eine increases your dependence on the drink. Instead, reserve your cup of Joe for after 9.30am and you’ll find it much easier to fall asleep at night.
PLAN A WHOLESOME BREAKFAST
Prep a delicious and healthy brekkie that you look forward to eating every day. It’s as simple as storing pre-made banana and oatmeal pancake batter in the refrigerator for a yummy treat that can be made within five minutes. Or, whip up some eggs and a nice cup of tea that you won’t mind leaving your bed for!
MEDITATE AFTER WAKING UP
Morning people say that the best part about waking up early is the peace and quiet they get to savour. After washing up, find a quiet spot in your house and seek happiness in the calm environment. Take a few deep breaths and find solace in the fact that you’re awake right before everyone in your neighbourhood starts bustling to get to work. Trust us, this peace is beautiful!
GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO ADJUST
Don’t worry if you find it challenging to adjust to your early morning schedule immediately. Our bodies take time to ease into a new routine, so if you are used to waking up at 9am or 10am every morning, do not immediately set your alarm for 6am the next day. Fall slowly into your new routine by achieving some progress each day.