I’m not a morning person. I never was, and I don’t think I’ll ever be. I do realize, however, that I need to work on creating – and maintaining – habits that will help me make the most of my day. While it used to be that I could work till the wee hours of the morning, it’s simply not possible for me these days. As such, I need to turn in earlier at night and try to make as early a start as possible and hit the ground running. I need to start my day on a strong note so that I can actually feel fulfilled and relax at the end of the day.
If you also struggle, here are some tips that can help you start your day on a strong note.
Don’t jump out of bed.
If it’s possible at all, don’t get out of bed the moment you open your eyes. Instead, stay there for a while, sitting down or doing some stretching. This will ease you into waking up without rudely shaking the cobwebs of sleep away from your brain.
I do this for 10-15 minutes, and by the time I go downstairs to make coffee, I don’t feel too sluggish anymore.
Or at least sit in silence for 10-15 minutes. This is different from sitting in bed as you ease out of sleep. If you have a patio or a garden, sitting there in silence will do you a world of good. Take the time to psych yourself up for the day ahead.
I used to NOT eat breakfast. My stomach just wasn’t used to having food early in the morning. Since I had serious health issues last year, though, I have had to eat breakfast – something more than coffee, that is. Surprisingly (for me, at least), having two slices of toast with a bit of butter and jam for breakfast works really well for me! Not only does it help me wake up even more, it also has become a signal to my brain that it’s time to get ready for work.
Start with the task you dread the most.
This is a common piece of advice, although it’s usually phrased as “deal with the most difficult task first”. The reason I used “dread” is that, for me, sometimes the task I don’t look forward to is not the most difficult one. In a sense, though, because I dread the task, it ends up being difficult to complete.
The trick is to get this out of the way first thing in the morning. Once this is done, then I get in the zone and everything seems so much easier.
I realize these tips may not work for everyone, and some of you may not even need them (especially if you’re a morning person who has no problems getting started every day). If you’re looking for new habits to form, though, why not give these a try?
And, if you have some of your own tips that work for you, do share them in the comments!
No matter what I do, it’s very hard for me to wake up in the morning, even if I go to bed early. I still pull myself out of bed, head to the shower, do some stretches and then begin my day.
The afternoons kill me. I get the most sluggish, though I do have two cups of coffee at this time of the day. The only thing that helps sometimes is a cup of delicious Tim Hortons.
Noemi Tasarra-Twigg says
I’m the same, Andrew. Waking up is such a struggle. Maybe taking a shower immediately will help. I will have to try that.
I’m pretty good at that staying in bed trick. Though it usually just makes getting out of the covers that much more upsetting.
Another thing I’d add to this list is a morning shower or at least a face wash. Feeling refreshed and clean is a great way to begin any day.
Noemi Tasarra-Twigg says
That sounds like a good idea – stay a little longer in bed (awake!) and head straight to the shower.