You know the feeling. The alarm clock goes off, but it feels as if you just finally got comfortable. So, hitting snooze is the best option (after a profanity or two, possibly). Ten minutes later, the dreaded sound fills the room again. Now you feel even worse. You know getting up will only make you cold and uncomfortable. You start thinking of all the things that need to be done that day, and it is definitely time to get up. On your saunter to choose your daily attire, you feel the dread coming over you. Mornings suck.
Until now! These are the five things that really help me make it through those tough mornings.
- Find something positive right from the beginning. This could be the beautiful sunrise, the smell of your coffee brewing, your health, your family and friends, etc. Starting your day with a positive thought can really change the entire course of the day. You could even keep a journal of these positive things right by your bedside, so you can record them every day.
- Take time in the morning to let your body adjust and wake up before leaping out of bed. This doesn't mean hitting snooze! You could do a quick asana sequence, stretch, or simply lie there with your eyes open as you adjust to waking up.
- Eat breakfast! You've heard it before, but I can't stress this enough. I notice a huge difference when I don't eat breakfast...and not in a good way. I become a lot more irritable, and I find myself wishing the day away. When you start your day with good nourishment, your energy levels will be greater and the day will be full of productivity.
- Purchase or use a Himalayan salt crystal lamp. Since I got mine, I have noticed a serious increase in my energy. These are not only beautiful, but they really do have a healing power that is astounding. If you want to know more about salt lamps, check out my post here.
- Open your eyes! Take notice of everything that surrounds you. I used to "rest my eyes" and sleep a little on my morning commute, but it never actually energized me. Now, I am always looking out the window, people watching, etc. It is amazing what you see when you really look. I usually find my greatest inspiration for projects during the morning just by simply keeping my eyes open!
What helps you in the mornings? If you are a morning person, share your secrets!