5 Evening Habits to Help You Get Up in the Morning 

5 Evening Habits to Help You Get Up in the Morning 

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Brrrrrrrrrr…brrrrrrrrrbrrrrrrrrr – bury your head under the covers, ignore the alarm?  

Tempting  - but you have to get up get the kids off to school,  get yourself off to work. What an inviting prospect.

Stagger into the kitchen. Empty dregs out of coffee maker and refill.  

Kids still comatose – yank them up – already running late. The milk is off and the bread is stale – so it has to be toast. Scrape off the burnt bits and hope the kids don’t notice – but they do, of course.

Where are my keys? Think! Coat pocket? No. Mantlepiece? No. Where then? No time to have a coffee – late again!

Hit to school just a the bell is ringing – and hit rush hour to work so creep in trying to be invisible – not a great way to start the day!

But it could be different! Here are five things you can do before bed to help you leap out of bed and create a great start to your day.

One – sleep well

If you are running on empty you will fade away and jerk to a halt. You cannot be effective and alert if you have not had enough quality sleep.  

Go to bed an hour earlier, snatch a brief day-time nap if you have a chance. Don’t get snared into watching late evening television. When you are already tired it can be difficult to switch it or your mind off.

Two – Prepare the night before

Thinking is hard – especially when you are not yet properly awake. Make it easier for yourself by preparing the night before.

Layout your clothes, put shoes, and keys ready by the door. Make the kids’ packed lunches the night before and put them in the fridge. Check your kid’s school bags – there may be a note from the teacher or a party invitation lurking there, which might need action.

Make sure the kitchen is clean and tidy before you go to bed.  The coffee maker ready to use, the washing up done, and breakfast laid out ready to serve. Nothing is worse than lurching into a dirty kitchen where nothing is ready.

Three  Set your alarm early

Set your alarm early enough to give you a few minutes of “me-time”. We all deserve that. It gives you the chance to marshal your thoughts and meet the coming storm feeling strong. If you can, go outside for a few minutes to “commune with nature” and enjoy the colors in the sky and the touch of the wind. Stretch and absorb.

Four Have a small treat in store

When you have something to look forward to it is so much easier to leap out of bed. It might be a new cereal for breakfast or a brand new toothbrush. And when you go to bed let this be the last thing you think about so it is in your mind when you wake up.

You might notice how children always seem less reluctant o get out of bed at the weekends – just when you could all lie in!

Five  Don’t think!

Try to avoid thinking too much in the mornings! Routines can take care of most of the basic tasks needed. Some people like a  checklist and children like routines - they know where they are. Try to avoid racing up and down stairs too many times when one journey would do!

Once your routines are set you will find basic jobs just seem to get done -  releasing your mind to enjoy the best things in life.

A new morning – time to wake up!

You leap out of bed eager to start the day. All is set out easy to make things easy for you. Your kids arrive for school in good time, you get to work alert and ready to go. This is the way to start the day!

Brrrrrrrrrr…brrrrrrrrrbrrrrrrrrr – bury your head under the covers, ignore the alarm?  

Tempting  - but you have to get up get the kids off to school,  get yourself off to work. What an inviting prospect.

Stagger into the kitchen. Empty dregs out of coffee maker and refill.  

Kids still comatose – yank them up – already running late. The milk is off and the bread is stale – so it has to be toast. Scrape off the burnt bits and hope the kids don’t notice – but they do, of course.

Where are my keys? Think! Coat pocket? No. Mantlepiece? No. Where then? No time to have a coffee – late again!

Hit to school just a the bell is ringing – and hit rush hour to work so creep in trying to be invisible – not a great way to start the day!

But it could be different! Here are five things you can do before bed to help you leap out of bed and create a great start to your day.

One – sleep well

If you are running on empty you will fade away and jerk to a halt. You cannot be effective and alert if you have not had enough quality sleep.  

Go to bed an hour earlier, snatch a brief day-time nap if you have a chance. Don’t get snared into watching late evening television. When you are already tired it can be difficult to switch it or your mind off.

Two – Prepare the night before

Thinking is hard – especially when you are not yet properly awake. Make it easier for yourself by preparing the night before.

Layout your clothes, put shoes, and keys ready by the door. Make the kids’ packed lunches the night before and put them in the fridge. Check your kid’s school bags – there may be a note from the teacher or a party invitation lurking there, which might need action.

Make sure the kitchen is clean and tidy before you go to bed.  The coffee maker ready to use, the washing up done, and breakfast laid out ready to serve. Nothing is worse than lurching into a dirty kitchen where nothing is ready.

Three  Set your alarm early

Set your alarm early enough to give you a few minutes of “me-time”. We all deserve that. It gives you the chance to marshal your thoughts and meet the coming storm feeling strong. If you can, go outside for a few minutes to “commune with nature” and enjoy the colors in the sky and the touch of the wind. Stretch and absorb.

Four Have a small treat in store

When you have something to look forward to it is so much easier to leap out of bed. It might be a new cereal for breakfast or a brand new toothbrush. And when you go to bed let this be the last thing you think about so it is in your mind when you wake up.

You might notice how children always seem less reluctant o get out of bed at the weekends – just when you could all lie in!

Five  Don’t think!

Try to avoid thinking too much in the mornings! Routines can take care of most of the basic tasks needed. Some people like a  checklist and children like routines - they know where they are. Try to avoid racing up and down stairs too many times when one journey would do!

Once your routines are set you will find basic jobs just seem to get done -  releasing your mind to enjoy the best things in life.

A new morning – time to wake up!

You leap out of bed eager to start the day. All is set out easy to make things easy for you. Your kids arrive for school in good time, you get to work alert and ready to go. This is the way to start the day!

Written by Elizebeth Horder

Written by Elizebeth Horder

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