Morning Routines to Brighten Your Day

Morning Routines to Brighten Your Day

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Do you leap out of bed every morning and welcome the day? Or do you turn over and bury your head under the blankets and hope the alarm forgets the time?

Most of us have days when we would rather stay in the warm, cozy bed, but staying there is not an option. So how do we get out of bed  - and what should we do when we have managed that?

It’s hard to think first thing unless you happen to be one of those unbearable people who really do wake up and get up bright and cheerful. But if you have a routine – then you can save your energy. Decide before you go to sleep that as soon as the alarm goes off you will get out of bed – the rest is easier.

Here are some suggestions, but you will need to decide which ones are for you.

If possible, wake up to natural light. This is what our ancestors did – open the curtain and take a breath of fresh air if this possible. A good stretch first thing will help you relax and only takes a few moments.

First, visit the bathroom and clean your teeth! This makes your mouth feel fresher, and dentists say that cleaning your teeth just after food can damage the enamel.

Next, off to the kitchen and prepares either a glass of water or make a glass of lemon and ginger tea. This is refreshing and ginger has many health benefits, that include energizing you. For those who like a caffeine shot – switch the coffee maker on.

You will have to decide when to get dressed – for some people it’s after breakfast and for others first thing. Whichever you choose, make sure that your clothes are laid out the night before – morning is not a great time to be lingering over which shirt to wear and hunting out a matching pair of clean socks.

Getting up a few minutes earlier than you have to will give you some precious moments to yourself before you have to waken the children or face the daily chores.

Exercise is a great way to start the day. Getting outside in the cool morning air is invigorating, whether for a four-mile run or gentle Tai chia.  

We are what we eat! Research has shown that children who go without a decent breakfast slump late morning. The saying is, “breakfast like a king, lunch like a middle man, and dine like a pauper.” Certainly, breakfast is important and ideally should be high in protein (and a supper high in carbohydrates will help you sleep better).

Have you noticed how easy it is to get up when you have something great to look forward to – or when you have a project in mind? Make sure you do have a small treat in store and that you know what your next steps should be after having breakfasted. Make sure your next step is ready for you, preferably written down. It might well be the school run or a commute to work.  

One useful tip for those of us who prefer to lie in bed is to always get up at the same time every morning. Even at weekends. This can seem daunting at first but after a while, it becomes an ingrained habit – and our body adjusts to this – it seems natural.

Nothing works well if you are deprived of sleep – as so many of us are. The routines you follow before bed will help you start the next day in a calm and happy frame of mind – but you also need enough hours of quality sleep. You might like to see our tips for getting to sleep here.

Do you leap out of bed every morning and welcome the day? Or do you turn over and bury your head under the blankets and hope the alarm forgets the time?

Most of us have days when we would rather stay in the warm, cozy bed, but staying there is not an option. So how do we get out of bed  - and what should we do when we have managed that?

It’s hard to think first thing unless you happen to be one of those unbearable people who really do wake up and get up bright and cheerful. But if you have a routine – then you can save your energy. Decide before you go to sleep that as soon as the alarm goes off you will get out of bed – the rest is easier.

Here are some suggestions, but you will need to decide which ones are for you.

If possible, wake up to natural light. This is what our ancestors did – open the curtain and take a breath of fresh air if this possible. A good stretch first thing will help you relax and only takes a few moments.

First, visit the bathroom and clean your teeth! This makes your mouth feel fresher, and dentists say that cleaning your teeth just after food can damage the enamel.

Next, off to the kitchen and prepares either a glass of water or make a glass of lemon and ginger tea. This is refreshing and ginger has many health benefits, that include energizing you. For those who like a caffeine shot – switch the coffee maker on.

You will have to decide when to get dressed – for some people it’s after breakfast and for others first thing. Whichever you choose, make sure that your clothes are laid out the night before – morning is not a great time to be lingering over which shirt to wear and hunting out a matching pair of clean socks.

Getting up a few minutes earlier than you have to will give you some precious moments to yourself before you have to waken the children or face the daily chores.

Exercise is a great way to start the day. Getting outside in the cool morning air is invigorating, whether for a four-mile run or gentle Tai chia.  

We are what we eat! Research has shown that children who go without a decent breakfast slump late morning. The saying is, “breakfast like a king, lunch like a middle man, and dine like a pauper.” Certainly, breakfast is important and ideally should be high in protein (and a supper high in carbohydrates will help you sleep better).

Have you noticed how easy it is to get up when you have something great to look forward to – or when you have a project in mind? Make sure you do have a small treat in store and that you know what your next steps should be after having breakfasted. Make sure your next step is ready for you, preferably written down. It might well be the school run or a commute to work.  

One useful tip for those of us who prefer to lie in bed is to always get up at the same time every morning. Even at weekends. This can seem daunting at first but after a while, it becomes an ingrained habit – and our body adjusts to this – it seems natural.

Nothing works well if you are deprived of sleep – as so many of us are. The routines you follow before bed will help you start the next day in a calm and happy frame of mind – but you also need enough hours of quality sleep. You might like to see our tips for getting to sleep here.

Written by Elizabeth Horder

Written by Elizabeth Horder

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