If you are not a morning person, then you can join the more than 50% of Americans who have trouble waking up at the beginning of the day. Thankfully, not all hope is lost. You can use certain techniques to help jumpstart your morning and ensure that you have a productive day.
Here are some of ways you can jumpstart your morning to ensure that you are awake enough to face the rest of your day.
Plan Your Day the Night Before
Put your mind at ease by planning your day the night before. This can stop some of the niggling questions and thoughts you might have about what you have going on the next day. If needed, you can even do some of the tasks associated with your next day’s work beforehand to give you a headstart the next morning.
Program Your Coffeemaker Before You Go to Bed
One of the greatest pick-me-ups for coffee lovers is the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning. By setting your coffeemaker, you can have your first cup of coffee ready and waiting for you when you first get out of bed. In addition, the smell of coffee can help motivate you to rise and shine even when you don’t want to.
Place Your Alarm Clock Across the Room
Another great way to motivate yourself to get up on time in the morning is to place your alarm clock across the room. This means when your alarm clock goes off, you actually have to get out of bed to turn it off. The thinking is that by the time you walk across the room to shut it off, you are awake enough to stay that way.
Wash Your Face First Thing
As soon as you get into the bathroom in the morning, splash a little water in your face for a great wake-me-up. This might be enough of an eye-opener to get you down the hall and into the kitchen where your coffee awaits. Just make sure the water is nice and cold when you splash it on your face.
Take a Cold Shower
Instead of taking a hot shower in the morning, take a cold one. The icy water will definitely get your blood flowing and can also give you a little bit of an adrenaline boost. In addition to getting you going in the morning, cold water is also great for your hair and skin.
Eat a Good Breakfast
While you are having your morning cup of coffee, make sure to eat a good breakfast. If you do not have time to sit and eat, then make a smoothie to take with you on your daily commute. Make your smoothie with a variety of brain-boosting foods, such as berries, nuts, and spinach leaves.
In addition to eating a well-balanced meal, you can also take a walk outside with your morning cup of coffee. The fresh air can help wake you up, and being outdoors can give you a closer connection to nature and helps you start your day stress-free.
Listen to Your Favorite Tunes
Start your day by listening to uplifting music or your favorite tunes. Any music that instills positive thoughts and happy messages should work. If uplifting music is not your thing, then listen to songs from your favorite type of music or artists.
You can also exercise after you eat breakfast to get the blood flowing through your body. The movement in exercise can also flood your body with endorphins, which can help make you feel more energized and ready to take on whatever the world throws at you.
Drink Plenty of Water
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Another important step during your morning, and even through the rest of your day, is to drink plenty of water. Drinking water can help hydrate your body, improve short-term memory, and improve your focus. This makes drinking water first thing in the morning a necessary step to jumpstart your day.