Thursday, 14 April 2016

LET'S TALK: Being a Morning Person





I used to be a morning person, years ago when I spent my life down at the stables. I'd
head over there, have my lesson, stay out until dark mucking out the stables. Weekends, if not at the stables, were spent in the countryside or doing something outdoorsy.


As I went to uni, my routine shifted. Late nights, early afternoons...


Now, I'm terrible. Getting me out of bed is like poking an angry bear. It's hard enough when it's winter and it's so cold and dark but when spring shows it's face, I seem to get worse. You see, I love laying in bed in the mornings when the sun is shining. It makes me happy. It brightens my mood straight away to be completely comfy whilst it's sunny.


Mornings are being a mad rush to shower, get ready, grab the breakfast/lunch I've prepared out of the fridge and make the 13 mile drive to work. So I need to start being a bit more proactive. I used to love going to the gym before work. It used to kickstart my day and keep me going throughout (once I'd got over the initial 3pm slump) but the thought of doing a spin class or work out before 9am now sends a shiver down my spine. You know why? Because I'm got lazy. I've got comfortable in my laziness.


Let a little light in...
I have pretty thin curtains so the minute it gets a little bit light, it's shining into my room. If you've got thick curtains, leave a tiny gap in them. Gradual daylight helps you wake up so much more naturally and peacefully that flicking a light on.


Sleep in an eyemask...
May so like it's contradicting my point about gradual daylight waking you but I sleep so much better with an eye mask on. 9 times out of 10 I've pulled it off during the night so the daylight wakes me anyway. Sleeping in one of these just leaves me feeling more rested in the mornings.


Give yourself at least one hour before trying to sleep with no TV/phone/computer...
Studies have shown that the light from our electrical products prevent us from sleeping as soundly. The light from the products depresses the levels of melatonin, which disrupts the circadian rhythm and affects.


Have a night time routine...
If you're having an hour+ free from screens, read a book or magazine before bed. Meditate, relax to some music, have a bath. Do something that helps you relax without staring at a screen. Have a cup of peppermint or camomile tea. Cleanse and tone your skin. Having a night time routine and sleeping in a clean, tidy room will allow you to relax and get your body ready to sleep.


Get enough sleep...
I know people claim they can 'get by' on 5 hours sleep but your body really does need 7-9 hours to do its thang so you feel good in the morning. Your body needs time to repair and to rest.


Avoid the snooze button...
The longer your press snooze, the harder it will be. BELIEVE ME!


Try to get up at the same time everyday...
I know this isn't always possible and when you've been getting up at 7am all week the last thing you want to do is get up before 10am at the weekend but the closest you can get up to your normal time, the better. Your body will know when it needs to wake up and get in a natural rhythm rather than being forced awake during the week by your alarm.


Get active when you wake...
I'm not necessarily talking a 5k run, unless that's your thing, but a little bit of something when you get out of bed. Whether it's a sun salutation, a few stretches, a 20 minute jog. Exercise realises endorphins and perks up your mood.


Do you have any tips that help you in the mornings?
xo

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