Making the most of the morning
Waking up works in tandem with a solid bedtime ritual. If that routine is soundly in place, you’ll get a better night’s sleep. Here are some ways to create the right conditions for signaling your body that it’s time for a new day:
- The key to doing that is to flood your space with as much light as possible. Doing so will send a signal to your body’s circadian rhythms that the day has begun. Think of light as nature’s alarm clock — and it works much better than a jarring alarm sound.
- If you have to set an alarm, it might be better to experiment with using a natural sound, like birds chirping, to help ease out of sleep rather than be jolted by a buzzing alarm.
- You can use your sense of smell to help you awaken. Rosemary, peppermint and lemon are scents that invigorate the body. These scents can be introduced in the form of hot water with lemon or by using essential oils in a diffuser or during a morning shower.
- We may gravitate toward a caffeinated beverage to start the day, but it’s best to consume caffeine only after we have begun to rehydrate. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day, but never more so than in the morning. So start the day with water, then caffeine — especially if you exercise soon after rising, which is an excellent way to get moving in the morning.
- Lastly, don’t be afraid to make mornings fun. Teach yourself how to make outstanding scrambled eggs for breakfast as a treat. Craft a morning playlist with some favorite songs and have a little dance party in your room when you get out of bed.
However you do it, use the little extra time you have right now to make your mornings something special to look forward to each day.