By Zoe Taylor
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and not feeling ready for the day. Waking up feeling exhausted and like you haven’t had a good night’s rest is detrimental to anything you try to do during the day. You’ll be slower, less motivated and you won’t be able to think very clearly.
There are a few things you can do each day and night to help ensure you way up each day feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Before you go to bed
Don’t eat dinner straight before you go to bed. Your body needs time to digest food and this can disrupt your sleeping patterns. Similarly, snacking on anything, especially sugary foods, and wind your body up and take away from your sleep quality.
Find a way of winding down that suits you, for example doing yoga, meditating or deep breathing exercises. This helps you relax so that you can sink into a deep, refreshing sleep. Don’t go on your computer less than 2 hours before you go to bed. If you study better at night, make sure you allow more than a couple of hours of relaxing and winding down before you go to bed.
Try to go to bed at the same time every night. Part of getting a good night’s sleep is establishing a consistent body clock, and maintaining the same bed time every night will help with that
In the morning
Following on from the previous point, make sure you wake up at the same time every day.
Don’t keep your alarm right next to your bed. This will force you to get up as soon as your alarm goes off and walk over to turn it off. Getting up as soon as your alarm goes off stops you from going back into resting mode.
Make your favourite upbeat, happy song your alarm tone – what better way to wake up in the morning than to your favourite motivational song?
Develop a ‘mantra’ and strive to repeat it every morning when you wake up. Your mantra can be anything (as long as it’s positive) from ‘today will be a good day’ to ‘today I will get things done’.
Drink a glass of water as soon as you get up, and start your day by exercising. This will get your blood flowing earlier and help switch your brain on in the morning before your day even begins.
Make each day worth getting up for. If you’re doing what you love every single day of the week, chances are you’re going to feel a lot better about getting up in the morning, and wake up feeling ready every single day. Obviously everyone has their off days – unfortunately not every day is going to be amazing – but if you’re striving to live the life you want, you’ll be more energised all the time.
To make it easy to create a habit, schedule these morning and evening rituals into your timetable so that you’re actively thinking about these self-care strategies.
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