Maybe you have every intention of hitting the ground running each morning, only to slap the snooze button and roll over for a few more minutes of shuteye. Perhaps you shuffle through your morning, groggy and bleary-eyed, leaning heavily on coffee to jumpstart your system.
With daylight saving time taking place this weekend, there’s no better time to take a closer look at how to become a morning person. Here are five tips for increasing productivity, reducing stress and making the most of every morning.
Get More Sleep
Yes, it’s not exactly a groundbreaking idea, but getting more sleep is one of the easiest and most important changes you can make for your health and wellness. Sleep is essential for your body to repair and restore itself. How much sleep do you need? We answer that here.
Get Better Sleep
When it comes to sleep, quantity is important, but so is quality. Your mattress plays an important role in this, providing dependable comfort and support to assist in a restful night of sleep. Mattresses typically last eight years. If yours is that age or older, consider purchasing a new one. Here are more tips for improving your sleep.
Adopt Healthy Habits
Not only will a healthy diet help you sleep better, it’ll help you feel better, too. Instead of relying on coffee for a needed boost, try a balanced breakfast that includes protein and whole grains. It’ll give you the energy you need to take on the day.
Exercise, too, is very important for a healthy lifestyle. Try a morning workout to jump-start your day. In fact, you may find that morning exercise is a better fit for your routine.
Set a Routine
Consistency is important. Keep a regular bedtime and wakeup time, even on weekends. If you’re interested in changing your sleep schedule, do so in gradual increments. For example, go to bed and wake up 15 minutes earlier, instead of making a dramatic change. This allows your body time to adjust to the switch.
Once you establish a routine that works for you, stick with it!!
It’s easy to feel frazzled every morning when there’s a long to-do list and only limited time to do it. That’s why working ahead can be beneficial. Lay out your outfit, prepare breakfast and lunch ahead of time, pack your gym bag and gather your work materials so that there’s less to do in the morning. Less stress means better productivity and a more enjoyable start to the day.
Are you a morning person? What tips do you use to conquer the day? Tell us below!
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