Wouldn’t it be lovely to be one of those people who can leap out of bed in the morning with an uplifting gusto for life rather than feeling like the day’s work, woes and washing are already piling up on top of you before you’ve barely opened your eyes.
Well, while it won’t happen overnight, there are some steps you can take to guide yourself towards a calmer wake up with way less worry.
A good night’s sleep is not only good for your physical health but for your mental health too, so it’s imperative you catch quality zzz’s. If your circadian rhythm – also known as your body clock – gets out of whack it can create havoc. Going to bed at midnight and waking up at 5am isn’t going to make you feel rested. Try bumping your bedtime back an hour or even two and if you can’t do it in one go, nudge it back by 15 minutes each night until you do go to bed at a decent hour. Then stick to a morning and bedtime routine and attempt to go to bed and get up at the same time each day – even on the weekends. Stop looking at your screens at least half an hour before bedtime too as the blue light they produce can really interfere with our sleep cycle and keep us in ‘awake’ mode – rather than sleep.
We’re not saying you have to get out of bed at the crack of dawn to hit the gym – although you can if it makes you feel good – but exercise is an excellent stress-reliever. So, even if you can get up half an hour earlier, and go out for a walk, exercise at home or just get moving however else you can you’ll start the day on a better note and your body will thank you too. Don’t forget to take your 3 morning Lumity capsules.
Headspace co-founder and former monk Andy Puddicome swears by meditation for a stress reliever. He asks: “When did you last take any time to do nothing? Just 10 minutes undisturbed?” You might think you don’t have time to indulge in me-time meditation but Andy insists 10 minutes can make a monumental difference to your mental health.
There’s a reason therapists recommend positive affirmations. Instead of waking up in a wild panic and letting the problems of the day ahead take hold, focus on telling yourself something positive. You can say it out loud or in your head but repeat sentences like ‘I am happy’, ‘I am in control’ and ‘I am calm’. It’s a simple and effective technique to try.
A rushed morning isn’t an enjoyable one and although it can be difficult for it to be any other way, especially if kids are involved, if you make time to do something you like first thing, it can give you something to look forward to. It could be as simple as getting up thirty minutes before everyone else to sneak in a quiet cup of tea. Or just make time to read a chapter of your book.
It can be tempting but hitting the snooze button can mess up your entire day. Your body needs time to wake up and doing it once, then allowing it to drift back into the land of nod confuses it. Sleep inertia leaves you feeling groggy and fuzzy headed and that feeling can last between two and four hours. We say those extra ten minutes really aren’t worth it in the long run.
If this article has inspired you to put some sparkle into your morning routine then you might also like to learn how a Lumity Facial Oil massage could help you get a good night’s sleep and how you can learn the art of gratitude.