Today, guest blogger Amanda Lasater shares how to become a morning person.
No matter who you are or where you live, you undoubtedly have a friend, coworker, or neighbor who seems to absolutely beam in the morning time, as if they were just made for it. Well, the truth is that they actually were made for the morning, as are most people. What happens over the course of time is that most of us develop bad habits such as eating too late, staying out with friends, or sitting up to watch TV or browse online.
This makes getting the proper amount of sleep more difficult, which, in turn, hinders our ability to wake up refreshed and ready to go. But since most of the world operates on the day shift, it is much more advantageous to be one of those people who functions well during those hours. So here are a few ways that you can improve your morning disposition and get out of bed ready to take on the world:
Start Your Day with Morning Rehydration
Even though you might think that your body is in shutdown mode when you are asleep, it is actually performing all of the functions and processes that it is unable to execute while you are awake. This is when all of your recovery and healing activities take place. In addition to that, we all perspire to a certain extent while we sleep, leading to a loss of hydration. Starting your day with 16oz. of water will help to kick start your brain and motor functions.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
This is something way too many of us fail to do, even though it was probably burned into our brains as children about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Science backs up the fact the morning-fuel fill up is indeed the most critical one of the day as far as getting us ready to take on the coming challenges.
A proper first meal of the day should include protein and healthy carbs such as grains. Add a little fruit or fruit juice, in addition to an herbal or natural tea, is not a bad idea either.
Get a Workout In
Once you have properly hydrated yourself and eaten a quality breakfast, the next step to supercharging your morning routine is to exercise. Whether you prefer cardio, resistance training, or some kind of specialty workout such as CrossFit, just make sure you get in at least a solid half-hour. By now you have already accomplished more than 90% of other people, and your day hasn’t even started yet.
One of the advantages of being more alert and focused early in the morning is that you can now take the time to develop a working strategy for how to tackle the day. Deciding which tasks are priorities and which can be delayed until later can help you be more productive and decisive in how you spend your time.
Go to Bed Earlier
We bet you thought this was going to be about things you could do in the morning to better ready yourself for the day, didn’t you? Well, the fact is that you can’t have a solid and consistent morning routine if you aren’t going to bed at a decent time and getting the proper amount of sleep. So, pick a time that will give you 8 quality hours of shut-eye. Stay away from those late afternoon coffees. Turn off those electronic devices at least an hour before and just drift off.
So regardless of whether you are a natural morning person or someone who has to struggle every day with the early hours, finding a routine that works for you is essential to starting your day off on the right foot. Even if you aren’t able to practice all of the tips that you may receive here or through other sources, take the ones that you can and stick to them.
You will find over time that consistency and commitment will make it much easier to get your day started earlier, as well as to help you navigate through the various headaches and frustrations that will inevitably find their way to you throughout the day.
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About the Author
Amanda Lasater is on the editorial and research team at MattressAdvisor.com, a mattress reviews site with the mission to help each person find their best sleep ever.