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Beat the Morning Blues and Start Your Day Off Right

     How do you usually start your day? Is it with a slap to the snooze button, or a groan followed by, “is it morning already?The five minute snooze then becomes 10, 15, 20 minutes long and all of a sudden you’re already 20 minutes behind schedule. You rush through the morning routine: Shower, slap on some makeup and get dressed. With all of the rushing you have no time for breakfast! You drink your coffee while your running out the door and while your sitting at work your stomach starts to grumble. From then on your day is a mess, things go wrong, and it’s all because of the way you started your day.

     Your morning routine can determine daily decisions and reactions to obstacles for the next 24 hours. Let’s face it, the annoying buzzing sound of an alarm clock prompting you to jump out of bed is not exactly pleasant. Unfortunately, there is no magic spell to start your day off on the right foot. A few simple tweaks to your daily routine will help put a smile on your face every morning.

Preparation begins with the night before:

We all know that our day begins in the early hours of the morning, but what you probably didn’t know is that the formula for a great day starts with the night before! Just before you hit the sheets, set your alarm two minutes earlier than usual. When you wake, resist the urge to press snooze and use the time to reflect on the things you’re thankful for. This will give you the motivation you need to spring out of bed and will allow you to enter and more positive mindset. Studies show that practicing “grateful thinking” makes people more energeticand enthusiastic. You wont miss the 120 seconds of sleep, and that’s a promise!

A rested mind is a happy mind:

Not many of us can say that we get the recommended eight to nine hours of sleep every night, but why shouldn’t that be the case? If you’re sleeping schedule is off, find a schedule that allows you to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. You cannot function correctly if your mind is not rested. If you get less than the recommended hours of sleep then you are going to feel groggy in the morning, and that’s no way to wake up!

Try this: Set some guidelines for yourself. Pick a bedtime that works best according to the time you need to wake up. When the designated time rolls around; turn off all electronics and stop any projects you’re working on and get some shut-eye!

Reach for the stars:

Stretching when you wake up is a wonderful way to loosen up your joints and increase flexibility. Mimic the way a cat wakes up by elongating your spine and stretching out your arms and legs, one at a time. Slowly stand up, inhale as you stretch, and exhale as you contract. Stretching makes you feel blissful. Add it to your morning routine as well as to your breaks during the day.

Eat a good breakfast:

Usually skip breakfast? Don’t! It has been continually said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s also the most commonly skipped. It doesn’t take long to pour yourself some cereal. Fuel yourself with a high-fiber breakfast that includes whole grains, fruit and low-fat protein. Make time for breakfast.

Try this: Wake up 10 minutes earlier than usual and eat breakfast before you get ready. That way, it won’t be the last thing on your list and it will be impossible to miss.

Never underestimate the power of the shower:

Jumping into a cold shower in the morning is that last thing we want to do. A better way to look at your morning shower is a way to cleanse your mind and body. Put the water on hot for about five minutes and feel your pores opening up. Mentally focus on positive thoughts, and use the pressure of the warm water to stimulate your muscles. Take this time to relax and set your goals for the day.

      Waking up happy on an early morning is easier said than done. Think of everything your mind will be open to if it is clear and ready to go! If you choose wisely, you can look and feel your best for the entire day. Selecting the right foods and physical activity in the early morning can give you the stamina, focus and optimistic attitude you need to tackle the busy day ahead. Make the effort to try a few of these suggestions, and enjoy your day to the fullest as a Blissful Belle.


2 comments on “Beat the Morning Blues and Start Your Day Off Right

  1. Gabriela (@GabbaPrincess)
    October 1, 2011

    I might start taking a shower in the night AND at morning. Breakfast like fruits and oatmeal are absolutely amazing! Good article C! 🙂

  2. Pingback: How To: Enjoy Waking Up « Blissful Belle

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