We all know mornings can be quite awful, especially if you’ve got a long and busy day ahead of you. If you get up on the wrong side of the bed, there’s a chance that you might feel groggy and irritated during the whole day. In order to avoid this morning menace, you should develop a routine that will help you get out of bed bright and restful each morning. If you don’t know where to start, here are some tips that will guide you to a very productive morning routine.
Go for a morning run
Even though you might think exercise can only make you feel more tired, you’re very wrong. Exercising early in the morning improves your blood flow and shakes the sleepiness of your brain. An early morning workout session can also help you feel good because endorphins are being released during exercise. Just make sure you don’t overdo it because exhausting yourself won’t help you. Going out for a half-an-hour easy run or just doing some body workout in your home will be just about enough. Not only will you feel happier and more energized but you will also increase your feeling of accomplishment since you’ll be starting the day knowing that you’ve already done something good for yourself.
Let the light in
Sleeping with blinds covering every window of the room can be a big mistake since dark affects your biorhythm. Your biological clock is set on a schedule you might not even be aware of, and light helps it keep up with that schedule. Without this information, your body can easily be tricked into thinking that it still needs to sleep because it’s dark, even though you’ve already slept enough. It would be best to let your body sync on its own, which will help you find the perfect biorhythm to help you be rested every morning.
Limit your coffee intake
Morning coffee is a good idea to start the day with, but if you drink more than three cups of coffee a day, this might not be the case. Our bodies easily develop a tolerance for caffeine, which is why you need more and more coffee to help you stay awake and alert the more you drink it. Luckily, this cycle can be broken. You can control how much coffee you drink by investing in an automatic Nespresso machine, and it would be also good to stick to one preferred type of coffee. Just make sure that you make gradual changes, and not go from drinking five cups a day to drinking just one. Eventually, cup by cup, you will discover that it is not coffee that gives you the energy, but your daily morning routine.
Stick to a sleep schedule
Early birds are happier and more productive people, and if you don’t believe us, check out the 2012 study conducted by the American Psychological Association which shows such results. But what’s more important than being a morning person is to stick with your body clock. As we’ve already mentioned, your body knows when it should be sleeping and when it should be awake, which is why you need to give it a chance to discover which sleep schedule it prefers the most. Not all of us are meant to be early birds because our bio clocks just don’t enjoy this schedule. Once you find the right timing, you just stick to it and you will be productive no matter when you wake up.
Avoid the snooze button
Procrastination is the number one enemy of productivity, and its morning representative is the snooze button. Once you start tapping snooze, you can say goodbye to your productive morning. No matter how many times you tap snooze, you will eventually have to get up, and after postponing this unpleasant moment for a while, you will only feel worst once you actually do get up. If you simply can’t start the morning with the first bell, then set the alarm half an hour earlier than you planned and snooze your way to a guilt-free productive morning. It’s not cheating if it helps you feel good in the morning and still be productive, which is the most important issue here. Productivity comes with satisfaction, so make sure you enjoy every morning before starting the day.