Hello divas! I hope that you are having a fabulous week so far. Mine has been a bit busy but pretty good so far. The temperatures here in Tennessee have finally reached the upper 80s – low 90s so summer (or what feels like summer at least) is here at last. With this rise temps also comes the necessity to get my outdoor workouts (necessary for my summer races) in early in the morning before I head to work (see how to make morning runs rock). Otherwise I run into issues with both heat and humidity. But I will also be the first to tell you that I am so not a morning person. Like at all. So today I am sharing some of the ways I am trying to incorporate into my life to become a morning person and make it a little easier to get up and go in the mornings so you can get your workouts in (if you like) or just find more time in your day to get everything done.
Get on a schedule. I know that this can be difficult but you need to get on a schedule of some sort to help you body reset it’s internal clock. At first, this may mean going to bed even when you aren’t really tired. And heaven knows the first little bit with an early alarm won’t be easy. But after a week or so, it will start to get a little easier to both go to bed and get up in the morning.
Unplug and relax. You need to find a time in the evening to wind down. About an hour before I want to to go bed, I unplug from the computer and phones and start to wind down. I may do some breathing or relaxation yoga exercises. I don’t eat. I pretty much just try to make my body understand it’s time for bed.
Sleep in dark and wake in light. It is important that you make your bedroom dark so that your body knows that it is time to go to sleep. Consider something like black out curtains if you have light that comes in through the window to minimize the light. You will also want to minimize sound so your body can relax. Likewise, you need light in the mornings to help you body know it’s time to wake up. While this time of year, it is not typically a big deal, there are sometimes I have to get up before the sun. I usually try to set the alarm for 2 or 3 different times to start to wake up. As soon as the first alarm rings, I turn on a light to help wake up my body.
Workout and eat right in the mornings. Both exercise and eating a well-balanced breakfast that contains protein can both help you get through your morning. The early morning exercise can boost your energy and the protein in the morning can keep your body running all morning long and keep you from dragging by mid-morning.
Get enough sleep. Lastly and most importantly, you need to get enough sleep. No matter what schedule you choose or how easy you get to sleep or wake up or what you do in morning, if you are not getting adequate sleep, you won’t be able to function in the mornings very well.
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Are you a morning person? What do you do to get up and going in the mornings?
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