We all know what our morning guilt is. Just hit the snooze button. According to a survey conducted by Happy Bed of about 3,000 people, 57% of them said that they press the snooze button every day. But is that a healthy habit, and what does the alternative to getting out of bed at the first alarm offer you?
Here are some tips to help you find the motivation to wake up in the morning, shine and get through the day!
Danger: Why you shouldn’t press the snooze button
Wake up the first alarm in Snoozer’s Land may seem like Mission Impossible. Long commutes, traffic jams, and morning hikes at work can often discourage us from getting out of bed full of energy and enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
It’s easy to fall into this pattern, especially if you’re working from home under the new COVID-19 regulations. All she has to do to start her workday is to get out of PJ’s bed and sleepwalk to her desk.
However, skipping physical and mental preparation time in the morning can be detrimental to your health. This is because the extra sleep quality is poor when you pause the alarm.
According to experts at Sleep Clinic Services, prolonged drowsiness can lead to sleep inertia. That’s the stuffy feeling we often experience in the morning due to the release of hormones that trick our brain into thinking we’re going to go into a deep sleep soon. This condition usually lasts about 10-15 minutes, but in extreme cases it can last 2-4 hours, affecting the nervous system.
How to Stand Up and Shine: Mind, Body, and Soul Skills
According to independent sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley, “It’s far better to get 30 minutes of integrated sleep than to hit the snooze button.” But how can you change your morning routine to find motivation to start your day right away?
We’re not talking about waking up at 5am and pouring out all the productivity juices in the early morning. While that routine has proven to be very beneficial to health, it may seem overwhelming to many. Instead, we’re talking about small, everyday changes that target your mind, body, and soul to boost your motivation.
Heart: Make your mornings enjoyable
No one wants to be the first thing that comes to mind when they wake up early in the morning. Instead, change your mind.
Being excited about what is coming is a very important way to start the day. Lay in bed to stretch, open curtains to let the sun in, smile at the sunrise, and dance to upbeat songs in cozy pajamas decorated with uplifting prints. It’s another day on Earth, and it’s awesome!
Body: Give yourself exercise and nutrients.
How often do you wake up hungry and reach for the same old cereal bowl? The high sugar content can cause your blood sugar to spike, making you irritable and sluggish when levels drop significantly.
But what if you start your day with a meal full of nutrients that will provide you with energy and vitality? According to the NHS, smoothies, scrambled eggs, and porridge are quick to prepare, but very beneficial to your health.
If you don’t have much time in the morning, you can make chia seed pudding overnight before going to bed and store it in the refrigerator. Top it with your favorite fruits and nuts to make it even more delicious. Also, knowing that a healthy meal awaits you will make you want to get out of bed quickly.
But before breakfast, consider gifting yourself some exercise. A 15-minute yoga session or jogging around a block will bring you satisfaction and euphoria due to the release of endorphins. It’s a must on a cold morning!
Soul: Find Inner Peace
The way you feel on the inside is reflected on the outside. So, if you’re grumpy in the morning, chances are things won’t go your way. If you want to find joy in the little things and appreciate your morning routine, go inside and nourish your soul.
After a workout, why not sit down for a few minutes with your eyes closed and focus on your breathing? Let the sun hit your skin and soak up your vitamin D! Think about what you are grateful for in that moment and what your intentions for the day are. You can also increase your expression ability by writing in your diary. Journaling can greatly help reduce stress and alleviate anxiety while increasing productivity.
Imagine the best day possible and leave the rest to space!
A morning routine is essential for overall health. While it can be tempting to press the snooze button every morning, it can cause sleep inertia and other mental and physical discomfort. To reap the benefits of a healthy and energized morning routine, why not take care of your body, mind and spirit before getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day?