Want to wake up on the right side of the bed? Who doesn’t want to wake up feeling awake, alert, and completely refreshed? Unfortunately, after a poor night of sleep we often wake up feeling miserable. The following are some daily behaviors to adopt to get your morning off to a great start:
-Have something to look forward to each day.
-Have a daily morning routine. For example, walk the dog, shower, and eat breakfast in the same order each morning.
-Wake earlier to avoid time pressures to get ready in a rushed manner.
-Get physical activity first thing in the morning. This will give you an added boost of energy and start your day off feeling you have accomplished something.
-Open your blinds and let light in your bedroom. This will help suppress your sleep hormone and trigger your awake/alertness hormones.
-Make your bed. This helps you start your day with some level of order and organization.
-Take a couple minutes to meditate or do some deep breathing relaxation.
-Eat breakfast. You will have more energy and better concentration ability if you eat this important meal.
Authored by: Lauren King, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, CBT-I Provider