As a person who’s suffered from Insomnia all her life, trust me when I say waking up early is not a walk in the park. Over the past few months, I’ve startled my sleeping puppy several times with my (a little more than audible) curses when I have to wake up early in the morning. As comfortable as the covers are, I know that responsibilities await me, and the house isn’t going to clean itself. However strong the reason was, it wasn’t enough to convince me to wake up early. Until, one day, it struck me! I must have something to look forward to in the mornings that would give me the incentive to wake up!
With that in mind, I prepared a list of things (I absolutely love doing) and did them every morning. I have managed to wake up at 6:00 am every day for the past week without an alarm clock, only because I’ve changed my morning routine. It is one I look forward to and cannot skip at any cost! So today, I am sharing some valuable tips that has helped me rise like the early bird. Here they are!
1. Open your curtains and let some natural light in.
If your room is dark, you will convince yourself to sleep some more. Until Mr. Sun makes an entrance, you’re just going to keep hitting that snooze button and sleep snugly under your blanket.
Do. Not. Do. That.
Your blanket will try to persuade you that sleep is good, and a few more minutes won’t hurt. Don’t listen to it. Rise and shine babay!
2. Drink a warm glass of water with Lemon, Ginger and Honey.
This not only wakes you up, but it also clears your digestive system, leaving you light and fresh to take on the world! Additionally, it boosts your immune system, lowers the effects of diabetes, and is your number 1 solution for weight loss! Woohoo!
3. Dance to some Happy Tunes.
A little music in the morning uplifts you. To be honest, you can do the most boring of chores, and won’t even realize how time has flown. I love light and breezy POP. (Oh Michael Jackson, you are never really gone, because you sing in our kitchen every morning) And I dance while I tidy up the house. Now that is something I look forward to EVERY morning!
4. Have a delightfully fulfilling breakfast.
Now this one, is most important dear people. You can NEVER (ever, ever, ever) have a lovely day without a tasty breakfast. I am so glad my husband and I are foodies. We have a variety of breakfast options that always includes eggs (poached|scrambled|fried|sunny side up|boiled) with a savvy side dish (bacon|sausages|salami|pancakes|cereal) and of course we wash it down with a coffee or a sweet cup o’ tea.
5. Pamper your loved ones.
Your morning is yours and yours alone, till the rest of your family wakes up. As much as I try to tiptoe out of my bedroom, I can never do it without waking my puppy. So I get up and give her a morning hug and cuddle before taking her out for a quick walk to relieve herself and then feed her till she can’t eat no more. (Whom am I kidding? Her stomach is a black hole) I then shower my husband with love by making him a hearty breakfast. Waking up to take care of your special someone can be just the inspiration you need to get on your feet!
6. Catch up with the rest of the world.
This can be done by skimming the headlines. If the newspaper depresses you (yes, it depresses me), then read something uplifting. A few tidbits of a magazine or some juicy articles on the web! Maybe you could catch up on that novel you’ve been meaning to read?
Organize your computer data and allow yourself 10 minutes to catch up with your e-mail. Respond to the ones you need to, put them in folders, and clear your inbox.
7. Sort out your thoughts.
Take about 5 minutes in the morning to write down the things you need to accomplish. I have a Daily Plan Printable (OCD much?) that I use every day to keep track of the things I need to finish before the day is through. It really helps me keep track of my day. Get it here! And being a forgetful person, I do require it.
Okay, the reason I’m putting this as the last one, because I don’t quite love exercising. I get enough activity to keep me active and not become too obese. If you’re not a fan of the ol’ fashioned push-ups, sit-ups etc, just meditate for 5 minutes. This is for those of you who are blessed to sit still for 5 whole minutes. I just play with my dog. That usually accomplishes the whole purpose of exercising.
What is your morning routine? Do you have any tips on waking up early easily? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 🙂 Have a lovely day and see you next week!