Monday, 1 June 2015

Rise and Shine!

“It is easier to wake up early and work out than it is to look in the mirror each day and not like what you see.” Jayne Cox 

Given our daily schedules and busy personal lives, we hate waking up in the morning on weekdays. Especially Mondays…

So today we shall give you some tips on how to become a ‘morning person’, well at least five days out of seven and make the most of ‘today’.

If you have issues with your sleep cycle, fix with eating early. Eat your last meal about 12 to 16 hours before you want to get up.When you begin eating again i.e., the next morning your body will reset the clock and consider it ‘morning’. So, eggs or pancakes?

  • DRINK.MORE.WATER. By drinking more water during the day time can reduce the effort your body has to make at night by keeping it well-hydrated. 

  • The Boogeyman keeping you awake? Drink some apple juice before bed as the chemical compounds in the fruit will keep the nightmares away and give you a sound sleep.

  • Set your favourite dance number as your alarm ringtone and keep the phone on a table or the dresser in your room. a. You will wake up amused and b.) You will have to walk or dance, if you will, to the phone to switch it off. 

  • Eat light and avoid spicy foods at night to keep heartburn at bay. You won’t wake up feeling like you have ‘just eaten’.

  • After a long day, just hop into the shower and take a warm bath even if it is for two minutes. It will instantly relax you and make you feel drowsy.

  • If you are trying to get up early, do it with a 15 minute mark. Say you have been waking up at 9 a.m everyday and you need to get up an hour early. Set your alarm to 8.45 on Day 1, 8.30 on Day 2, 8.15 on Day 3 and finally 8.00 on Day 4. The key is to start slowly. This way you won’t feel drowsy on your way to work or during that 9 a.m. meeting! 

  • Do a quick workout before you jump into the shower. There are plenty of things you can do in an hour (or less) now that you are waking up early. Join the gym! 

  • Speaking of gym, if you are starting at the gym make sure you prep your gym gear/bag the night before. As silly as it sounds to do it at night, it seems that much more tedious in the morning. Since you will be all ready to go, you will want to make a move as soon as you hear that alarm. 

  • Create your own routine. In the morning, do something that makes you feel confident or comforted. It could be anything - watering the plants, doing weights, putting on makeup or just reading the morning paper. This should be your ‘me time’ before you go cray-cray during the day! 

There are only 24 hours in a day, you will say. But if Bill Gates can find time to read books, then so can you! Just wake up a little earlier than usual and see what a difference it makes.

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