Your morning usually sets you and your mood up for the rest of the day. If like many others you find yourself working from home at the minute, if you’re not waking up and starting the day ready to smash your goals, then you need our awesome little guide! Let’s get up, get going and get productive!
The number one secret to a happy morning… starts the night before. The biggest secret to waking up easier is getting a good night’s sleep! To make sure you’re getting your 6-8 hours, try banning phones, TVs, tablets etc in the hour before you intend to go to bed. They can overstimulate your brain and make it hard to switch off and get a good night’s sleep. Why not read a book or have a relaxing bath instead?
Stop hitting snooze… those ‘just 10 more minutes’ moments are actually making it harder for you to wake up. Instead of giving you those extra minutes that you think would make waking easier, they actually reset your sleep cycle and confuse your body (here’s the science). To put a stop to your snoozing habits try putting your alarm out of reach so that you have to get yourself out of bed to turn it off, that way you’re less likely to try and sneak in those extra few minutes of shut-eye. To really get yourself going, why not try out kick-starting your running?
Get hydrated… in our post about the importance of staying hydrated we explain that having a glass of water first thing is so good for your system. It’s basically a wake-up call for your insides, getting them ready and working with you in the morning.
Turn up the tunes… find a playlist that puts you in a great mood, it doesn’t matter what genre - if Death Metal is your thing, turn it up (and send our apologies to your neighbours!). Not only does this help boost your mood, but it might help you zone out from any distractions that might hinder your productivity.
Plan a delicious breakfast… nothing gets us out of bed quicker than the thought of cooking up something exciting in the morning. We’ve got some delicious recipes for you to try, like pancakes your way or scrummy eggs and bacon breakfast muffins. If you’re on Plan and are having a tasty product, check out our brekkie in style blog for some inspiration. Keeping yourself fuller for longer also helps to reduce those annoying little cravings that make you reach for the biscuit tin!
Feel grateful… if you start your day feeling down about certain things in your life; whether it’s a stressful time at work, or you just can’t seem to shift that last pound to hit your weight loss target, practising gratitude can help clear your mind of negative thoughts! When you wake up, try listing three things you’re grateful for? This could be anything, from a sunny sky to the Consultant who’s getting you through your weight loss journey.
We hope these tips help you start your day in a good mood, inspire you to get going and be able to tick some items off your to-do list!