Rediscover the magic of mornings
Not a morning person? Here’s how to make your routine less stressful and begin to have brilliant mornings!
So you know it. Your family knows it. Heck, even your alarm clock knows it.
You’re simply not a morning person — there’s nothing more to it.
But the problem is — morning is your enemy, and basically it’s undefeatable. As much as you try to escape from its clutches, you still have to tackle it every single day of your life.
And this my friend, is making you less happy than your average morning person. Don’t believe it? Well, there’s been some scientific research to back this up.
Early Risers vs. Night Birds
By starting your day at the crack of dawn, you’ll feel more energized and relaxed throughout the day, which apparently will make you feel like a happier person.
According to a recent Live Science study, people mostly fall into two groups — those who get up in the early morning and the ones who stay up late. The findings suggest that the so called “morning people” are mostly happier, healthier and more satisfied with their lives than those who sleep late.
Furthermore, some of the most successful people in the world are early risers, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and the Virgin Group founder Richard Branson.
Of course, even if you’re convinced that you’d be more satisfied becoming an early bird, you’re probably still wondering — is it really possible to change your decade-long habits? Fear not my friend; there are certain things you can do to turn every morning into the favourite part of your day.
How to Turn Mornings into Your Favorite Part of the Day
1. Eat breakfast before you open your eyes
You know the gist: breakfast is the most important meal of your day. Yeah, you’ve heard it a million times before, but that’s just because it’s true. For instance, experts from the Mayo Clinic say that eating breakfast as soon as you wake up will kick start your metabolism and boost your energy levels.
So take some time the night before, prepare your breakfast in advance and you’ll have a care-free morning. And if you don’t want to waste time preparing food in the evening, you can always hire a meal delivery service to do the job for you.
2. Have a shower and a couple of glasses of water
What’s more relaxing than a shower, or a bubble bath perhaps? Well, if you have enough time go for it by any means, but nevertheless, even a simple hot shower is a great way to energise yourself and calm your nerves, because water is known to have amazing calming effects.
Speaking of water, you should also drink a glass or two as soon as you hear your alarm. Recent findings suggest that drinking a couple of glasses of pure (of course filtered) water can “wake up the body” by re-hydrating the body tissues.
3. When all things fail, turn to technology for help
Ah, the good old snooze button on your alarm… if you’re not a morning person, it can be your best friend. But unfortunately, the button is not actually your friend. Research suggests it’s quite the opposite, because the quality of sleep you get during those moments is really, really low.
But every alarm has the evil snooze-button, so you can’t really bypass this problem, right? Nope. There are some unstoppable alarm apps that will rouse you from your slumber and not allow you to get back to your pillow that easy:
Alarmy – this app requires you to take pictures of different items around your house in order to stop the alarm (available on Android/iPhone)
Morning Routine – this is similar to Alarmy, but before the alarm is stopped, you need to scan barcodes of different items around your home (available on Android)
Wake-N-Shake – last but not least, we have the infamous app (also known as the evil alarm) that forces the user to shake his or her phone vigorously to stop the alarm (available on iPhone)
Lastly, we should also mention that preparation is the key. This means that if you want to have a brilliant morning, you need to take some time the night before and make sure you’ll wake up on the right side of the bed the next morning.
So plan everything from your outfit to your breakfast, because it will save you anywhere from 30 minutes to a full hour and allow you to read some news or drink an extra cup of coffee before you go to the office.