Oh I knooooow! It’s Monday. It’s raining. The alarm is buzzing like an angry bumblebee caught in a glass and all I want to do is pull the duvet back over my head and put an OOO (Out Of Office notice people) on my whole life…Or at least I did, until I worked out ways of making waking up and getting proactive, a lot easier. I’m not saying these tips always work, but they sure as hell have helped me 99% of the time. And as I’m a S.A.D sufferer and a flip flops-and-beach-for-life kinda girl, I’m guessing – and hoping – that they will help you too…
STEP AWAY FROM THE SNOOZE – As difficult as it is, DON’T hit that snooze button! Set your alarm for the time that you really have to wake up, not 10, 20 or 30 minutes before. This way, you’ll know in your mind you have to GET UP NOW otherwise you’ll be late for everything. Remember those extra snoozes are a false comfort and aren’t helping in the long run! After all, you know as well as I do, that falling back into a comfortable slumber is only going to make it worse when you do finally have to whip off that duvet. And, I know from experience, if you were having a fabulous dream about fluffy puppies or Leo De Caprio (fluffy puppies for me every time!) you can’t drift youself back there, so you’ll just have to accept it was lovely while it lasted!
MUSIC TO MOVE TO – I like to samba with the best of them, but waking up to the Macarena or a high tempo dance song, will just make me cross. I want to wake up gently and take it easy, stretching into the day ahead so that my mind can take its time catching up with my body. Listening to music is a great way to immediately lift the mood though, so choose something that always makes you feel good. I know it sounds cheesy but as soon as I hear those first strains of Lovely Day by Bill Withers, I can’t help but smile. I’m experimenting with sounds of nature too (inspired by my recent trip to South Africa – did you know I’d been there? Hahaha.) Beautiful bird song and sounds of the sea are top choices for me. But whatever gets you smiling and out of bed – in a gentle way – is perfect!
SHAKE IT UP – There’s some wellbeing logic in those lyrics from the ultra peppy Taylor Swift because in the wellness industry, shaking your body is now a THING! When you think about it, it makes sense. I remember before a big swimming race, me and my team mates would shake our arms and legs vigorously to help transcend from that nervous ‘fight or flight’ state to gain a much clearer, focused feeling. So, giving yourself a little shake and jumping up and down on the spot for a few minutes can really help to get you energised and focused. It’s a great stress reliever too, so shake it out during the day whenever you feel a bit anxious – just be mindful that if you’re in company, you’ll probably look a bit bonkers.
MAKE A LIST – I am, by nature, an extremely disorganised individual and I don’t think that anybody who knows me, would say otherwise. I realised lately (at 50 years old, about blinking time!) that living in a state of mayhem isn’t doing me any good at all – both physically and mentally. I’m not lazy, but I think it’s just the way my brain is wired. Just as some people are effortlessly tidy and organised, I, unfortunately, have the opposite trait. I call it OSD – Obsessive Scatty Disorder. So, I’m taking little steps to improve matters, like making a list for the next day before I go to sleep. It sounds simple – and it is! Who knew? 🙂 Writing down everything I plan to do the next day or things that need to be done and thought about are on the list – whether it’s doing 20 minutes of cardio, finishing a blog post, planning my daughter’s birthday party, posting a card…in fact, whatever is running around my head that might wake me up at night – or will have me walking around like a zombie the next day, muttering to myself ‘now, what was it that I was meant to do? Who is it that I was meant to call?’ all goes ON THE LIST! This way, I wake up knowing that I have at least a modicum of structure to my day and this makes me feel in control and happy!
THE SCROLL OF DOOM – Literally. I always have a bad feeling after I’ve wasted time in bed in the mornings, simply scrolling through social media and emails. Why do we do it? It’s addictive that’s for sure but it doesn’t help in any way or make you feel good. In most cases it actually makes you feel worse because you’re reading some awful news story or everybody in the world (except you) seems to be #UpAndAtEm. So, please, please, please – DON’T lie in bed like a sleepy slug grimacing at your online bank account balance. Get up, get in the shower and check your emails/socials only when you’re ready to go…and make sure you’ve got a big coffee, of course.
I’m a real believer in starting your day the way you mean to go on, so get up, get active and get HAPPY! Please let me know if you’ve got any great tips for making morning easier – the more the merrier!