Proper sleep helps your body heal, balances hormones, bolsters immune function and makes for much more enjoyable mornings. When your alarm clock goes off it signals the start of a new day, but old habits, like hitting snooze, can be hard to break. Whether or not you’re a morning person, try implementing some of these ideas into your wake-up routine and see how you feel.
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Although many of us wake to an alarm sounding from our iPhone, don’t be tempted to check e-mail, Facebook or Instagram. The constant barrage of information can be overwhelming at any time, but particularly upon waking; realizing “all the things you’ve missed” can trigger stress and some research has shown that it may contribute to a lower sense of general well-being.
Read a book or listen to a TedTalk that inspires you! Starting your morning with these activities will help motivate you for the day. Studies have also found that moments of inspiration have a positive impact on self-esteem, confidence, work mastery and optimism.
Whatever your preferred work-out is, opt for making it a morning routine instead of the evening. Physical activity, especially cardio, releases endorphins. These chemicals act as a natural painkiller during workouts, but they also create a feeling of euphoria and well-being. Regular exercise has also been linked to improved work-life balance.
Show your appreciation for the things you find most valuable in life, from friends and family to time spent outdoors, by noting them in a gratitude journal each morning. Studies have shown that happy people have different habits than the average person, including practicing gratitude. And the positive effects extend beyond happiness. Additional studies have reported that grateful people feel healthier, are more proactive about their health, and experience less stress and fewer negative emotions, such as anger, regret and envy.
Choose to wake up on the right side of the bed and see an improvement in your feelings throughout the rest of your day.