Entering the big bad world of work is hard enough, but if like me, you struggle to come to terms with the early mornings, life can be a big old biatch. During my university days, I had a tendency to become owl-like at night, forcing myself to stay up late to complete a piece of coursework, or most likely, binge on a TV show I was currently obsessed with. Over the years I've had to train myself to become a morning person, and I thought I'd share some of my tips with you today:
Move the alarm clock across the room - sounds silly, but this works. I like to keep my alarm clock at a far enough distance so that I am forced to get up out of my warm bed and engage in movement. Yes, it's tough and makes me want to cry most mornings but I find the movement can energise me and force me awake - the distance stops me from constantly pressing the snooze button, which can be very dangerous!
Have a Hot Shower - without fail, stepping into a hot shower when you've just woken up and feeling like a zombie will guaranteed help to literally wipe the sleep from your eyes and get you ready to start the day right. The hot steam will help to clear your head and waken your eyes. Remember to moisture when you step out, and get your body ready to start the new day ahead.
Drink Water - I honestly can't talk about the benefits of water enough. Not only does it help your brain function, but it benefits every other part of the mind and body and gets you energised to start the day. Here's a top tip: invest in a water bottle that you like and will want to carry around with you all day - you can get some real pretty ones these days with fancy water filters and everything!
Drink Coffee - sadly, I rely on coffee to help me function in the morning. I've conditioned myself to need it and I can really feel the caffeine working through my system as I drink my morning cup. I tend to limit my intake to 1/2 cups of coffee a day, so I don't think it's too bad - nothing wrong with a little caffeine kick to help put a spring in my step.
Exercise in the Morning (if possible) - I know some people will struggle to find the time and motivation to exercise first thing in the morning but try to incorporate some exercise into your early routine, even if it means walking to work instead of taking the bus. I recommend leaving that little bit earlier so you can stretch your legs and blow the cobwebs out your head.
Are you a morning person? I hope you'll find these tips helpful!