Updated: Jan 2
Do you reluctantly wake up in the morning by being jarred awake from your deep slumber and sweet dreams by the loud beeping of your alarm? If you aren't ready to wake up, it can be one of the most annoying sounds in the world.
After pressing snooze and hearing that awful sound a few more times you drag yourself out of bed dreading the busy day to come. Now all of the day's activities are weighing on you before you even get started and putting you in a less than joyful mood to face it. And, all you want to do is crawl back under the covers.
What if your morning didn't have to be this way? What if you woke up feeling refreshed, ready to enjoy your day with plenty of energy, a positive attitude and eager to accomplish whatever comes your way?
There are simple ways to improve your morning magic wake up time starting with your daily habits, routine and lifestyle. By taking some easy steps you can transform your groggy, foggy and grumpy start of the day to one filled with energy and balance giving you the space to feel joy and excitement for your day to come.
So keep on reading to learn how to start your day to have more energy naturally!
3 simple steps for you to start doing tomorrow:
Step 1: Make sure your alarm is not alarming!
When you are awakened suddenly by a loud, jarring, beeping noise, research has shown that it actually affects your mood, energy and productivity for the rest of the day!
If you want to wake up faster, be more alert and have more energy then wake up to a soothing, melodic chime instead. Another option is to use a wake up light/alarm clock with soothing tones. It slowly gets brighter gently telling your body that it's daytime and time for you to wake up.
Ideally, over time if you work on balancing your circadian rhythm, you won't have to use an alarm at all and instead just wake up naturally with the daylight closely following your biological patterns.
Easing into your day the right way will help you decrease that morning grogginess and increase your natural energy and focus for the day.
Step 2: Get natural daylight within the first 30 minutes of rising!
By exposing yourself to natural sunlight right after you wake up, you are alerting your body to stop producing the hormone, melatonin, which is the chemical messenger that makes you drowsy and tells you it is time to sleep.
You want melatonin production to increase in the evening, not in the morning. The sunlight tells your body to start producing cortisol, the chemical messenger responsible for making you awake and alert in the morning.
The balance of these 2 hormones, melatonin and cortisol is crucial to keeping your biological clock running smoothly. When they are out of balance, you are out of balance.
Keeping a regular sleep-wake schedule, even on the weekends, can also help this cycle stay on track keeping you feeling energized and alert all day and able to get deep, restorative sleep at night.
If your schedule is such that it is still dark in the morning when you have to wake up, it can be helpful to get a sunlight lamp to provide you with that morning light. These lamps are also helpful if you experience seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, in the winter when you may not be exposed to the sun as often and experience symptoms of mood swings, anxiety and depression. These lamps can be easily found on Amazon.
Step 3: Get moving to get grooving!
Give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning for some movement and stretching. After you have been lying in bed sleeping for 7 to 9 hours your internal environment has become stagnant. By doing some gentle stretching, you are cuing your joints and muscles to wake up.
Adding in a few cycles of deep, slow breaths while you are stretching allows fresh oxygen to flow to your body and brain. Another good morning movement is to raise up and down on your toes for a few minutes to get your calves pumping and circulating blood from your lower body back up to your heart.
Ideally, getting out for a walk, run or bike ride first thing before you start the rest of your day, gets your heart pumping with fresh oxygen circulating and can be a great way to start the day. If you have access to a mini-trampoline, rebounder, or exercise bike those are good options to get things moving and grooving first thing in the morning as well.
So, instead of dragging your annoyed self out of bed and feeling rushed because you hit snooze too many times and now you are running late and stressed out, build in some extra time to take care of yourself and the early daytime needs of your mind and body. If you do this on a consistent basis making a habit out of your morning self-care rituals, you will start to realize how energized, alert and focused you feel all throughout the day.
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About the Author
Kristi Ryan is the founder of Kristi Ryan Holistic Nutrition and the creator of the Abundant Energy Method for Busy Women. As a holistic nutrition and health coach specializing in energy wellness she supports, educates, motivates and empowers busy women with nutrition, mindset and lifestyle transformation using her proven methodology to bring abundant energy and vitality into their lives.
Disclaimer: The information I share is for general information only and is not intended to replace medical advice. I do not diagnose, treat or cure disease, prescribe treatments or medications, or recommend medical treatment or surgery. You should speak to your physician prior to making any changes to your diet, lifestyle, exercise or medications or acting on anything you have read or discussed with me. If you don’t, you are doing so at your own risk.
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