Getting Up in the Mornings: How to reclaim your get-up-and-go!

Remember back to when you were a little kid? You actually wanted to get up early, especially on summer holiday mornings. Flash forward to a current Monday morning of the same old job… and getting up doesn’t seem so appealing anymore. Here are some quick ideas to reclaim your pep and make your mornings happier and easier!

1. Set an alarm; once it goes off, make yourself stumble to the shower. Don’t set your sights high: the alarm is not your cue to be functional… it’s just the cue to move to the shower pronto. You are not expected to be a rocket scientist at this juncture.

2. After you get out of the shower, give yourself a scalp massage while toweling your hair dry. Since you have to dry your hair anyway, why not add some comfort and luxury to the process?

3. If you were smart, last night you would have programmed your coffeemaker to have your coffee ready at this time, allowing you to savor the aroma and enjoy the taste of freshly brewed coffee. If you didn’t, all is not lost, you’ll save time by not drinking coffee.

4. Listen to some music you enjoy while eating your breakfast. You have to eat anyway, so make it pleasant this way without taking up extra time. Don’t watch TV – this can be a depressing start to the day; you need something upbeat at this point.

5. Make your work commute fun. Listen to an audio comedy segment, or just music you enjoy. Or perhaps try listening to the music of a different culture for an exciting and invigorating boost to your morning.

6. Anticipate the fun of the evening. If you will be catching up with friends in the evening, or simply relaxing at home with family, make a point of looking forward to it during the morning. Even if you have no plans for that particular evening and live alone, then look forward to some activity you might do, like going on a walk and enjoying the surroundings of nature.

7. At night-time: try a reverse sleep-in. For the best possible start to getting up on your next morning, you’ll need a good night’s sleep. The solution? Just go to bed earlier – not fun, I know, but think of it this way: you can’t sleep in if you’re working… but you can still get the same effect as a sleep-in by going to bed earlier… that’s why it’s called a reverse sleep-in (see, it sounds so much more fun that way, doesn’t it?). You won’t need to do a reverse sleep-in every night, just one or two times a week will be a huge help.

8. Finally, before going to bed, need I mention… set the coffeemaker! (and your alarm!)

The bottom line is…
Remember, each morning is the start to a fresh new day. It’s surprising how things which might seem insurmountable toward the end of one day can suddenly be no big deal the next day. Don’t get hung up on the past. Instead, look to what is happening here and now, and in the future.

Use these tips and recapture your childhood wonder and enthusiasm for a new day full of… whatever the day holds! After all, who truly knows what this will be?