Everyone occasionally awakes to a day they’re less than thrilled about. If your disenchanted dawns seem to last for weeks on end, however, it might be time for a change. If you want to improve your mood, energy level, or attitude, why not begin at the break of day? Here are 15 habits to adopt in the morning that can yield helpful benefits quickly.
15. Wake Up Peacefully
If you’re waking up to a brash alarm clock or a dog howling to go out, you’re already off to a bad start. How you are roused from sleep sets the day’s tone for your mood.
Try using your phone’s alarm. There are usually several options, from soft ringtones to a gentle vibration, and placing it out of arm’s reach will force you out of bed. You can even mimic a sunrise with a special lighted alarm clock, while others diffuse more natural sounds, such as chirping birds or a babbling brook.
Try arising 20 minutes earlier than usual to avoid being disturbed by pets or loud neighbors. If you get up before the noise begins, you’ll have time to wake peacefully, instead of being jarred from sleep.
14. Wake Up Early
Not only can rising before the neighbor starts his noisy car help avoid a rude awakening, but it also allows you extra time to enjoy the morning. The early hours before work are full of potential that most people skip over by sleeping in late and rushing to leave.
You’ve just been asleep for 8 hours. Take some time to refresh your brain and enliven your senses. Sip a fresh cup of coffee or tea over the newspaper, write in your journal, or tidy up the house. Do something that’s just for you before you give yourself over to the day’s mundane responsibilities.
There’s no right or wrong answer to how you should spend this time. It’s your morning, so make it work for you.