I love my bed and like spending as much time in it as possible. But now I have to get up to get the bus to work and make sure the Tubblet's up as well. Here is how I've become a morning person and an early - well ish! - bird.
- Go to bed earlier. Going to bed an hour earlier boosts optimism, alertness and productivity as well as making it easier to get up the following morning. Going to bed earlier makes it easier to get up earlier as well. (I need to be better at doing this).
- Prepare. Make sure the bag is packed, the train pass safely put away, the outfit clean and ironed etc. All these things help save time an make the morning a little bit easier. (The morning train pass hunt is a ritual that I can well do without).
- Tidy. Tidy before bedtime so you wake up to a clean room. It makes you feel more refreshed and peaceful. A messy room can make your mind feel messy. (If I don't see my side of the bed, it's all fine!)
- Allow extra time. Allow a little more time than needed so everything isn't such a rush and there's some wiggle room if things don't go quite to plan.
- Don't get social. It's tempting to check emails, Facebook etc, but there's no need to get online first thing. You may see something puts you in a bad mood for the rest of the day. On the other hand, you may see something that inspires you.
- Eat. Have a good breakfast and drink lots of water. Weetabix very kindly sent me some of their new Weetabix Protein Big Biscuit * cereal to try. It was yummy with some fruit and milk. It's also high in fibre, low in sugar, salt and fat and fortified with vitamins, minerals and high protein.
- Don't snooze. I love sleep and I love my bed. But sometimes you just have to get up and get on. Hitting snooze for another five minutes just prolongs the agony.
- Smile. Smile, however bad you feel. It always makes me feel better.
- Exercise. Exercise first thing does wonders for your mood, energy and metabolism apparently. Does running for the bus count?
Are you a proper morning person rather than a fake like me? Got any tips?
[Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Weetabix, who sent me a sample of Weetabix Protein Big Biscuit in exchange for an honest review in a blog post].
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