Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Waking Up To A Better You

It is a pretty well known fact that the ideal amount of sleep each night is at least eight hours and that you shouldn’t eat two hours prior to going to bed. You can abide by the hours and eating rule down to the T, but you still need a good morning routine to start your day off on the best possible footing.  So stop hitting the snooze button and make the most out of the morning!

Set a bedtime
For me personally going to bed a decent time is a big challenge. I have the best intentions to be in bed every night at 10, but it is a rarity that that actually happens. If I have my computer in a convent location I will start answer emails that could wait till the next day, but I think to myself ‘well I’ll just go ahead and get it out of the way’ well, as you all probably know, doing one thing leads to another thing than another and another till it’s a little past midnight and you are wired from spending so much time on the computer and not sleepy at all.

For this reason I usually put my computer in the closet before I take a shower, out of sight out of mind right? I do, however, fall off the wagon every now and then… I can tell you from personal experience that going to bed at 12 and waking up at 8 is not the same as going to bed at 10:30 and waking up at 6:30 or 7:00. Even though you are getting 8 hours both ways going to bed seems to be more restorative and leads to a more aware mindset the next day. Going to bed at 12 will usually make you {or at least me} feel a little sluggish the next morning. So set a bedtime, even if  you don’t meet the goal time every night at least you are working towards it and being conscious of the sleep you need.

Another thing I am not the best at, but ironically breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I usually opt for cream of wheat, dry cereal, or yogurt with fruit – something fast and I save the eggs and French toast for some weekends and holidays. Breakfast is probably the easiest meal for people to skip during the day, but it is also the one with probably the most benefits: it gives your metabolism a jump start, more energy, and your ability to process things.

Work It Out
Definitely eat breakfast before you workout or a quick something other wise you may feel light headed. Personally I always feel a million times better after I workout. I feel like I can think better and in turn have a more productive day. The hardest thing about working out in the morning is making a time for it – you have to make a schedule and stick to it.

Showered, Dressed, and Ready To Take on the Day
A shower after a good workout is one of the best things. I think it is always easier when you plan out your outfit the night before that way you don’t feel so rushed putting on your makeup.

Do you have any tips for becoming a better morning person?

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