by Ryan Freebing
Now that the days are getting colder, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to get out of bed early for your morning movement. We all know hitting the snooze button for an extra 30 minutes of drowsy sleep can start you off on the wrong foot, so here are a few tips to get you up and ready to have a meaningful, active day.
Remember Your Why: To know your Why is one of the most important things you can do in your life. Keep a notebook or whiteboard close to your bed so when you wake up, it’s the first thing you see and a visual reminder of your Why. Try connecting your Why to an emotion or feeling, so every time the warm bed calls you back, you associate this action with an emotional outcome. For me, hitting the snooze button might mean sitting in morning traffic, causing me to be late for work or a meeting. Being late makes me feel lazy and embarrassed for being tardy. You can also use a positive feeling as well.
Shock The Body: Although it might not be the most popular, taking a cold shower in the morning is one of the easiest ways to stimulate your body into alertness. The deep breathing in response to your body’s cool surprise actually increases overall oxygen intake. In turn, your heart rate will also increase, releasing a rush of blood through your entire body. This gives us a natural dose of energy that could be sustainable throughout the rest of your day.
Utilize Airplane Mode: I recently spoke with a friend who said they typically wake up to almost 100 notifications on their phone every morning. While I couldn’t imagine how many vibrations, pings, dings, and alerts he was getting in the middle of the night, I also couldn’t help but wonder why his cell phone was the first thing he gravitated towards when he woke up. The morning news, text messages, and social media can wait. Set your phone on Airplane Mode before you settle into bed the night before and don’t grab for it as soon as your alarm wakes you up (yes, it will still work). Give your body and brain a chance to wake up first before you expose yourself to the affairs of the day. If you can wait an hour or two before engaging in any digital activity, you’ll be calm, cool, and collected when you do.
Sweat Early: Engaging in a morning workout is said to be the equivalent of an all-natural cup of coffee, without the jitters. Even if you’re not doing a full 60-minute sweat session, getting your body into the groove of a morning movement routine has been shown to improve focus and mental abilities throughout the day too. Not only will you feel awake and have more energy, but your mind will be ready to take on whatever goals you want to crush or obstacles you encounter during the day.
Meditate or Read for Motivation: Remember silence? Your long lost friend? Meditation is like kryptonite to stress, and taking 10 minutes to yourself in the morning can help you relieve anything you woke up with that might steer you away from having a positive and progressive morning. As you become more familiar with centering yourself with meditation, you’ll learn to drown out inhibitors like noise, clutter, mistakes, guilt, stress and traffic. Try an app like Headspace. It has some great “minis” like Breathe, Unwind, Restore, but also categories for Athletes, Moms/Dads, Students, and more. Just the same, reading in the morning can add an extra boost of motivation and stimulate you to craft fresh ideas or rethink old ones. Just like meditation, you’ll have a little break all to yourself which may even teach you that mornings aren’t the enemy!