Jo Lippold, Green Press
We all know what we should be doing when we wake up. Get up at silly o’clock, spring out of bed onto a yoga mat or into your running shoes, meditate, eat a healthy breakfast and skip to work. If, however, you are more like me who, when the alarm goes off at an hour that felt reasonable when I set it, feels it’s a distinctly inappropriate time, as I turn it off, don’t fear, you are not alone.
We get terribly caught up in the idea of ‘should’, but our morning will look as individual as we are. Some people are early birds, some are night owls, but no matter what time you wake up there are few fixes and cheats to help you to achieve the serenity and calm needed to negotiate the day.
WORK OUT WHAT YOUR RHYTHM IS
We all know what the science nerds say about getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night, and whereas I think that’s a pretty good estimate, it will differ for all of us. Work out what you feel best on and go from there, being mindful that anything less than six hours can affect your physical and mental wellbeing. For instance, do you ever feel mindlessly munchy after a bad night’s sleep? It’s because sleeping regulates your hormones… including the ones that make you feel hungry and full.
DON'T HIT SNOOZE
I love a lie in, even if it’s just for nine minutes, but if we hit snooze first thing in the morning we set the tone for the rest of the day; that things can be put off and delayed. The hardest part of getting up is going from horizontal to vertical, so why not put your phone on the other side of the room so you have to get up to turn it on. Then you are already up, so you may as well have a shower and brush your teeth.
WATER, WATER, WATER
Ever wake up with that foggy feeling that makes you feel you’ve spent the night co-starring in The Hangover, but not a drop of alcohol has passed your lips? It could be because it’s been at least six hours since you last drank anything and your body will thank you for gulping back a glass of water.
I love my bed, so being able to stay in it for as long as possible means I need to be organised the night before. I’m up and about early these days, so before bed I lay out my clothes, have a KeepCup with a green tea bag near the kettle and enough water in the kettle so I can switch it on on my way to the bathroom, and have my bag packed and lunch ready for the next day. Sure it feels a little like I’m back at school, but it’s the most efficient use of my time in the morning and means I’m not in a panic because I can’t find my socks.
We have all heard it before, but eating something first thing in the morning really kick-starts your metabolism so you’re burning calories all day. There have even been some studies to suggest that eating 30g protein within the first 30 minutes of waking can curb hunger and help maintain a healthy body in the long term. If you can’t bring yourself to have a full meal, then try working your way up with a juice, smoothie or piece of fruit. It’s a great way to get in one of your five a day nice and early.
As for me, I’ve now got my morning ritual to look a little like this:
I am up at 6.30am, brush my teeth and do three pages of free writing to clear my brain before listening to a headspace meditation. I then shower, have a cup of green tea and jump on my bike. I have a smoothie for breakfast when I arrive at work and start my day.
One of the hardest things I find is that my routine is great during the week, but tends to get quickly forgotten on the weekends. If you can, keep to your ritual or a version of it. It will make the following week easier to get into and create a sense of calm, making sure you’re ready for whatever life throws at you.
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