When the nights get longer and the weather gets colder, the bed feels warmer and the mornings are harder to face. The natural sleep cycle of our bodies is very finely tuned. This can play an important role in how we feel during the holidays and how well we can stick to our routines. Here are some tips to help maintain a strong morning routine and manage holiday stress.
Start with Why
If you feel like you need to get up early “just because,” you’ll quickly burn out and stay in that warm, cozy bed for as long as possible. It’s better to start your day off with an intention. Why do you need to get up earlier? What’s the purpose of your morning routine?
Plan the Night Before
Making plans the night before is one widely regarded tip to find success when you want to establish a good, healthy morning routine. Schedule chunks of time into flexible work periods so that you don’t spend too much time on one particular subject or activity.
Organize Your Closet
You don’t have to organize your closet in the morning, but organizing it in advance will reduce stress. As experts will attest, the important first step in organizing a closet is sorting clothing into individual sets. One set can be clothes you haven’t worn in a year that will be donated, another can be dedicated to holiday wear, and another for managing the temperatures of midsummer. If you find you still need more room, consider adding some rods to create hanging space or install a few simple shelves. An organized closet will make a huge difference for your mind.
Make It Easy to Get Out of Bed
Part of what makes getting up early so difficult is that you might feel too tired, or that your bed is much warmer than the rest of the house. You can change this by turning up the temperature in the early morning. It also might help if you put your cell phone or alarm in an area you have to physically get out of bed and walk to so you can’t access it as easily. Get up and look at some funny things to wake yourself up. Whether it’s reading the comics or enjoying some of your favorite memes, enjoying some humor can make it easier to get out of bed.
Drink Some Water
After you get out of bed, drink some water to help wake yourself up. Sources agree that dehydration is a major source of fatigue and low energy levels, which can be particularly difficult to work through during the holidays. If you’re feeling tired and can’t really figure out why, drink some extra water to help rejuvenate yourself.
Eat a Tasty Breakfast
According to Forbes, studies have consistently shown that skipping breakfast is associated with adverse heart health, elevated blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglycerides. A tasty breakfast can be something you look forward to in the morning. If you’re not a breakfast person, eat something simple like a banana or another piece of fruit.
Take a Shower
Morning showers are particularly beneficial because they can help people to focus on their intentions for the day, make them more alert, and allow for morning mindfulness. A warm shower will wake you up and get you on the right foot for your morning routines. It’ll be tempting to stay in for the long run, so slowly turn down the temperature until it’s just cold enough for you to handle the temperature outside the shower.
Prepare Some Things the Night Before
Before going to bed, prepare a few things in any way will make your morning easier. This can be as easy as figuring out what your outfit for the next day will be. You can also prepare some food that you’ll pack for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner.
Stress can negatively impact mental health during the holidays. It’s important that you start your day off right with a solid stress-management routine. Find what works for you; there’s no one right way to do anything. However, a good morning can he