How is it possibly time for my alarm clock to already be going off?!?
What do you do when you have morning blahs? When it feels like your mattress has wrapped its invisible arms around you and just really wants you to stay in bed?
Do you have those mornings? I confess that I do. Those days when before I even open my eyes I know there won’t be enough coffee to perk me up. Or will there?
Here are three habits to help you (and me) make a better start:
- Stop the snooze. Hitting the snooze button becomes a habit; and not a positive one. Although it may be satisfying at first, smacking that snooze button soon becomes detrimental to our sleep patterns, and worse, our waking patterns. Many sleep experts agree that occasionally hitting the snooze button doesn’t do much to our REM patterns, but when snoozing is the default, we actually begin interrupting our sleep to the point that our bodies become confused as to when we should and shouldn’t be sleeping.
- Hit the light. Sleeping in a dark room is soooo satisfying. Waking in a dark room is hard. When the alarm clock begins its frantic ringing, or persistent music cycle, turn on the light. This helps our bodies know that it’s time to get moving.
- Throw the covers off. The comfort of the sheet and covers is palpable. Just let me snuggle down a bit more for ten more minutes – oops, there’s that snooze again. Break the duvet’s hold and cast it off. If your room is chilly, well, then you’ll wake up a little bit more quickly, won’t you? That’s good, right?
Those are good, positive steps to take to develop better habits, but the fact is, not wanting to get out of bed is really a symptom of something else.
The real question is, “Why don’t we want to get out of bed?”
If life has become a bit of a drudgery, perhaps we should examine that.
Get away by yourself for a couple hours and ask:
- What do I dread each day? Why?
- What can I do about it?
- What can I replace in my routine to make life better?
- What do I like about my day?
- How can I replicate that to other areas?
- How can I help someone else’s day be better?
There’s no magic formula here. It’s simply taking what you know and have already been processing in your subconscious, writing it down, and getting it in a tangible format. Maybe you haven’t taken a day off in two years, hadn’t realized it and it’s time for a little break. Maybe it’s time to take a class or learn a new skill. Or maybe… who knows?
Taking time for this assessment and making some adjustments to your daily routine, just may help make each morning a bit more approachable and, dare we hope, enjoyable?