If it usually takes you thirty minutes or more to wake up properly (and that’s on a good day), then don’t worry, you’re in good company. That said, it’s true that waking up can often be a hard task, especially as we get older. You can have everything going for you, enjoy your life, be grateful for the people in it, and still feel a sense of unease and discomfort waking up in the morning.
You likely know what we’re talking about. Sometimes that tiresome feeling of dejection or frustration that comes in the morning before you really have a chance to assert yourself can inspire us to crawl back in bed and say “no” to whatever is happening that day. Even if you have a fun day planned, this can be the irrational reaction we all have.
So, are there ways around this? After all, greeting the day in a sour mood is never a happy way to welcome the pleasure of being alive for another day, which is, after all, a total privilege to enjoy. In this post, we’ll discuss a few quick methods of overcoming this morning ennui. Implement these methods into your routine, and you’ll be raring to go.
Get Fresh Air Into Your Lungs
We can often feel a little lethargic in the morning because the comfort and warmth of our beds are inviting places. Heading out into a strange, cold and unpredictable world is subconsciously a step down from where you begin the day. So, making a downgrade from where you wake up to where you have to be, in that nature, doesn’t feel so great.
A good way to subvert this is by heading outside, perhaps on your porch, perhaps in your courtyard, or even when letting the dog out, and commit to breathing exercises. Getting fresh air deep into your lungs can help you avoid feeling stuffy and lethargic, and instead breathe deeply and confidently. Breath in, hold it for a little while, then exhale fully. Try to breath “into your stomach” instead of into your chest, because that will help you make use of your full lung capacity. Of course, if you’re a smoker, try to limit or quit this habit.
Fresh air helps you greet the day, but it also opens your mindset and welcomes the world in. This can be as energizing as any cup of coffee. Speaking of that…
Pour A Beautiful Cup Of Morning Coffee
Coffee can seem like a crutch or an indulgence, but if you have a fantastic provider and source the beans well, this doesn’t have to be a cheap and nasty pick-me-up, but a comforting, deeply nourishing way to start your day.
Play a little morning jazz on your speakers, use your sage coffee machine to create a small brew while your omelette is cooking, and be peaceful in the still of the morning. It will help you feel more active and engaged. It can also be nice to read a chapter of a book you’re reading if you have time, or to simply enjoy the peace and quiet before a hectic day begins.
Prepare The Night Before
Of course, sometimes the morning isn’t defined by your upcoming day at all. Sometimes, it’s defined by the night before. If you have your work backpack properly organized, you have your packed lunch sorted for the day ahead, your workwear or casual outfits are waiting for you, and you have a basic itinerary you can follow and not have to just make up as you go along will save you an enormous amount of mental energy over time.
This can benefit you of any age, and waking up to a smoothly progressing day is so much better than anything else.
Try The “James Bond” Shower
The “James Bond” shower is known as a normal shower that you turn to the colder setting before you leave. This gives you a shock of awareness that might not have happened if you felt lethargic from a steamy and hot shower, and it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable, because you get used to the chill quite quickly.
Sure, that might not sound so appealing to some, and you’re not wrong or silly for thinking that at all. However, the benefits are worth the initial displeasure of colder temperatures, because it helps you feel immediately alert, focused, attentive, and even interested in your day. In other words, it has all the benefits of your morning coffee without overdoing your caffeine. Moreover – it feels good to avoid all of that lethargy or sleepiness you would have had to battle with otherwise. Much like ripping off a plaster can get things over and done with, the James Bond shower can help you burst into your day like a motivated secret agent.
With this advice, you’re sure to overcome that morning ennui in the best possible sense.