Having a good morning is only possible after a good night’s sleep, in my opinion anyway. I go through phases of being a morning person and feeling excited to get out of bed each day…but at this point in time, I can safely say that I am not in morning person mode. In fact, I’ve started to dread mornings. It’s definitely natural around this time of the year to feel this way. The weather is grim, the mornings are dark, and we would all prefer to stay warm in bed.
Below are 6 ways to make your mornings a little more bearable. A lot of them tie in with a good nights sleep, which makes sense.
6 Steps to Making Mornings Bearable
Lumie Alarm Clock
I picked up my Lumie alarm clock almost 6 weeks ago. I didn’t want to recommend it prematurely, but I have to say, I haven’t looked back since it entered my life. Lumie alarms clocks are specifically designed to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and winter blues, boost mood and energy levels and improve sleep.
My mornings are so much more bearable since I’m no longer waking up to an abrupt sound from my phone in a dark room. 30 minutes before my alarm is set to go off, the Lumie slowly starts to flood my room with pink, then yellow light, which mimics a sunrise. I find that my body is subconsciously waking before I’m aware. Some mornings, I’ll naturally open my eyes before my alarm time, and when I see that the room is starting to brighten up, it makes the whole process of rising so much calmer and easier. There are a range of different settings and sounds that you can apply. I wake up to the sound of birds tweeting and I swear, I am a nicer person because of it. Every morning feels a little like summer and that makes such a difference. You can hook the alarm clock up to the radio too. My friend Ciara uses a clock like this and wakes up to Lyric FM every morning. It’s totally down to your personal preference.
Late Night Eating
I find that eating late really affects my nights sleep. Where possible, I try and have a bigger lunch and a smaller dinner. If that’s not the case, I find that portion control is so important and I try and limit my sugar intake. This is me totally speaking from personal experience but I do find that following this helps me to sleep well & wake up feeling a lot more rested.
Have a Wind Down & Morning Ritual
This is something that I’ve started since getting my alarm clock. In the same way that the morning alarm mimics a sunrise, you can also turn on a sunset setting for the night time. I use this time to either read or tidy up my room before I go to sleep. It’s probably something to do with the mental image of seeing something bright get dimmer, and then ultimately switch off that helps me to get into the mind-frame that sleep is coming and it’s time to embrace it. Having a morning ritual that doesn’t involve rushing out the door in the morning would definitely help it in setting you up for a good day. Set a few minutes aside to doing something you love or enjoying a cup of coffee at home.
I say this more often than I can keep track, but in an ideal world, I wouldn’t have my phone in my room at all. I don’t know how realistic an ambition like that is though to be perfectly honest. I’ve definitely noticed that since switching from my phone alarm to my Lumie alarm clock, I feel less horrified when I realise that my time in bed is up each morning.
Tidy Room & Ambiance
Waking up to a mess or a less than desirable room setup will undoubtedly set you off on the wrong foot on a given morning. Since moving everything work related out of my room and out of my sight each morning, it’s made such a difference. Bedrooms are for sleeping and relaxing, not working. Have some candles and scent diffusers in your room to make it a place that you look forward to spending time in.
I really hope that you found this post helpful! I would love to hear your thoughts!