What’s The First Thing You Do When You Wake Up?

How you wake up and get out of bed has a huge impact on how you will feel throughout the day. Do you hit the snooze button a million times and drag yourself out of bed every morning? Or do you literally jump out of your bed, do ten jumping jacks and say “I’m feeling great today!” ? Below are a few tricks you can do to set a positive tone for your day:

  1. Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room: A lot of people in my social circle use this method and say it works. Be careful not to go back to bed right after you silence your alarm clock though:) It is very tempting to do so…
  2. Use an alarm clock with natural daylight simulation: That’s the method I use. I set my clock to 5:30 if I want to get out of bed by 6:00. The clock starts to gradually light up, just like the sun does. By 6:00 the room is filled with soft light and I wake up rested. I do not use the alarm sound at all, but you can use both.
  3. Practice gratitude: You can do this when you first open your eyes or when you first get up on your feet. Think of at least three people or three things you are grateful for in your life. Practicing gratitude works wonders.
  4. Jump out of your bed and do ten jumping jacks: This is a new habit I’ve started after reading about it somewhere. It gives you a fresh energy boost first thing in the morning!
  5. Dedicate a few minutes to some type of movement: You have a lot of options to choose from. If you are looking for a three-minute movement, try the Japanese Radio Taiso movements. It has gentle movements and takes a very short amount of time. Alternatives can be Yoga, Taichi, or Qigong. Please check out Qigong with Ezgi for online Qigong courses. Another option would be using exercise apps. There are many apps out there that offer exercises you can accomplish in as little as seven minutes.

Your morning is a block of time that totally belongs to you. Modern life requires us to run from one place to another and do things for others. You may be dedicating eight hours of your day to your boss, your colleagues, or your customers; and your evenings to your family. So it’s a little bit difficult to have control over those periods. The mornings though, they belong to you. You have total control. Try to make good use of each of your mornings as much as you can.

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