Daylight savings time has officially begun. Which means, for many of us, waking up when it's still dark outside.
As if we needed another reason to want to stay in bed.
This time of year, we really start to envy those morning people. You know, the ones who thrive on getting an early start to their day, managing to factor in a workout, tackle chores and have breakfast well before it's time to head to work.
The good news? It's completely possible to transform yourself from someone who constantly hits the snooze button, to a bonafide early riser.
To help get you there, here are five secrets to becoming a morning person.
1. Start your morning with a full glass of water.
One of the reasons we often feel groggy in the morning isn't due to lack of sleep. As we go 7-8 hours without water during our sleep cycle, our bodies start to dehydrate, which can cause lack of energy. Having a full 16 oz glass of water first thing in the morning replenishes and hydrates your body, giving you the energy you need to take on the day.
2. Find something to look forward to.
I'm going to let you in on a big secret of morning people: Most of them are able to spring out of bed in the morning because they have something that they look forward to doing during those early hours.
Whether it's enjoying the peace and quiet of having the house to yourself, your freshly brewed morning coffee or daily jog around the block, having something that motivates you to get out of bed is a key to becoming a morning person.
3. Make it hard to snooze.
Let's face it: Once you start hitting the snooze button, the chances of you getting out of bed to accomplish what you wanted to before work are close to nil.
One way to propel yourself out of bed (literally) is to place your alarm clock or phone away from your bed. Setting it at a distance that requires you to get out of bed in order to shut it off increases the chance that you won't head back to bed to catch a few more minutes of sleep.
4. Get things set up at night.
It's no surprise that how you spend your night will impact your morning. Get to bed at a reasonable hour, and make sure that you spend the hour before you're going to call it a night unwinding -- not glued to a TV or checking your emails.
If you plan on working out in the morning, one trick to keeping that workout promise you made to yourself is to sleep in your workout clothes. Eliminating the one step between you and your morning workout makes that promise easier to follow through on.
5. Add something new to your regimen.
In my line of work, I treat issues such as stress, anxiety and grief with flower essences -- a practice widely accepted in Europe, which is lesser known here in the states. Your body's energy gets out of whack all the time, by the common setbacks we face, and even things like a shift in daylight hours. Flower essences, in my experience, can work to counteract that imbalance, through the use of personalized remedy blends to treat the specific challenges you're up against.
To help make early rising easier, the flower essence Ginko from Findhorn is great for helping disturbed sleep patterns and biorhythms, especially around the time of year that our clocks change. It also helps bring clearer power of judgment and endurance, and better equilibrium. For mental weariness and lack of enthusiasm, the flower essence Gentian can help program your day with freshness and vitality.
Why feel jealous of those morning people when it's completely possible to join them? Try these five tips to help get your mojo moving in the morning!
If you or someone you know is suffering from grief, anxiety, or stress, visit StrongestMinds.com for a free consultation on how flower remedies can help.