Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Tips and Trends: 8 Easy Tips for Waking Up Refreshed

Early mornings can be a challenge for the busy working woman. Especially if you have a stressful week, make sure your mornings run smoothly so you can ease into the day. The goal is to wake up feeling alert and ready to take on the day. Here are 8 simple and easy tips for making your mornings brighter and more refreshing. 

1. Relax 30 Minutes Before Going to Sleep 

Before going to bed, take the last 30 minutes to do something relaxing. Read a book or a magazine or listen to some calming music. Taking time to calm the body down before you go to sleep can help you sleep deeper. Make sure to also get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night. 

2. Place Your Alarm Clock Across Your Room 

Often one of the most stressful parts of the morning is waking up late after realizing you hit the snooze button one too many times. Allow yourself enough time to get ready in the morning. Set your alarm for the time you need to get out of bed, then place it across the room to force you up and out of bed at the right time. This will ensure you can go through your morning routine without feeling rushed. 

3. Drink Water 

After you wake up, drink a glass of cold water, with some cucumber and mint or lemon in it. This will help rehydrate you after a night of sleeping and start hydrating you for the day ahead. The cold water will also help wake you up and get ready for the day. 

4. Make Your Bed 

After you get up, make your bed so you won't be tempted to crawl back under the covers. Making your bed is also a great mental signal to your brain that it is time to wake up and get going. You will also feel more relaxed knowing the room is organized and clean before you leave. 

5. Get Some Exercise 

Exercising in the morning is a great way to wake up and get the blood flowing. If you are able to squeeze in a workout in the morning, this is a great way to feeling refreshed throughout the day. Even if all you can do is 20 minutes - it will still get the body moving and stretched out. Try SummerGirl Fitness' Total Body 20 Workout for a quick total body workout you can do in the morning! 

6. Stick to Your Morning Grooming Routine  

Reduce stress in the morning by sticking to your tried and true morning routine. Put on the clothes you laid out the night before, use your go-to office makeup, and pick a proven and simple hairstyle. Busy mornings are not the time to experiment with new looks, makeup or hairstyles. Plan these out the weekend before, so that your mornings can be simple and problem free. 

7. Listen to Your Favorite Music 

Music is an incredible mood booster and stress relieved. Create a morning playlist full of upbeat songs that will help get you going in the A.M. Switch it up week to week and play your favorite tunes every morning while you get ready, or as you walk to work. 

8. Eat a Healthy Breakfast 

Make sure to eat a healthy breakfast to boost your energy level and help you wake up. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this is very true for a number of reasons. Eating something first thing in the morning will help jump start your metabolism, and motivate and wake you up for your day. 

Leave your comments and questions below! What morning tips work best for you?! 

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