If you’re struggling to find that get-up-and-go in the mornings, it’s time to introduce a few minor measures to give it a kick-start.
That early morning alarm is always an unwelcome intrusion and it takes sheer willpower to get out of bed after you’ve hit the snooze button once or twice. Try the following ‘interventions’ to help with the struggle of getting out of bed…
- The toe wiggle
I read about this strategy a few years ago. You wiggle your toes and rotate your ankles for a few seconds before getting out of bed. It’s a tried and true method for me. This simple act every morning immediately stimulates a set of nerves, which energise the brain and help you to shake off sleepiness.
- The big yawn
Yawning is something we naturally do when we are tired. Having a big yawn or two every morning will force a large intake of oxygen into the body, as well as into the brain.
- Move your alarm clock
Move your alarm clock or cell phone to the other side of the room rather than keep it on your nightstand, so that you are forced to get out of bed to silence the contraption.
- Yoga in bed
This is also something I find to be effective. Yoga in bed does not mean doing your downward dog or eccentric poses beneath the blankets. It often involves sitting up in bed and slowly rotating your head or sitting with the soles of your feet together and relaxing forward for a groin stretch. There are plenty YouTube tutorials like this one that demonstrate this. Pajama yoga will get your blood pumping and make waking up in the mornings a much calmer process.
- Drink a full glass of water
Throughout the night, your body dehydrates; a tall glass of cold water will help rehydrate your body enabling you to feel more awake. It will also kick-start your metabolism and flush out toxins.