Finding Morning Motivation
Sam Wilson, October 25, 2016
Now, I’ll start by admitting that I’m not a morning person, never have been.
I’m very much amongst those of you that greet the alarm clock with complete disdain and am rarely enthusiastic about the prospect of leaving the warmth and comfort of my bed.
However, what I have discovered is a way to not treat every single morning with dread; the end of a glorious sleep doesn’t need to be the end of the world.
Here are just a few ways to make mornings more appealing.
Plan your morning the night before
I completely appreciate that at the end of a long working day, the last thing you want to be doing is start thinking about the next one.
However, mapping out what you’re going to be doing the next day can do wonders in terms of putting your mind at ease. The fear of the unknown is often the worst kind and by giving yourself a clear idea of what the next day holds can give you peace of mind, helping you sleep.
Take ten minutes at the end of the day to create a list of the things you’re going to tackle when you get in the next day. The lack of any nasty surprises will allow you to approach the next morning head on.
Start your day with exercise
As we head towards winter, this one becomes increasingly tricky however those that do it will really feel the benefits.
Even if just for half an hour, finding time to exercise first thing will set you up for a great morning. It relieves stress, gives you a chance to clear your head and allows you to start your day with a real sense of achievement. The endorphins released by exercise will leave you in a great mood as you start your working day, not to mention the feeling you get as you show off to your co-workers by casually mentioning your 7am run.
So don’t let the cold weather put you off, dust off those running shoes and start your day with a jog, cycle or even just a brisk walk. Your 7am self may not feel like it but ‘9am you’ will definitely thank you.
Get some sleep
This is an obvious one but you stand the best chance of feeling positive in the morning if you’re waking up from a decent night’s sleep.
A lack of sleep can have a severe impact on your cognitive processes, this makes you less productive, less able to process and retain information and solve problems. If you’re regularly going to work with a lack of sleep then likelihood is that you’re not able to perform to the best of your abilities and find work more difficult than it needs to be. Subsequently, you’ll probably find it difficult to be enthusiastic about going to work.
Those that regularly get a good night’s sleep will have more energy and greater cognitive ability, chances are they’re able to achieve more.
Those that achieve more get greater satisfaction from their work and, therefore, are likely to be more positive about their work. A positive approach to your work will make facing those mornings significantly easier.
I know, I know. That extra 10 minutes is just so damn appealing when your alarm interrupts your sweet slumber. However, by hitting that snooze button you could be setting yourself up for a much worse start to the day.
By going back to sleep once you’ve been woken up in the morning, you’re essentially giving your brain permission to begin its sleep cycle again. When your alarm goes off again, 10 or so minutes later, you’re then waking yourself at a much earlier point in your cycle than the first time round. This will likely result in you waking up much groggier and less energetic than you would have done the first time around.
Give yourself the best start by resisting the urge to snooze, you’ll thank yourself later in the day.
These are just a few of a number of things you can do to help you approach the morning with enthusiasm, rather than dread. We can’t all be morning people, we can, however, change our thinking and remove the stigma that often make mornings such a pain.