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Sleep and Morning Routines

Not everyone is a morning person and even if you are mornings can be difficult especially if we have had a poor night sleep… sick children, vivid dreams, getting up to use the bathroom. 

But did you know that dysregulated sleep and poor sleep is linked directly to the development of many chronic health conditions…

So, what can you do to improve your sleep

  1. Try cutting out caffeine after midday
  2. Reduce alcohol intake
  3. Turn your phone and TV off an hour before bed
  4. Eat your last meal 3 hours before bedtime
  5. Set a regular wind down and bedtime routine
  6. Meditate and breathing exercises
  7. Make your bedroom a place of calm and tranquillity
  8. Take Magnesium before bed

With better bedtime routines you will feel more energized in the morning.  Think back to the last time you had an amazing start to the day; it’s almost as though it triggers a ripple effect through the rest of your day that leads to lots of other amazing things.

Unfortunately is it also true of chaotic mornings, that tend to lead to other chaos throughout the course of the day. If you can minimize the chaos and increased the positivity as the beginning of each day, then that ultimately means many more good days.

Here are three easy ways to brighten up your mornings!

WAKE UP A LITTLE EARLIER

Busy and chaotic mornings can be a huge stress and set the scene for the rest of the day.  One of the reasons for the chaos can be so much happening at once, kids needing breakfast, you are trying to get ready, make packed lunches, get everyone out the door – exhausting.

The solution? Set your alarm for at least half an hour earlier than usual. This works even better if you manage to wake up before the rest of your family does. Use that extra time to start your day how you want, get your self ready or enjoy some time to have 5 minutes to stretch and wake up, enjoy the peacefulness of the moment.

SET YOUR INTENTIONS AND GOALS FOR THE DAY

When you wake up take time to check in with yourself and set some intentions for your day ahead. 

While you are having your morning tea, think about how you felt when you woke up, what was the first thought you had when you opened your eyes. Then see if you can channel those things into intentions for the day ahead.

For example, if you woke up feeling anxious about all the things you must get done that day, then spend a few minutes mentally prioritizing and organizing tasks, and then set an intention of what you are going to focus. 

Beginning the day with a thought-out intention can give you such a sense of purpose and positivity that carries through the rest of the day, and makes everything seem much more manageable.

GET MOVING

Even if you cannot fit in a whole workout in the morning, try and spend even 10 minutes doing something.   A quick walk, or just some stretching; getting some kind of movement into your morning can have an unbelievable impact on your day.

If this sounds like a challenging proposition, make it easier on yourself by putting a yoga mat in your bedroom. Wake up, pull out your mat, and do a little stretching.  It will help you feel more alert and focused, get your circulation going, and, most importantly, will put you into a productive mindset before you have even had breakfast.

Admittedly we do need to create a little extra room at the start of our day but with this investment will come a sense of balance and calm that we can continue throughout our day.   Admittedly, it does take a little bit of planning to create a little extra room in the beginning of your day, but think of it as an investment in your own happiness creating a sense of balance and calm throughout our day.

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