It’s cold and you have already hit the snooze button more times than you can count. In light of the current situation many are finding it hard to find the motivation to get out of bed in the morning so you're not alone. But why should you be motivated to get out of bed in the morning? - well for starters, it allows you to make the most of your day. When we rush, or start the day off late it can be difficult to stay focused and productive. For all you snooze-lovers, we’ve put together five steps to help give you motivation to get up in the morning.
1. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep
First things first, you can’t feel motivated if you’re too tired to start your day so make sure you start off by getting a good night’s sleep. According to Dr. Michael J.Breus, sleep expert for Huffington Post, the general rule of thumb is to count back 5 x 90-minute cycles or 7.5 hours before you need to wake up. “Each sleep cycle is an average of 90 minutes and the average person has five of them per night” This should be the just the right amount of sleep to get you motivated to start the day.
2. Ask yourself some positive questions
The morning is a powerful time to frame your mindset for the day ahead. One of the best ways to set a positive tone when you wake up is to ask yourself uplifting questions that put your life into perspective and bring you a sense of appreciation. By asking yourself questions like “What am I happy about in my life right now?” and “What are three things I’m grateful for?” you embrace how positive it makes you feel, Henrik Edberg notes on PositivityBlog.com and recognise things that you would ordinarily take for granted.
3. Have a good breakfast
Registered dietician Lauren Schmitt explains that by skipping breakfast, that you’re missing out on an easy, powerful way to turbo charge your day and achieve more. She recommends you start your day with a good balance of essential fatty acids and protein which are great for keeping the nerve impulses firing strong in your brain, and keeping you sharp and focused. She goes on to say that by adding a complex carb, you will experience a slow release of energy. A good example of a breakfast which incorporates all of the above is a bowl of Greek yoghurt with oats and flax seeds.
4. Set some attainable goals for the day
Major life goals like “buying a new house, losing weight or growing your business” require extensive planning and won’t happen overnight but setting small attainable goals each day will shift your perspective and help you become motivated to move into the right direction. As Jeff Olson from the Greatist.com says “your little choices add up to big results”. What you do today matters, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that eating out tonight won’t impact your savings, a brownie won’t hurt your weight-loss or a day without social media engagement won’t affect your website traffic.
5. Get dressed in something that makes you feel good
Putting on that perfect outfit is sure to change your mindset and help you become ready for whatever the day decides to throw at you. That’s because when you feel comfortable and look good, you project confidence, which is a major motivator. Build a wardrobe that feels right for you and expresses your individuality and style, and you’ll always look forward to getting dressed up in the morning.
It can really be that simple to become a motivated person in the morning and live your best life. All it takes is a few minor tweaks to your morning regime and you’re on the right track to looking forward to getting up and starting your day each day, with a smile.