Beating The Morning Blues

Beep… beep… beep

Beep… beep… beep

Oh, that dreaded sound that all normal human beings hate – the sound of an alarm clock. It is 5:30 in the morning, the sun is not up yet and you’re expected to be up and about. Waking up is singularly one of the most difficult things for a person to do. Experts call this condition as clinomania – people in general call it human nature.

Waking up is the first in a list of unwilling, undesirable tasks lined up for me every single morning. Brush your teeth, wash your face, organize the bed, take a shower, pick out clothes, dress up, condition your hair, polish your shoes, take care of breakfast, procure the work paraphernalia – mornings are, ironically, the worst nightmare of many.

And then there’s the traffic. Where there’s traffic, there is congestion. You can be stuck there for hours. As if the pollution and hazards weren’t enough, the endless traffic headaches make the mornings messier than imaginable.

This is a problem because scientifically, human beings are at their most productive during early mornings. The depressing nature of most of our mornings makes the rest of the day non-productive – each of us needs to find a way to have peaceful, productive mornings to ensure a productive life.

Thankfully, we do not need a fairy godmother or guardian angel to help us out of this fix. All we need are a few things which will become the ingredients for a productive and happy morning.

Sleep early and wake up early

It’s better to wake up early because we are at our physical and mental peak in the early hours of the morning when there are fewer distractions. The main reason why most of us wake up late is because we sleep late. We play games, watch movies, eat late into the night, then have trouble sleeping, and by the time we are rudely awakened by the jarring noise of the alarm, we are grumpy and irritable. It’s not the alarm that’s the problem – it’s our lifestyle. The solution is simply to sleep early. Begin by sleeping an hour early and waking up 30 minutes early. Continue this exercise till you find it comfortable to wake up at least 2 hours early.

Keep distance from phones, iPads, and laptops

Researches proved that those who text or watch movies before going to sleep tend to have relatively more disturbed and uneven patterns of sleeping when compared with those who had no technological activity before sleeping. Such activities disturb your sleep cycles, resulting in unsatisfactory sleep – thus leading to grouchy mornings full of petulant and pessimistic behavior. So make sure there’s at least one no-tech hour before you go to sleep.

Keep the alarm clock at a far distance from your bed

This will force you to get up and walk all the way to the clock to switch it off. It might make you cranky, but you will get used to it over time.

Make your alarm tone the same as your ringtone

A call makes us more alert than an alarm ring. If your source of an alarm is your mobile phone, then this is a very efficient way to ensure that you wake up early.

Early morning eating

After a night’s sleep your body needs re-fuelling. What you have in the morning is crucial in deciding your day. Make sure to drink a lot of water, and have a breakfast rich in fruits, oatmeal, milk, and other healthy foods so that your day can have a healthy start.

Plan your day efficiently

Once you have your mornings free of sulkiness and complains, make the best use of them. Complete the most significant tasks first because your body is wired in such a way that it is most productive in the mornings. Have a detailed plan on how you will go about your day, and stick to it no matter what.

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