This is how to brighten your morning
Here are ways to make sure you wake up on the right side of the bed and ease into your day with a positive, calm attitude.
Remember: Stress and anxiety wreak havoc on your immunity.
Enter your day happy and relaxed, and you greatly increase your chances of a healthy, productive day.
1. Go to sleep with your blinds or curtains open
That way, the natural light of the rising sun will send a signal to your brain to slow its production of melatonin and bump up its production of adrenaline, a signal that it’s time to wake up.
When the alarm goes off, you’ll already be half awake.
Even better: Go to bed early enough so that waking up when the sun shines through your window still gives you the recommended seven hours of shut-eye.
2. Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier
This way, you don’t have to jump out of bed and rush through your morning.
You can begin your morning by lying in bed, slowly waking up.
Stretching. Listening to the news headlines.
Mentally clicking off what you’re going to wear, what you’re going to do, what you’re going to have for breakfast.
It’s just as important to prepare yourself mentally as physically for your day. (Here’s how to hack your daily commute.)
These few minutes in bed, before anyone else is up, are all yours.