No one likes to be a grump, and no one likes to live with, or work with, someone who is constantly moody. If you are not a morning person then maybe it’s time to look at how you can start the day fresh every day and what changes you can make to your routine to help you start your day off on a better note.
The night before
One of the best ways to make sure you are in a better mood when you wake up is to take care the night before. If you have to get up early for work there is nothing worse than going to bed late or having a terrible night’s sleep. Be careful about what you eat before you go to bed; don’t eat too much or anything that takes a lot of digestion. Also try to avoid caffeine as this will accentuate your central nervous system which will delay you getting to sleep.
Your personal sleeping pattern
Another thing to keep on top of is your sleeping pattern, everyone is different and you need to know what works best for you. It is pointless sticking to the average eight hour recommendation if your body doesn’t need it. In fact the average recommendation is actually six to eight hours, and you could need anything between. Sleeping for longer than your body needs is just as bad as not sleeping for long enough and will make your mood swings worse when you wake. Try and monitor your sleeping pattern and determine how many hours you need to feel better, your body will sometimes wake you without any prompting if it has had enough sleep so if it does this it’s a good idea to get up rather than force yourself to try and get back to sleep.
If you need to set your alarm clock to wake you up, make sure it is not jarring; a soft bell ring is just as likely to wake you up as a prison type warning bell and is likely to wake you gradually, waking your mind up slowly. Often, sleep experts recommend that you play a radio station quietly to wake you up and introduce you to your day. You can also get alarm clocks which act as docks for your chosen music playing device and these will allow you to be woken by your favourite band every morning, which is likely to put you in an even better mood.
Exercise releases hormones and increases your energy dramatically so it’s a great idea to start your day with some mild exercise. Have a drink of water before you exercise as your body will need hydration after sleep, then just do 20 to 30 minutes to wake your body up. You will feel refreshed and be more likely to cope with the people around you.
Some people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in a way they are right. After up to 12 hours without food your blood sugar and energy levels are bound to be low so make sure you top them up before leaving the house and you will feel far better for it.
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