A tried and tested routine to leave you feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed every weekday morning.

27 May 2016

Do you ever wake up on a midweek morning with a hint of regret? “I shouldn’t have hit that last snooze”, “I should have gone to bed earlier”, “why didn’t I prepare everything last night”, “oh no! I forgot I need to go get petrol on my way to work”, “great! We’re out of milk… again.” – sound familiar?

Truth is we’ve all been there at some point. For one reason or another there are simply not enough hours in the working day to fit everything in. We’re also lacking the enthusiasm to do more than the bare minimum after a long day in most instances. We’re tired, we’re crammed, and we’ve had a bad day. We can’t be bothered making tea but it’s a necessity but you damn right the shirt you need for the next day can wait to be ironed until the morning.

The point is there’s never a good time and it’s always going to be an inconvenience. Do you really think you’re going to get up 15 minutes earlier to get the jobs done that you couldn’t be bothered doing the night before? Not likely.

Now that we’ve made you feel resentful of your procrastinations (this wasn’t our intension, honest) we best to tell about the handful of fundamental changes you can make to your late evening and early morning routines that will leave you feeling bright eyed, bushy tailed and more than ready for whatever the world is about to throw your way.

It all starts the night before, and we’re not being unrealistic and we don’t expect you to stick to this relentlessly every night and morning. Life doesn’t work like that, unfortunately. However mixing things up and implementing 1 or 2 of the below 2 or 3 times a week should see you reaping the benefits in no time.

Someone say promotion? It’s yours. New Year’s gym resolution to start in May? Better late than never. A healthy eating food plan preparation? You got this. It really is amazing what and how these changes can affect, primarily your ability, drive and determination to get things done. So let’s get started!

No caffeine after 8pm

Caffeine is primarily used as a central nervous system stimulant that works by stimulating the brain making us feel awake and roused. For this reason and this reason alone having a caffeine cut off point is essential to ensuring a good night’s sleep meaning it should not be consumed after 8pm at the latest.

Bathe before bed

Taking a bath in an evening is the best way to relax and unwind after a hectic day and enjoy a bit of much needed ‘me time’. We encourage you to, at least once a week, enjoy a relaxing soak of an evening and literally forget about everything else. Now we know that is abit contradictory given the first 4 paragraphs of this article however we promise you it is essential. Soak, relax, moisturise and enjoy a restful sleep but remember to grab a quick shower to freshen up in the morning.

At 7 hours sleep

Having a restful, undisturbed sleep, is one of the most important things we as adults can do. Sleep is so important when it comes to recharging our batteries, boosting our immune system, healing and our mental and emotional state. Health professionals state we need 6-8 hours a sleep a night to be able to function at our best, for that reason we opted to a happy, slap bang in the middle, 7.

No snoozing aloud

It is so tempting when your alarm goes off at some un godly hour to hit the snooze button but scientist have proven that those extra few minute that we think will provide us with essential minute to wake up will actually do us more harm than good. In fact when you hit the snooze button and drift off again, your brain starts its sleep cycle all over again. Therefore when your alarm goes off for the second time, you're actually likely to be in an even deeper, earlier part of your sleep cycle, resulting in you feeling worsethan you did the first time.

Morning Shower

Whether you bathe or shower in an evening we would urge you to repeat the process in the morning. Showering first thing opens your pours, cleanses your skin, awakens your mind and refreshen’s the soul ready for the day ahead. Hot water, but mind not to scold, will help steam the skin and assist exfoliation, reduce the heat before getting out to close pours and awaken your senses.

Move with Music

Music is a natural enhancing of the soul. Just think about it, when one of your favourite songs of the moment comes onto the radio you are instantly more upbeat with a defining mood change; you sing along, tap your feet and you may even give your hips a little shake.

This is because music works on the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling our blood pressure, heartbeat and brain function. The ANS also influences the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls feelings and emotions, all of which react sensitively to music.

For that reason we encourage a bit of audio in the mornings to get them good vibes moving. Attune your ear to your local breakfast show, it doesn’t have to be loud, just on in the background and see your spirits lifted.

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day

We’re sure you’ve heard the saying “eat like a king at breakfast, a prince and dinner and a pauper at tea”. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it sets you up, awakens and energises you to get going. The term Breakfast actually came from the meaning to ‘break-fast’ as it is the first thing you eat following 12 hours (potential) of fasting.

A healthy body is a healthy mind and we suggest a supplementary diet to compliment the ongoing routine changes you are making in order to reap the full benefits. Fruit smoothies, eggs, wholegrain cereal, multigrain bread, oats, porridge and natural yoghurt are just a handful of morning meals you should be eating.

Fresh, fired and raring to go

A final word of wisdom for those warmer summer months – open a window and inhale some fresh summer air. Why? Well scientist prove that the great outdoors is a natural stress reliever and happiness increaser that can help boost your immune system, energise and heal your heart and soul. Not only that but who doesn’t like the sound of birds chirping away in a morning? Mother Nature has so much to offer and we should welcome her with open arms at every given opportunity.

MoreBathrooms, part of the Passmore family, is a Leeds based bathrooms by design specialist. Whether you require a complete bathroom solution or a bathroom renovation MoreBathrooms offer bathroom design incorporating expert knowledge and advice in all themes, ranges and styles as part of their complete supply & installation service.

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