Have you made New Year’s resolutions? Are you trying to get fit, eat more greens or give up smoking? We tend to focus on our physical health when we try and get healthy, but mental health matters too. If you don’t feel happy when you wake up every morning, it’s time to focus on your mind, as well as your body. Here are some tips to help you start every day with a smile.
Set an alarm
Do you rush around every morning trying to get to work on time or attempting to get the kids ready and out of the door? If every morning is a frantic rush, try adjusting your sleep routine. Set an alarm for the same time every morning, and make sure you have enough time available to get everything done. There’s nothing worse than starting your day in a panic. Give yourself that extra 15 or 30 minutes, and it will make such a difference.
Not all of us are morning people, and sometimes, we need that extra boost to start the day feeling energetic and motivated. A 5-minute stretching session will get your body and mind ready for the day. Get those muscles working, bring your heart rate up slightly, and focus your mind.
Prepare in advance
If you have time at night, plan ahead for the next day. Get your clothes out, iron a blouse or make your lunch. The simplest things will make all the difference. You’ll be able to sleep better knowing that you haven’t got loads to do, and you can enjoy a more leisurely morning.
De-stress and get enough sleep
Even the most superhuman people struggle to get through the day when they’ve not had enough sleep. It’s vital that you give yourself the best chance of getting enough quality sleep each and every night. Take time to relax and de-stress before you go to bed. Read a magazine, chat to your friends or watch a movie. If you go to bed feeling anxious or tense, you’ll find it difficult to get to sleep. If you can’t sleep on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to get some advice. Missing out on sleep will increase your risk of both mental and physical health problems. If you feel tired every morning, try going to bed half an hour or an hour earlier.