Get up easier in the morning
Winter days are short. Winter nights are long. Your work schedule hasn’t changed. On months like these, you wish you could telecommute. Fortunately, a lot of companies offer working from home options for a lot of employees in the IT, design, programming sectors. For the rest of us, we hobble out of bed and try to make it to work on time. Having time to squeeze in breakfast would be a plus. Here are some ways to help you get up easier on those cold, dark winter mornings
Positioning the alarm clock
Keep your alarm clock far away from you. One way is to keep an alarm clock in the bathroom that will get you out of bed and into the bathroom to turn it off.
Stick to a schedule
Get to bed at the same time every night. Your body responds to habits. You may have to keep doing this over successive days even if you can’t fall asleep at first. Just by creating the same bedtime routine, your body will become accustomed to eventually fall asleep at a certain time and then wake up at the same time everyday. 8 hours is recommended for young adults and adults and 10 hours for children.
Rewards and incentives
Give yourself an incentive to get up. Whether it’s stopping by your favorite bakery or cafe before heading to the office, having that little incentive to stop somewhere en-route to work, really gives me that extra push needed to get out of bed knowing I’ll be able to wake up to my favorite milk tea, or fresh bun.
Avoid caffeine or alcoholic beverages before bed. This will keep you up throughout the night and completely throw off your sleep schedule that you’ve worked the days before to establish. The only time I allow myself to consume any caffeine is in the morning and my cut off time is before 9AM. I don’t normally drink coffee, so when I do my body is very responsive even to low caffeine levels.
Brrr, it’s freezing
If you feel mornings too cold to crawl out of your warm, plush covers, you could try to put a robe on the side to put on before heading to the bathroom.
On top of winter blues, we are faced with the challenges of getting up to start our days during those dark, gloomy months. Hopefully, you will find these tips useful to help you get on with your day. Thankfully, Christmas is just around the corner!