How To Get Out Of Bed

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The temperatures have lowered, making it increasingly difficult to get myself out of my warm and cozy bed each morning.

Not only do I want to remain snuggled up and comfy, but getting up is even more of a challenge because I’m usually not getting up for something fun and exciting. Nope. Just another day of work. Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to work I go….

I know I’m not the only one with this problem. So I’ve compiled a list of helpful tips for getting up in the morning.

1.Start with a good nights sleep

Oftentimes we feel groggy in the morning, which makes us not want to get up. Having a restful night of sleep can prevent this. You should get eight hours of sleep every night. If you have trouble sleeping, try taking melatonin. Something you should not do before bed is look at screens, so put down the phone, or tablet, and turn off that TV. Lights can lower melatonin levels, making for a less restful sleep. Another thing to avoid before bedtime is drinking alcohol. It may aid you in falling asleep, but studies show it does nothing for the quality of your sleep, and only makes you feel worse in the morning.

2. Keep your alarm clock as far from you as possible

It can be tempting to just hit snooze and go back to sleep. I often do this, giving myself ten more minutes or so. Unfortunately many times I end up falling into a deep sleep and waking up late. This is why it’s good to set many alarms, and to make it harder to dismiss each one. If your alarm clock is out of reach, when it starts blaring, driving you crazy, you’ll have no choice but to get out of bed to put an end to it. Once you’re out of bed it’s easier to get up.

3. Do some stretches in bed

It makes it easier to get up if you’ve set your body into motion. You can stay in bed while still waking yourself up by sitting up and stretching. Or remain laying down in bed and lift your legs up and touch your toes. There are many stretches you can do and they help wake up your muscles.

4. Plan out an exciting and healthy breakfast

It’s very important to eat breakfast in the morning. They don’t call it the most important meal of the day for no reason. It gives you energy, which can help to jumpstart your day. If you plan out a tasty, nutritional breakfast, then you have something to look forward to in the morning. You can even prepare it the night before. It motivates you to get out of bed when you know there is something tasty waiting for you. A sugary breakfast will lead to a crash later on, so go for something full of vitamins and nutrients. Omega-3’s and protein are a good thing to include in your breakfast. Eggs and avocado are a great source of this. If you like oatmeal or yogurt, try adding nuts, or chia seeds. Or both! Another amazing thing to have in the morning is a smoothie. Gather all your favorite fruits and have yourself a healthy and delicious smoothie, packed with vitamins, to help energize you.

5. Get yourself in a good mood.

Talk yourself into getting up. Recite some daily affirmations. Tell yourself reassuring things about how it’s gonna be a great day. This helps to create the right attitude, which can set the tone of your day. Sometimes it helps to practice gratitude in the morning. Just get yourself into a good mood so waking up and facing the day isn’t a total drag. I like to watch funny YouTube videos, or read uplifting blog posts before I get up.

6. Establish a morning routine that makes you feel good

Begin each morning with activities that you like. Maybe do some yoga, meditation, journaling, listening to your favorite songs, sitting down to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while watching the news (although the news usually doesn’t make us feel good..) Doing something productive, or just something that makes you happy is a great way to start the day.

7. Prepare your outfit for that day

Every night I pick out an outfit to wear the next day. This saves me time in the morning, and the frustration of trying to pick what I want to wear when I just woke up and don’t feel like doing anything. Sometimes I struggle to find an outfit that I like, so it’s best to do this before bed, rather than in the morning when you are sluggish.

8. Have a glass of lemon water by your bed

First thing you should do when you wake up is drink water, but you can enhance it by adding lemon. The vitamin C in lemon gives your immune system a boost, helping you to feel well throughout the day. Lemons also have antibacterial and antifungal properties, and are helpful in digestion. Your brain function may even be improved due to the potassium and magnesium in lemons.

 

Happy waking everyone!!!

How I Kicked My Expensive Coffee Habit

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For me, going to bed is generally a pleasant experience. Waking up? Not so much. Getting myself out of bed in the morning and dragging myself to work is dreadful. That’s probably true for everyone, except weirdos I guess.

At least there’s coffee to perk us up! The discovery of the effects of coffee was revolutionary, and it’s popularity certainly hasn’t gone out of style. Americans, with our fast paced lifestyle, seem to be ever dependent on coffee. In other words, we’re all a bunch of friggin’ addicts.

You’ll see t-shirts and mugs with phrases like “life begins after coffee” or “okay, but first coffee.” In her hit song “9 to 5” Dolly Parton even refers to coffee as a “cup of ambition.”

I used to feel the same way. I would drink up to four cups of coffee a day, sometimes more. Just about every day I would buy a latte, and those aren’t cheap. The average price is $3.44. So each week I spent about 24 dollars on my mandatory morning beverage. It pains me to think about all the money I’ve wasted. That’s 96 dollars a month! Multiply that by 12 and it’s a whopping 1,152 dollars! That’s how much I used to spend every year (sorry bank account)! Before I explain how I kicked my cravings, I shall first summarize how they came to be.

I wasn’t always a coffee drinker. I knew nothing of Starbucks, and it wasn’t until 10th grade that I first partook of it. It was autumn and a friend of mine was raving about “p-spice” lattes. When I took my first sip my eyes widened in delight. It was like receiving a warm, sweet and spicy hug. Just like that I was hooked. I was merely a sad teenager who abhorred high school and needed something in the morning that gave me the will to live (not literally, please do not be concerned.)

For a while my mom would drive me to school every day and we’d stop at Starbucks. I didn’t have the money to pay for it back then so it was on my mom (sorry mom…) Eventually I was buying them with my own hard-earned money. I didn’t care for the prices, but they didn’t scare me away. I also discovered they were cheaper at Wawa or Dunkin Donuts, and almost as good.

Eventually I realized I could save a lot of money if I just made them myself. I acquired an espresso machine and a milk frother and became my own personal barista. This did not help my addiction.

I made lattes everyday but I found they weren’t as good as the ones from Dunkin, Starbucks, or Wawa, so I still indulged occasionally.

I couldn’t go a day without my cup of joe. It wasn’t just lattes, I would drink coffee anytime it was available, and I was always good at locating free coffee.  Eventually I felt that the amount I consumed might be unhealthy.  So every once in a while I would just stop drinking coffee altogether. It would never last though.

I poked fun at myself but deep down I felt like I had a problem.  I began to have intense chest pains consistently, that seemed to occur after consuming coffee. I attributed this to the acidity of coffee. That’s when I decided I would no longer drink coffee. Unfortunately I traded one addiction for another.

It wasn’t hard to quit drinking coffee cold turkey. I had no withdrawal symptoms. As long as I had some kind of beverage in the morning I was fine. What I chose to drink after giving up coffee was V8 sparkling energy drinks. They had fruit juice and green tea in them so it felt healthier, it even seemed to rev me up more.

Once I began drinking them, coffee had lost its appeal. I would sip someones coffee but it just didn’t taste the same. I was over it. I had a new drink. I started buying the V8 drink everyday at wawa. Two for four dollars seemed like a good deal, but then I realized they were sold at the grocery store. I started buying them in four packs, but they didn’t last me very long. I soon became uneasy about how many of them I was buying. Some days I drank four of them, and soon I became sick of them.

That’s when I decided to eliminate the drink from my life. Currently what I drink to wake myself up is tea. I save so much money now. It also just feels good to take control of what I ingest, and what I spend. Although I must admit, now that fall has come around again I can’t help being enticed into buying a pumpkin spice latte every now and then. Call me basic, but I don’t care!