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!!!

Sunday Morning Thoughts

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I lay in bed this morning, cold creeping into my soul, thinking myriad thoughts. I ran through my list of worries regarding my dad, who is currently in the hospital (see Forgotten Days.) I thought also of how this was just the icing on the cake of these sorrowful last few months.

It’s been barely a month since my grandmom passed away, leaving me with neither of my grandparents from my moms side. That was a devastating, though expected, loss. She’d been struggling for so long, fighting hard and defying death on numerous occasions. 

It was challenging trying to deal with my grief while also being supervisor at my job. I tried to stay strong, but inside I felt numb. I had already told them of my plans to leave in December, to embark on an adventure in Grenada, where I’ll stay for a few months. They found someone to take over relatively quickly. I had spent about three days training her on the general process of the clothing department (I work at a thrift store), and on the more specific duties of being in charge. They decided she was ready and told me she would begin on Monday (which was three days away). This was infuriating because when they asked how I felt about it before deciding, I had told them she wasn’t ready and I still had a lot to show her. She even agreed she was not ready. They didn’t listen and decided to throw everything into chaos. The first few days were a little strange, and stressful for the girl who took over. I still had to work with her a lot to get her up to speed.

I was dealing with the change in my family, and the changes at work, and I began to have some issues with my health. I knew I had a family history of heart problems so when I was having chest pains, and these pains that felt like I was having a heart attack, I was rightly concerned. It became difficult to do my job because I was frequently in pain, light headed, and short of breath. I had pain after eating, no matter what it was. I finally made a doctors appointment. I had to leave work early one day because I felt so lousy, and it was scary, so I changed my appointment. I moved it to be two days from then, rather than having it be another six days away. I knew I’d have to go in to work a few hours late, but I figured my boss would be okay, as she is very caring and was worried about me. When I asked if it was okay, she said it was. But she told the store owner, who was not okay with it. I know it was short notice but it felt important to me to get checked out as soon as possible. I was given a verbal warning for not giving a two week notice. This was upsetting to me. I felt like it wasn’t fair, especially since I asked my supervisor and she gave me the all clear. It hurt to think that I was penalized for this, because I thought they would understand. I thought they cared about me well-being, but this made me feel otherwise. Two days passed with me giving the woman in charge the cold shoulder, and work being miserable. Finally she asked if I was mad at her and I told her how I felt. She apologized and said she didn’t know what had been going on with my health, and would have driven me to the doctor herself if she knew. I felt better after this, and two days of work passed without too much stress.

 Then last night happened, and it just seemed like life was so crazy right now. My head is no longer spinning at least. I feel well rested, and am appreciating that I was able to sleep in and relax this morning.

Following my dads bizarre episode, I have decided to take measures to protect the health of my brain and heart. I ate a healthy breakfast this morning. I had a granola bar, a whole grain English muffin, a pomegranate, and pumpkin oatmeal with chia seeds, cinnamon, walnuts, and hemp powder. 

Being in the kitchen, and not in my warm, cozy bed, made me realize how chilly it was. This got me thinking about autumn. It’s a lovely season, until the temperature gets too low. For me, it already is too low. It’s only going to get worse though. Winter is my least favorite season and I very much do not look forward to it. At least I’ll be moving to Grenada in January. That’ll be a whole adventure, with many blog posts about it to come.

For now I’ll try and enjoy the cooler days, remembering how oppressively hot it was just last month. I’ve done a lot of reading on improving mental health lately and they all agree that gratitude is key. So here is a list of all that I am grateful for:

  1. The love of my family
  2. My house
  3. My comfy bed
  4. Our pets
  5. Getting an education
  6. Food in the kitchen
  7. Having a decent job
  8. Having an abundance of friends who care 
  9. Socks
  10. My health could definitely be worse
  11. I live in an area surrounded by nature
  12. My artistic and musical abilities
  13. Having a car
  14. Not working on Sunday mornings