How Can You Improve Your Morning Mood?

July 1, 2014 in in Lifestyle

Stretch

As soon as you wake up, stretch out your arms, legs, and neck to get the blood circulating through your body. It seems too simple to have much effect on your mood, but you’ll be surprised to find how much more alert and active you’ll feel before even getting out of bed.

 

Natural Light

Before you go to sleep at night, crack the curtains or blinds in your bedroom to let in sunlight in the morning. Any and all natural light that hits you in the morning can have a positive effect on your disposition.

This may not be very beneficial for you during the shortened days of winter or if you work a job where you’re required to wake hours before daybreak. However, if you have the opportunity to rise with the help of the morning light, do your best to make that happen.

 

Wake the Nerves

If you’re a person who has to take a shower to wake up in the morning, consider opting for a cold one.

As unappealing as this sounds, it will cut down on your time in the shower and will make you feel less rushed in the morning. Even more importantly, it’ll kickstart your nerves instantaneously. Even if you just turn off the hot water to let the cold water hit you for a few seconds at the end of your typical shower, you’ll notice a distinct change in your alertness.

Healthy Breakfast

Far too many of us are in the habit of running out the door in the morning with a sugar-filled, unhealthy snack in hand or, even worse, nothing at all. None of us want to admit the effect this has on our dispositions, and we shrug it off by saying we’re too busy in the morning to eat right.

Change that. Take 10 minutes every morning to have a healthy breakfast of grains (cereal or oatmeal), fruit, water, and juice or coffee to get you off on the right foot. Your body and mind will thank you.

Refreshing Aroma

If you have a decent coffee brewer that lets you set an automatic brewing timer, take advantage of it. Set the timer for five to ten minutes before you typically wake, and let the refreshing smell of coffee pull you from your slumber.

 

Minimize Decision-Making

Save time and reduce your morning grouchiness by minimizing the list of decisions you have to make when you wake up.

Pick out your clothes, pack your lunch and set out your breakfast before you go to bed at night. A little planning will go a long way in streamlining and de-stressing your morning routine. 

 

Take a Multivitamin

Boost your overall health by taking a multivitamin every morning with your breakfast. Few American adults are severely deficient in many vitamins or nutrients, but just about all of us can benefit from getting 100% of the vitamins and nutrients we happen to be lacking.

Don’t make it a chore. Just build it into your morning routine. Soon enough, you won’t even think twice about taking one.

 

Hydrate

That whole time you were sleeping, whether a dreadful three hours or a refreshing eight hours, you were fasting and your body was dehydrating. Water is the truest life-saver in our everyday lives, and it has just as great an effect on your disposition.

Drink a bottle or full glass of water within minutes of waking up, and you’ll notice a change in your mood for the better now that your body is hydrated.

 

Get Moving 

If you aren’t already, get in the habit of working some physical activity into your day before you get fully engrossed in whatever is on the agenda.

Whether you go for a jog, a walk, or just do some calisthenics by the bed, the exercise will pay off tenfold as your morning draws on.

 

Stimulate Mind and Body

To cap off a wonderful start to getting your mind right in the morning, be sure to get the stimulation you need to get ready for the day ahead. If you’re a coffee drinker, stimulate your mind and body with a piping hot cup of joe and let the caffeine give you a boost.

Sure, caffeine will get your brain buzzing, but your mind also needs to feel engaged in order for you to reach your ideal mood. Whether you read a few pages of a book, listen to tunes, or enjoy a healthy dose of lighthearted conversation, be involved and let your mind warm itself up rather than diving into your agenda from a cold start.

 

source: http://www.chacha.com

Written by Lauren Jacobsen,

Nutrition Director

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