Not all of us are morning people, right? I mean, I know that I’m not, for sure! And I cannot, for the love of God, ever understand how some people can be so bright and chirpy right from the moment they open their eyes. I mean, are they made of a different mold? Is their DNA altered? Are they even human?
But whether we like it or not, we all have to wake up on time every day, day after day, if we don’t want our lives to end up in chaos! So, what do sleepy-heads like us do? Is there a magical land where we can all migrate to that doesn’t need us to wake up at unearthly hours? We all know the answer to that question, don’t we? There isn’t. And no matter what we do, we have to ultimately make peace with the fact that waking up in the morning is not a choice – it is a compulsion. And we will have to do it, no matter what.
But does that mean that we are cursed to a lifetime of drowsiness and sleepy yawns? Well, definitely not! Which is why we are writing this article for you. There are actually ways of forcing your body to get up and be fresh. Yes, it does sound like a punishment, but it isn’t actually. And once you start doing these things on a regular basis, you’ll probably even enjoy waking up in the mornings! (I know you don’t believe that!)
So, read on to discover just how you can wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every morning:
1. Bed Stretches
What? Drinking coffee isn’t the first thing on the list? Surprise, surprise! No, it isn’t. Caffeine isn’t the healthiest thing around and it is best to try and not get addicted to it. So, what we suggest is that you try and stretch on your bed as soon as you wake up. And we do not mean those lazy stretches. We mean put-in-some-effort stretches, which will wake your body up, like yoga stretches. In fact, if you do a google search, a bunch of yoga poses that you can do on the bed will pop up. This will not only wake you up, but it’ll also encourage you to continue doing this on the mat once you are out of bed!
2. Splash Water On Your Face
This is a no-brainer, really. The best way to ensure that you are wide awake on a sleepy morning is by splashing water on your face. Nice, cold, fresh water. And here’s the best part: It doesn’t just wake you up, but also takes away any puffiness and swelling from your face from the night before! Now, isn’t this incentive enough to just go cray, cray with that water splashing already?
3. Make Plans For The Morning
There is no better motivation to wake up in the morning than having a nice fulfilling plan for the morning. A very good way to make sure you wake up is to plan breakfast dates or a morning walk date with your best friend or the cute guy next door. Or just volunteer to walk your neighbor’s pooches. Not only will you be up and happy, you’ll also be burning those extra calories (while also reveling in the unconditional love of those awesome furry creatures).
4. Wake Up With Your Favorite Song
While your neighbors may not be too keen on this, we still recommend that you do it anyway! Because listening to your favorite music actually does make a lot of difference to your mood for the day. I mean, it’s science – listening to music releases dopamine in your blood and dopamine equals happy in your head (1), (2). So, turn up the volume early morning and wake up to your favorite music to have a happy and fruitful day. Hopefully, your neighbors will come around and start making song requests!
5. Make Waking Up Actually Worth It
Think of all the positive things that can happen when you wake up a couple of hours earlier in the morning. For starters, you’ll make your mother really happy. And apart from that, there are so many ways in which waking up early can actually make a difference not just to you but also to the world around you. You could start volunteering at an old age home and actually make the seniors over there happy with your visits. Or you could volunteer at a morning school. The possibilities are endless! So, buck up and wake up. You never know how much you can achieve just by waking up a few minutes earlier.
Know anyone who needs to read this, so that they can wake up earlier than usual? Share this with them! And if you try any of this, do come back and tell us in the comments what your experience was like.