Waking Up On The Right Side Of The Bed

Waking Up On The Right Side Of The Bed

Yong-Li Zhou

When you've had it rough the day before and you couldn't sleep properly, waking up on the right side of the bed the next day just doesn't feel possible. Research has shown that starting the day in a particular mood can affect how you feel for the rest of the day. If you start the day in a negative mood, chances are that you are going to find it difficult to see past the grey clouds, making work and interactions a challenge. However, starting the day positively can lighten up your day making things come easier than would have expected. Here are some tips for getting you up on the right side of the bed.

  1. Avoid hitting the snooze button - the first 32 seconds after you wake up are your most sensitive moments making them your most crucial. When you hit the snooze button, you are subconsciously telling yourself that you have not had enough sleep, that you are still tired and therefore, unprepared for the day ahead. The negative thoughts have already filled you.
  2. Drink a glass of water - drinking a glass of lukewarm water helps to rehydrate the body after a long night of sleeping where your body is undergoing processes of healing and repairing. Adding a slice of lemon or squeeze of juice will also help to kick start your digestive tracts.
  3. Stretch - start with your legs and slowly move up along the body. If you feel up to it, try a morning yoga sequence to completely wake up your body.
  4. Think positive - try thinking about three things you are thankful about or that you are excited for during the day. Doing this helps to get you into a positive mood.
  5. Smile - research suggests that the act of smiling is connected with your feelings of happiness so smile to yourself and make your own happiness.

Slowly try and incorporate the above tips for a better morning and better day. Tell us how you go or if you have any tips, share them with us in the comments below.

Be happy everyone!

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