Your Morning Routine
Implement a morning makeover so getting out of bed will be a little less rough.
Bring some joy to your a.m.
AWAKE TO SOOTHING SOUNDS
Does your alarm sound like an air-raid siren? No wonder you hate mornings. “That type of alarm will engage your fight-orflight adrenaline system,” says Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., an emergency department physician in Atlanta and author of Mom Hacks. Translation? Stress. Instead, replace that annoying alarm with something more pleasant like nature sounds or soothing music.
STRETCH IT OUT
Doing a stretch first thing can put your body—and mind—in a good place. Try a wide-kneed child’s pose, suggests Jessica Bellofatto, founder and director of JBYoga and SUP in the Hamptons, New York. Start by kneeling on the floor with your knees wide and big toes together. Slowly sit back onto your heels. As you walk your arms forward, lower your torso between your legs. Extend your arms as far as you comfortably can while keeping your hips back and down. Stay here as long as you’d like.
SET A MANTRA
Whether it’s a phrase of gratitude or something like “I’m excited for what the day will bring,” a mantra can help set a positive mood for your whole day. “Your brain is wired to notice the negative first—it’s an evolutionary holdover from when our ancestors had to wake up and watch out for bears and tigers,” says Long Gillespie. Write your mantra on a Post-it note and put it somewhere that you’ll see it first thing, like your bathroom mirror or phone-charging station.
Bright daylight resets your body clock and shuts down the release of melatonin. Bonus? “Not only does it make you more energized in the moment, you’ll also have an easier time falling asleep at night,” says Long Gillespie. While it’s best to step outside, opening the blinds works, too, especially when it’s cold out.
the problemYou dread getting out of bed every morning because of what lies ahead: finger pricks, medicine dosing, and other diabetes-care tasks.the remakeTry these relaxing habits to transform your mornings from stressful to soothing. Skip the annoying alarm and use an app to wake to soothing sounds or music.