Those Dark Cold Mornings

We have reached that time of the year where each morning is dark and dull and when we hear our alarm clocks ringing we just want to hit the snooze button and bury our heads back under our duvets! So how can we make facing these dark mornings that little bit more bearable?

There is nothing worse than your alarm clock waking you up when it is still pitch black outside; your brain instantly thinks ‘it is way too early for this’, even though this is the time that you get up every morning. I hate getting out of bed when it is still dark, but at the same time, I do not like sleeping the day away. At the moment I do not have to be up in the early mornings for work, but I have seen how difficult it is for my partner to get out of bed at 6am every morning! Usually, he would be up and straight in the shower, but now that the dark mornings have set in, the snooze button is being pressed at least 3 times a day!

I can imagine that thousands of people have this problem each and every morning, so I thought I would share some tips and tricks tor tackling the dark mornings ahead of us!

  • The quicker you get the lights on the quicker your body will realise it is time to wake up and get up! Having a bright bedside light can be helpful as you can lean over and switch it on with ease, and your body can start waking up for the day ahead. My partner recently purchased an alarm clock which not only has the option to wake you up with sound, but also with light! It is a great little thing and I am seriously in need of one for myself! You can set it up so that the light comes on half an hour before your chosen wake-up time and gradually gets brighter for 30 minutes, before eventually making sound! You can also choose to be woken up with the radio and various different sounds. I absolutely love this and 9 out of 10 times the light alone is enough to wake me up! You can find this great invention here!
  • Water… I am sure by now everyone is aware of the endless amount of perks that water has! Well here is another one (or two)… I know getting a cold shower on a cold dark morning is the last thing that anyone would want to do, so instead, try splashing your face with cold water when you get out of bed or running your wrists under a cold running tap. This gives your body a temperature shock which encourages you to feel more awake and alert. You can also drink a glass of water in the morning to refresh your system and help to boost your metabolism.
  • As tempting as it may be, do not sleep in on the weekends! It will make those pesky Monday mornings a lot easier to handle and you will find yourself feeling much more refreshed on a daily basis. Try to go to sleep at the same time every night throughout the week, waking up at the same time every morning, this will ensure that your body clock is in good shape and you will soon find waking up and getting out of bed much easier!
  • Eating a breakfast that is high in protein! Now… you may be thinking ‘I don’t have time for that!’… but the truth is, protein comes in all shapes and sizes! You do not have to be cooking a full English breakfast at 5 am, you can simply make egg on toast or a nice bowl of porridge, or oats with greek yoghurt and fruit! A healthy breakfast will perk you up and give you the energy that you need to get you through the morning.
  • Apples are also great to eat in the morning, they are high in natural sugars and unlike drinking coffee, they do not give you that tired low feeling after a couple of hours! Apples slowly release energy throughout the day helping to keep you feeling awake!
  • Having a dressing gown and slippers handy to put on when you get out of bed to shelter you from the cold can really help you to make that first move! I often press snooze and curl back up under my duvet to stay warm… but having a dressing gown at arm’s length can make getting up that little bit easier! Either that or getting dressed straight away, rather than lounging around in my PJ’s for as long as possible. Getting dressed as soon as you get up can instantly make you feel more productive and ready for the day ahead of you.
  • A lot of people (my partner included), often turn to a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning! Which is fine, it will give you that quick boost you are looking for as well as warming you up… but remember what I mentioned earlier about that low tired feeling that takes over after a short while and try not to rely on a cup of coffee alone to wake you up and get you going.
  • Planning clothes and preparing lunch the night before can also make the mornings a lot easier to handle. I hate searching for clothes to wear in the morning and making a packed lunch (I always forget something!), so having it all ready the night before takes a huge amount of stress away when that alarm rings in the morning.

I hope these tips and tricks help you to get out of bed on these cold dark Autumn mornings! I know that some of them have certainly helped me. I would love to know what tips and tricks that you have for facing the early mornings, so please do not hesitate to share them below in the comments (don’t forget to tick the box to notified of further comments and replies!)

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