It’s a new day. All sorts of opportunities and challenges ahead. Are you a person who leaps into the day or drags yourself there?
How you start your day is key to how it progresses. For many, it’s a moment of dread when the alarm goes off. With just a few simple actions you can start your new day in a positive way and set yourself up favourably to deal with the day ahead.
Whether you’re someone who leaps out of bed and gets on with the morning routine or you put the alarm onto snooze then dive back under the covers dreading getting out of bed any earlier than you have to, the actions that you take physically and mentally before your go to bed and when you wake will influence the success of your day.
Not at all.
With just 3 simple steps you can set yourself up for an awesome day ahead and it all begins with the night before;
1. Drink Water
It’s so simple that most people fail to consider this yet it will make a huge difference to the quality of your sleep and awake time.
Finish your day drinking water.
When your body is hydrated it allows your body’s systems to process efficiently during the night as you sleep. During the day we tend to consume liquids that are dehydrating so if you’ve not been drinking sufficient water during the day you will be going to bed dehydrated which will impact on the quality of your sleep making you likely to wake up tired and feeling grumpy.
A good habit to get into is for every non water drink you have during the day, have the same size drink of water before or after your non water drink. Try a glass of water before your head out to buy a coffee for your morning break; a glass of water before you eat (if you’re feeling hungry it’s a good chance that you are also dehydrated); a glass of water before that end of the day glass of wine with another afterwards.
Start your day drinking water
As you have been sleeping, your body systems have been working hard to process everything you have ingested throughout the day. When you are well hydrated this will assist to flush out the toxins and residues that have accumulated during this process and allow your body to more effectively repair and heal itself.
Before reaching for a coffee try starting your day with a glass of warm/hot lemon water: it will wake up your liver and help to alkalise your body. I have a glass of water at home and another at my desk to remind myself to drink throughout the day.
If you hold off drinking water until you feel thirsty, your body is already lacking water and if you find you regularly get headaches during the day, it’s a good chance you’re dehydrated so try drinking more water before you start taking headache medication.
If plain water is not that palatable for you, add lemon or lime rind or slices of cucumber. Alternately, have a green vegetable juice for additional liquid. When you make drinking water a regular part of your day, not only will you sleep better in the evening, your insides and your skin will love you for it.
2. Sleep More
The importance of 8 hours sleep is only really starting to be understood.
Not only is it the number of hours you sleep but also the timing due to our body’s natural circadian rhythms. Aim to be in bed by 10pm so that you can benefit from the initial 2 hours before midnight that is now considered to be vital to the quality of our sleep. If you go to bed at 10am, 8 hours sleep will have you rested and ready to wake at 6am. Go to bed at 9am to rise at 5am or 11m to rise at 7am.
Now I know for many including myself, the ideal 8 hours just isn’t always possible (to make my daily, farm to city commute possible, I need to get up at 5am) so I aim for a 10pm bedtime giving me 7 hours sleep on weeknights. There are days when I only manage 6 hours and I can feel the difference in how I function so as much as I can, I try to make 7 hrs on weeknights then catch up on an extra couple of hours on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Sleep quality is also key so ensure you turn off all technology at least 30 mins before you go to bed so that you are not exposed to the sleep interrupting blue light that they emit.
Simple routines as a warm shower and a cup of camomile tea can also assist you in gently sending you off to the land of nod.
3. Be Thankful
Whilst hydration and sleep are physical steps to starting your day in a positive way, gratitude is a mindset that will do much to influence your day.
When you do get into bed in the evening, think about all the good things in your day and even if they are few and small, be thankful that they are part of your day. I thank the Universe for the loving family and friends in my life, the health that I have, the experiences and interactions I have had.
If you go to sleep thinking of the positive aspects of your life rather than the negative, it’s highly likely that you will wake feeling positive.
On waking, take a few moments to stretch before getting out of bed and be thankful for the new day and all that lies ahead. When you see yourself having a successful day, and the odds are that you will. Should it not, you’ll at least be in a more positive mental and emotional state to deal with the challenges.
Until next time, wishing you a day of love, laughter and happiness.