Who doesn’t want to wake up happier every day?
Rather than putting all your effort into pulling yourself out of bed in the morning after hitting “snooze” four or five times, you’d spring out of bed, ready to tackle the day.
It sounds too good to be true, I know.
It turns out though, there are some tried and true ways to start waking up happy each morning:
Leave your phone alone
As tempting as it may be, reaching for your phone as soon as you wake up can derail your whole day.
Checking social media and email can both be massive time sucks, leaving you with less time for your morning routine and rushing to catch the bus.
If you do find yourself with extra time in the a.m., opt for something that can help keep you grounded, like light exercise, journaling, or meditation.
Keep Flowers By Your Bed
According to a study conducted by Harvard Medical School researcher psychologist Dr. Nancy Etcoff, having fresh flowers in your home can help boost your mood and make you feel happier.
Ectoff said that past research has also shown that receiving flowers as a gift can give people a boost of happiness as well. Pick up a bunch the next time you’re at the grocery store or farmers market for a pick-me-up.
Use Cold Water
There’s a reason that cold water has such a great reputation for boosting focus and combating lethargy!
Whether you splash your face with cold water shortly after waking, take a cold shower or down an iced water, you’ll feel more wakeful and mentally alert afterward.
In fact, regardless of whether you want to put cold water on your body, make sure you have at least some to drink. Most of us are at least mildly dehydrated when we first wake, which can cause sluggish cognition and slow the metabolism.
Have Sex In The Morning
Unsurprisingly, getting intimate with your partner in the morning can also make waking up a little bit happier.
In an interview with Women’s Health, Debby Herbenick, Ph.D. and the author of Because It Feels Good said that having sex in the morning boosts levels of oxytocin in the body, making sure both of you feel happier all day long.
Focus on breathing
Throughout the day, the more stress and to-do’s get put on our plates, the more anxiety heighten. We may not even realize that our breathing changes and becomes more shallow as we get stressed out.
A really quick and simple tip is take a moment and notice your breathing. Is it shallow? Take some deeper breaths and let them out very slowly.
Do this a couple of times and enjoy an increased feel of relaxation within minutes.
Improve Your Sleep
If you’re not waking up with positive energy, it could be that you’re sleeping too little… Or even too much.
Sleep experts typically suggest we aim for 7-9 hours of sleep. Individuals vary when it comes to precisely how much makes them feel best.
One smart thing you can do is add-on 15 more minutes each day, doing this until you reach an amount of sleep that allows you to feel good when you get up.
On a related note, take a critical look at your sleeping environments! Quiet, cool and dark rooms promote the most effective rest.
Establish a meditation practice
Making meditation a non-negotiable in your routine can be a real life-changer! Not only will you feel more peaceful and centered, you will feel more in tune with your body and your surroundings.
Don’t worry if you aren’t a seasoned meditator yet. Meditation isn’t just sitting cross-legged humming “Ommmm” – you can do so much more, including dance meditation, mindfulness techniques, hypnosis, and more.
Wake up to clean room
The messier your room is, the messier your mind will feel. I always tell my clients that in order to get your mind organized, you have to get your space organized first.
Clean up your room and you’ll notice how much the energy in the room becomes more peaceful and welcoming.
Stretch every extremity for 15 seconds.
Try this even before you open your eyes. Lift your arm and begin by stretching each finger, then your hand, then your wrist, then your arm. Then move on to the other arm. Then your toes, feet, ankles, and legs.
Finally, end with a neck and back stretch that propels you out of the bed. You’ve just limbered up your muscles and joints and enhanced the flow of blood through your body, providing an extra shot of oxygen to all your tissues.