Starting the day a little earlier in the morning is worth it. 10 reasons that will convince even the incorrigible morning grouch.
People who are in a good mood early in the morning (i.e. before 9 o'clock) and - even worse - look like they have just hatched are very suspicious. Some people jog eleven kilometers through the woods before they appear in the office, beaming. How is that even possible, so purely technical?
On the other hand, we would like to immediately throw streamers at guys who barricade themselves behind newspapers at the breakfast table and restrict communication to the bare minimum: nod their heads every now and then and make simple grunts. People who belong to the “Please don't speak to me before your first coffee” group are generally sympathetic.
But oh, if we're being honest: it might be worth getting up a little earlier in the morning than usual. Because we gain valuable time - for ourselves. And secretly we also envy the early risers a bit, because they simply have a lot less hectic in the morning ...
But please don't overdo it, that's why we only take small steps: From now on we get up 15 minutes earlier than usual to look around a bit to take care of ourselves and finally to start the day comfortably. Ten good things that we do with the time we have saved
1. Slow down the hustle and bustle
We all always have too little time. Stress, stress, stress. So that the day doesn't start in a bad mood, it actually helps to set your alarm clock (or mobile phone) 15 minutes earlier than normal. Small trick, big effect. Nobody needs morning panic attacks. Turn around again? Yes, there is still time for that.
2. Breathe consciously
Best of all in bed: if you take a minute to concentrate on your breathing, you are doing really well. With such a mini-meditation we become aware of our body. The "What do I have to do today?" Spiral is on pause during this time.
3. Let in light
The first path should lead to the window. Open the curtain and let the light in! Or (if available) go to the balcony or terrace. Light works against the so-called sleep hormone melatonin. Also good: leave the curtains ajar and let the morning sun wake you up. Or get one of these modern light alarm clocks that simulate the sunrise (from 39 euros).
4. Stretching and stretching
Dog and cat owners have a clear advantage: The animal roommates show us how to stretch, stretch and stretch in all possible directions with pleasure. Looks cute and works for us too. The body is better supplied with oxygen through the movement: The spirits are now also awake. Here are some good stretching exercises
5. Showers with a kick
Getting used to, but effective: alternating showers. The back and forth between warm and cold stimulates our blood circulation. In addition: Nothing beats the heroic feeling of having faced a real challenge early in the morning.
6. Shake it, baby!
An alternative to the beloved coffee: Shakes have plenty of vitamin power and are good companions to start the day. For example the pear and currant shake or a blueberry buttermilk drink.
7. Have breakfast at home
The baguette from the bakery at the subway stop that we quickly eat on the way - stop! It is much more relaxed to have breakfast at home. Whether sweet or low in carbohydrates , the main thing: in peace. .
8. Open your ears!
Instead of being annoyed by chatty radio presenters: Better to choose your own program, in other words: Listen to good music in the morning. We have a few suggestions for you.
9. Well planned is half done
Not just a good idea for people who tend to get bogged down: Make a daily plan in which the daily goals are written down as well as the nice things with which we reward ourselves for a long day. Pro tip: less is more!
10. Time for the essentials
If your job, daycare center or friends are not miles away: how about walking there? Yes, it takes longer - but there is hardly a better way to slow down a bit and take in the surroundings.