Sleep is such a wonderful thing, and one of the many things that is taken for granted. It comes as no surprise that the less sleep one gets, the more tired, and cranky one becomes once the alarm goes off in the morning. The obvious solution would be to get more shut eye, but if that's not a tangible option, consider these other ways to get up and moving in the early hours of the morning.
Prepare the Night Before
Plan outfits, pack lunch, pack workout clothes, and fill water bottles up before hitting the sack. Go as far as filling the tea pot with water the night before and leaving out the canisters of Vital Proteins® Matcha Collagen and Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer® out on the counter for your morning matcha latte.
Saving these extra 5-10 minutes in the morning allows for extra time to take a longer shower, do some morning stretches, or hit the snooze button one more time!
Move Your Body
Before those toes hit the floor, take a few moments to check in with what your body is feeling. Take a few deep breaths with loud exhales, do a full body scan, or sit up and do a few stretches on the side of the bed. Some people find that meditation first thing in the morning can be energizing, so feel free to explore this option as well. If these options sound too relaxing, standing to perform a handful of squats or lunges can help boost blood flow as well as energy levels.
Dance It Out
Dancing with purpose may sound like the last thing one wants to do first thing in the morning, but there is some evidence out there that shows upbeat music can have a positive impact on your mood and energy in the a.m. Too lazy to turn on your music in the morning instead of hitting that snooze button? Have “Alexa” set it up for you or adjust your clock radio the night before, so you can wake up to music.
Set Small Daily Goals
Even the simplest goals like remembering to drink enough water, setting a daily intention, or listening to a podcast on the drive home can make you happier. Think about what smaller goals can be achieved each day on the drive to work or during a lunch break. Goals don't always have to seem so lofty, and when setting smaller goals, they're achievable, which makes people feel good and creates more positive energy overall.