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Julie Montagu's Tips For Waking Up Happy

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The way you start the morning can set the tone for the rest of your day, so if you’re constantly rushing around or waking up with negativity, it’s likely your day will follow suit. To increase happiness and take the stress out of your mornings, there are a few simple things you can incorporate into your routine. SL spoke to wellness guru Julie Montagu, The Flexi Foodie and star of Ladies of London, for her top tips to ensure you’re starting your day right…

Stretch

Stretching your entire body as soon as you wake up is a great way to get the blood flowing and to release some endorphins to help start your day with a smile. The increased blood flow to your muscles will also mean that you have more energy to get up and get going!

Plan Your Morning

If you know you have a big morning ahead take some time to prepare the night before. Pack your bag, choose your outfit and organise any other essentials – you’ll thank yourself when you wake up ready for the day rather than stressed about what you have to do. You may even find that not worrying about having a busy morning can help you to sleep better, helping ensure you wake up happy and refreshed. 

Prepare Breakfast

Delicious, packed with nutrients and a clever way to save time in the AM, prepare overnight oats the night before or pack your Nutribullet full of goodness before you go to bed and then all you have to do is blend it come morning. 

Don't Snooze

You might think you’re doing yourself a favour when you snooze your alarm and cosy up beneath the duvet, but all this does is confuse your body. When your alarm goes off you naturally start to wake up, but when you drift off again this effort and energy is wasted. The more times you wake and snooze, the more confused your body will get, resulting in a bad mood and low energy when you do finally drag yourself out of bed. 

Avoid Social Media

Most of us are probably guilty of checking social media first thing in the morning, but as tempting as this can be, it’s worth breaking the habit. Scrolling through your news feeds before you try to sleep can stimulate your brain with a range of emotions, which isn’t conducive to falling into a deep sleep. Similarly, if you check your accounts as soon as you wake up, you’re likely to feel overwhelmed by information and stressed even before getting out of bed. Turn your phone off overnight and leave it outside the bedroom.

On a Similar Note

Make A Playlist

It’s cliché because it works – waking up to some of your favourite music is a sure-fire way to get in a good mood. Create a morning playlist to listen to as you get ready for work or invest in an alarm clock that wakes you up with music – you can change your phone alarm to any songs you have on your mobile, too.

Get Organised

They say a tidy house is a tidy mind. Spending ten minutes organising your bedroom before you get into bed can help to create a sense of calm. This might be some light cleaning, moving unnecessary items to another room or folding clothes. Completing these small tasks before bedtime can help soothe you into a peaceful sleep, and you can then wake fully rested with a clear mind.  

Don’t Close The Curtains

Waking up with the sun on your face is the best way to start the day and can help motivate you to get out of bed. Keeping your curtains at least partially open in your bedroom will allow some sunlight to sneak in and help you to wake up happy and might aid in avoiding the snooze button.

Indulge

Waking up can seem like more of a chore if you start the day denying yourself the things you enjoy. Indulgence has its limits, but if you need that second cup of coffee or sweet treat first thing, allow yourself to have it. Moderation is always key, and if you do make not-so-healthy choices in the morning then just make up for it later in the day.

Choose A Positive Affirmation

Having a different positive affirmation for each day of the week is a great way to start each morning with a burst of inspiration. Every Sunday set aside some time to select seven positive affirmations for the week ahead and write them down on a piece of paper to keep near your bed. Repeat your daily positive affirmation to yourself several times out loud to boost happiness. ​

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