A positive outlook starts as soon as you wake up! It's not always easy to find the motivation to get out of bed. Here are a few tips to get your morning off to a good start... Sometimes all it takes is a few simple gestures and positive rituals to get the day off to an optimistic start.
Waking up to music
Between 5 and 8 a.m., our stress hormone, also known as the adrenal cortisol gland, kicks in. But waking up too aggressively, for example with a stressful alarm, can generate a sudden spike in cortisol, making it far too stressful to "jump out of bed"! It's better to set an alarm if you need it, with a more melodious sound, so you'll be less stressed when you wake up.
A little morning stretching
We're not talking about a huge effort... But you have to take it easy, because just like a car needs petrol to start, sometimes in winter it takes a little time to get going...
But just a few stretches to start with will do you a world of good. Personally, I take my yoga mat and do a few exercises and stretches to wake me up. Afterwards, I feel better in my body and start to get "Peps" for the day.
But you can also just do a few stretches as soon as you get out of bed, and you'll see how beneficial it is:
Turn your ankles 10 times in one direction, then the other. Slow, gentle circles, no sudden movements.
Bend slightly, legs together, hands on knees, and turn 10 times in each direction.
Put your hands on your hips and make little circles like a "hula-pop".
Put your hands on your shoulders, elbows bent, and make a few small circles in both directions.
Keep your eyes open and slowly turn your head in circles.
Then stretch your back by raising your arms to the sky and releasing them downwards.
A gentle muscular awakening!
Take time to plan your day
Just take 5 minutes for yourself and write down your goals, your intentions for the day, and organize your tasks so you can see things more clearly.