Like starting, getting out of bed is always the hardest. Once you are up and awake and you are somehow getting the hang of things, you seem to flow through your day almost effortlessly. But it is waking up that is sometimes especially hard so here are some helpful motivation tips that can make the process of waking up easier and starting your day feel like less of a hassle.
1. Get enough sleep
This tip might be the most obvious tip of all but it wouldn’t be listed if it did not work. Getting enough sleep is crucial for you to have enough energy to tackle the day. Lack of sleep negatively influences your attention, your mood, and your immune system. So, get between those sheets and get your 8 hours in!
2. Sleep hygiene is important
Sure, the amount of sleep you get counts but the quality of it matters even more. In order to have the best quality sleep you can, creating a nice sleep routine can do wonders for you. The routine can include anything from showering to meditating or even reading. Just make sure it includes as little screen time as possible (preferably none). It has been shown over and over again that we get the best sleep when we sleep in a quiet and dark environment and the blue light that is emitted from our screens disrupts our sleep cycles.
3. Open the blinds
If waking up is tough for you, it might be because you are setting an alarm in a way to disrupts your deep sleep cycles. Waking up between deep sleep cycles is not only hard but also leaves you feeling like you are not well-rested. If it is possible for you, try setting up a rhythm that you will start to wake up at a needed time naturally. A thing that can help with that significantly is sunlight. Before you go to bed make sure the blinds in your bedroom are open and allow for the natural light to come in. This will make the process of getting out of bed much easier and more pleasant.
4. Make your bedroom feel nice
Speaking of pleasant, it is much easier to get out of bed when you awake into a clean neat space. Opening the blinds can do a lot, but it is just a cherry on top. If you feel like you need that extra kick, getting your bedroom to look and smell nice might be just the thing for you. Here are some tips to help you make your bedroom a nice space:
● Nice clean and colorful sheets
● Burning a candle, incense, or simply airing out every day
● Decorate it with plants, pictures, or books
● Remove any extra clutter you don’t use every day
5. Just waking up is not enough
Being awake at a certain time and getting out of bed are two different things. We all like a lazy lie-in morning, but losing up to half an hour or more every day with snoozing or scrolling on your phone before you get out of bed is time you will never get back. Time is too valuable of a lesson to be spent like that. Believe it or not, wasted time adds up fast, so in order to be the person, you wish to become, get out of bed.
6. Limit your snoozing
Speaking of waking up and sleeping in every morning, snoozing is one of the most disturbing factors. It never makes you feel well-rested, it just prolongs the time it takes you to get out of bed and consequently wastes time. When the alarm rings, wake up and get your day started. If you feel like you are still tired after you wake up, snoozing is not going to change anything. What you need to do is make sure that you get enough sleep.
If nothing else breaks your snooze marathon, maybe try putting your alarm clock out of your reach. This will force you to actually get up in order to turn it off.
7. Don’t think too much
Overthinking a simple task can make it seem more dreadful than it really is. Sure, waking up is hard, but if you keep thinking about it, especially in this negative way, you can make it harder than it needs to be. Empty jour mind and put one leg in front of the other. You will be out of bed before you know it.
8. Create morning routines
Morning routines are as important as going to bed routines, if not more. The difference between them is that a morning routine not only helps you get out of bed but can also motivate you to start your day right. You will especially benefit from a morning routine if waking up is not as problematic to you as actually getting out of bed. Having a routine will not only make the entire process easier but also motivate. Doing a thing you love every morning will fill you with positive energy and make you feel good so you can easily cruise through the rest of your day. Here are some ideas for a fun and relaxing morning routine:
Exercise, be it hard and sweaty or more relaxed and easier, whatever makes you feel like you can move mountains
● Reading a book, a newspaper, or something else that can motivate and inspire you
● A good cup of coffee and a nice breakfast
● Listening to music or meditating
● Start journaling
● Taking a shower
I know that by now you have heard close to everything about the benefits of exercise, but people wouldn’t be talking about it if it wasn’t true. Sure, being sore after the gym might make it harder to get out of bed the next day, but the feeling of accomplishment you will feel after finishing a workout is irreplaceable.
The great thing about exercise is that it can be done almost anywhere and anytime. Depending on your preference. If you have more time at night, do it at night, it will surely help you sleep better.
If you need that extra boost of energy in the morning, do it then. Whatever brings you that motivation and an extra kick of energy. And if you find exercise too hard for the mornings, the least you can do is a good stretch.
10. Engage your senses
Speaking of starting your morning right, sometimes all the things listed above simply just don’t cut it. In such cases tricking your brain and engaging your senses can be of tremendous benefit.
As mentioned before, open your blinds and make your bedroom look neat and comfortable. Nothing beats waking up into a well-lit and nicely cleaned room!
One of the great things about modern technology is that you are in charge of your alarm sounds. It does not have to be an unpleasant bell or a loud ringing anymore. You can set it to a meditation chant, your favorite song, or the sound of birds chirping. The possibilities are endless.
The skin is our biggest organ and you can engage it in many ways. From the clothes you wear or the cozy covers, you sleep between. Firstly, making sure your mattress is top quality will do wonders for the quality of your sleep and consequently your mood and motivation. Secondly, bed covers that feel soft, cozy, and luxurious have a bigger impact on your feelings than you’d think. And thirdly, having fun and beautifully printed pajamas never hurt anyone.
11. Plan your day so you get excited
We’ll be the first to admit that waking up every morning to get to work is not the most exciting reason to get out of bed. But it does not have to be this way! Make a plan for your day that revolves around other things than work, so you actually get excited about it. It can be as simple or as extravagant as you’d like. Sometimes all you need is a special type of coffee or tea or a decision to spend your lunch break with a friend. Other times, you can treat yourself to a massage or even a good glass of wine.
12. Schedule a recurring activity for yourself
If you are the type where spontaneous activity stresses you out or you would just prefer to stick to a schedule. Maybe your everyday life looks like chaos and some order would be beneficial – no problem.
Instead of looking forward to a random event, you have prepared for yourself, being excited for the familiar can be what can motivate you and help you get out of bed. Take matters into your worn hands and schedule what comfort you right into your week, so every morning when you wake up instead of dreading the chaos that awaits, you can feel grounded and at peace because of the comforting recurring activity you have planned.
13. Visualize successful moments and days
The moments you remember the most are successful ones. Maybe it was getting a good grade, a promotion or winning at a game with friends. No matter what your great moment was, you can always focus on it and try to channel the positive feelings from it. Focusing on the positives in general is a great tip not only for getting out of bed but also the way you lead your life. The extra push doesn’t always need to come from imagining the future but can be extracted from your past. If you have done it before, you will surely do it again.
14. Make yourself accountable for something
If you are parents or have a pet, you know that ability to get out of bed is not always about motivation, drive, or any other pleasant reason. It is just a necessity. Your baby is awake so you better wake up. Your dog needs to be let out of the house, if you don’t do it now, you will regret it later. Your cat needs to be fed, you better feed it before it takes revenge. Being accountable for something is actually a great way to motivate yourself to get out of bed and it doesn’t have to be as life-changing as a baby or a pet. Here are some things you can do:
Get plants and take well care of them. Granted plants are not as demanding as other life forms, but they need some care nonetheless.
● Get an accountability buddy. Make a deal to call a friend every morning for a quick chat to make sure you are both awake and ready to start the day.
● Make a promise to your neighbor or family member that you will stop by their house to have breakfast before work or simply to say hello.
● Make a deal with a friend that you will take care of their pet every once and a while.
● Set a deadline. Promise that you will send an e-mail or call someone early in the morning and you will soon see that there is no better driving fore than necessity.
15. Chunk large projects into smaller, more manageable units
Sometimes what is keeping you from getting out of bed is the feeling of anxiety and stress you feel when you think about the upcoming day. This can consequently feel trapped and scared before you even get out of bed and start your day. This procrastination then leads to more stress and more anxiety which makes you stuck in an ever-repeating loop. The only way you can break out of this loop is to get to work and do it. But since this is the hardest part of the task, make it easier for yourself by cutting larger projects down into smaller, manageable pieces. This way you can chip away at a task little by little, feel productive, less anxious, and in turn more motivated to show up for yourself further.
16. Set realistic and attainable goals
Another thing that might be keeping you back is the type of goals you have set for yourself. If they are unrealistic for you at the moment there is no shame in readjusting them. For example, if you decide that you want to start getting up at 5 am, you would usually get out of bed at 9 am. This is an unrealistic and drastic change. We are not saying that it is not possible, but it will take a lot of willpower and motivation to actually stick to it. Rather than shocking your mind and your body with major disruptions, set the alarm for 10 minutes earlier than usual and slowly work your way back to the desired time.
17. Incorporate relaxation and self-care into your day
Nothing makes your day better and more exciting than a little pampering. We live in a society where we face a lot of stress daily and it is on us to find space to relax. Make a list of things that help you unwind after a long day and practice them as often as needed. Use a face mask, take a bubble bath or watch a funny video online. Whatever it is that brings you some peace and calmness into your everyday life. This way you make the world slow down for a bit and all your tasks suddenly seem more manageable.
Getting out of bed is perhaps one of the hardest tasks you need to fulfill every day, simply because it is the basis of your day. Waking up on the wrong side of the bed can really throw off your entire plan and process and in turn, make you irritated and stressed. In order to bring some calmness and peace into your days, make sure this task can be as pleasant as you can make it. We are sure that in turn, you will find yourself more centered and motivated than ever.