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BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

Your alarm goes off

Smash the snooze button

5 mins go by

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

Snooze

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP

Forget to snooze but still fall asleep

WAKE UP IN BLIND PANIC REALISING YOU HAVE 13 MINUTES TO GET TO WORK

SHIT SHIT SHIIIIIIT

And now you feel like crap all morning.

I’ve done this, you’ve done this, Barrack Obama has probably done this, The Pope might have even done this, which is both reassuring and quite a funny thought thinking of him scrabbling round his room trying to find that crazy big hat.

Starting your day in this horrible way will cause you all sorts of problems through the day. You will generally feel more lethargic, less focussed, probably hungry if you had to save time by skipping breakfast and massively stressed because you’re now running late.

So here’s my guide to waking up.

Everyone should be able to follow this roughly

The main components of this wake up routine are all completed inside half an hour. We all have half an hour in the morning, if you don’t, you’re doing something wrong.

 

So here is what those 30 minutes should look like

 

 

Minutes 0 – 5

  • Actually get up. This is the hard part and can be done using any number of crafty techniques from putting your alarm/phone/whatever out of reach so you have to get up to stop it, to conditioning yourself by “Practice wake ups” where you wait for it to get dark, lay in bed in whatever you wear to bed, set your alarm for a few minutes ahead, lay down, relax then when that alarm sounds you jump straight up. In this way your body gets conditioned to act this way subconsciously when you hear your alarm sound. Sounds crazy, looks crazy, but works!
  • Go get some water. When you wake up you’re normally dehydrated. A big glass of water will help you clear your head and get everything working.
  • Put the kettle on. Fresh water, get a cup ready.

Minutes 5-10

  • Get your body and muscles firing. I tend to follow this routine although feel free to add in or switch things around depending on your preferences

 

–          10 really deep breaths

–          30 seconds neck stretches

–          15 seconds chest stretch

–          15 seconds upper back stretch

–          5 x feet apart forward bends

–          30 seconds Prone abdominal stretch

–          20 second Hamstring stretch right and left leg

–          20 second quad stretch right and left

–          15 squats

–          12 side lunges

–          12 front lunges with a hip push at bottom

–          15 clap press ups (regulars will do or even wall press ups)

–          30 seconds plank

 

Minutes 10 – 20

  • Using your now nicely boiled kettle make yourself a tea, coffee or whatever you have in the morning. I love green tea as not only is it pretty lush when made right, it’s also crazy good for you. Try it for a week and I promise you will feel better and look better!!
  • Enjoy your brew. Just take a minute to have some, we rarely get time to enjoy things these days so take your time and appreciate it rather than necking it in 2 gulps.
  • Breakfast!
  • I was going to write a big thing about why breakfast is important, but if you don’t know that breakfast is an important meal, you don’t deserve to be reading my posts.Hampshire Health

Minutes 20-30

  • Shower with purpose. Don’t daydream, sing/dance around, or whatever else people do in the shower that keeps them in there so long. Get in…get wet (steady!)….get clean…get out.
  • Get dressed. No more odd socks now your properly woken up.
  • Go over all your main goals for the day. Write them down if necessary. Just get yourself focussed for the day.
  • Own the day and dominate everyone that had a crap morning because now you’re a MORNING CHAMPION
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