10 ways to #motivate yourself to get out of bed in the morning!
Long time ago I confessed to a friend how I sometimes got into a mood immediately on waking up in the morning so that I didn't want to get out of bed. My friend who has a very perceptive mind asked me to review my life. She thought that perhaps the work I was doing was not making me happy which caused the moodiness in the mornings. After a period of deep introspection, I realized that what she was saying was indeed true and it was time in fact, I needed to make some real changes in my life. If you know what I am talking about, the following to-do list just might help you to kick start your day in the right direction.
1. Having a true purpose in life
One of the most essential conditions of happiness is to have a constructive, wholesome goal in life that becomes your driving force to bring out the best in you. Whether it's a relationship goal or something you want to achieve in your work, if you are truly passionate about it, you will look forward to waking up and starting your day early! If you haven't found your true purpose, keep on searching and in the meantime, don't let laziness drown your good intentions-if you are persistent and your goals are noble, what you want will come to you. This is what I have discovered.
2. Staying fit with an early morning exercise routine
For me, an early morning exercise routine has become fundamental to starting the day right. Find a sport that resonates with you and then do it! Swimming is addictive and so is yoga. If your own will is not strong enough to motivate you to get out of bed to exercise, join a yoga group or an aerobics class-the collective power of the group and the fixed timings of the class will make sure you are up and about in the morning! Also, you will be very pleased about how you start looking after a few weeks of exercise!
3. Switching off that damn smartphone at least an hour before going to bed!
It has been scientifically proven that one of the major factors of a disturbed sleep is being on your smartphone devices just before going to bed. The result is that you feel even more tired on waking up in the morning than you were before going to bed! If this was not enough you switch on that device again the first thing in the morning and start filling your mind with junk which you take with you for the rest of the day! I know what I am talking about because I struggle with this all the time and it sometimes ruins my day!
The other day, I saw an interview of Arianna Huffington, co-founder and CEO of the Huffington Post and one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world today, and I was totally sold out! She said that she escorts her smartphone devices out of her room half an hour before going to bed. Then she meditates before sleeping which brings me to my next point.
4. Meditating before falling asleep
This is one of the best ways to say goodbye to the world at the end of the day. Meditation helps you to connect with your higher self and brings peace to the mind after a day full of activities. It also gives you the right perspective in life and helps you ascertain if you are going in the right direction or not. Most of all, if you touch the peace of meditation just before going to sleep, you not only sleep well but may just get motivated to waking up early and beginning your day with a period of meditation in order to feel that peace again.
5. Coffee helps :)
We can't undermine the importance of coffee in helping us to get out of bed. In fact, it is even better to have a coffee station on your bedside table so that the moment you open your eyes in the morning, you can tempt yourself to wake up to a good cup of coffee!
6. Taking care of your health-vitamins and supplements
Sometimes a simple thing as Vitamin D deficiency can make you really lethargic in the mornings so that waking up is a huge effort. Also such deficiencies of important vitamins and minerals can cause depression and may be the real cause of early morning blues. So it is absolutely important to get your health checks done regularly. I know it because I've been there!
7. Getting over disharmonious relationships
Sometimes a bad marriage or a bad relationship can really demotivate you and make you feel depressed so that you don't want to get out of bed in the mornings. Such a condition needs to be clinically treated and you may want to reach out to your therapist for help.
8. Overcoming addiction
Addiction to alcohol and other drugs of a similar nature, can cause impairment to the mind and make you so lazy that all you want to do is sleep and dream. It also kills initiative in you.
9. Leading a balanced life
Leading a balanced life, prioritizing goals and not going off in one direction but giving attention to all the pieces that make your life beautiful and whole, will make you a happy and joyous person. Your mornings will also become beautiful.
10. Service to others
When you make service to others an important part of your daily life, you will start feeling the world as your larger family and you will wake up with a superior joy that comes from the soul.