It's hard to believe that it's almost Winter. It seems like only yesterday that we were embracing the smoothie season of Summer and bringing in the New Year. Now we can definitely expect the mercury to drop in our thermometers. What does that mean for us? It’s almost the start of what I like to call bed season. And what do I mean by bed season? As it gets colder, our beds are going to look more and more comfortable each day, making it harder for us to get up out of bed and harder for us to keep our healthy morning routine. In fact, the colder weather can also make us feel more sluggish in the morning.
Therefore, in this blog post i'll explain a few ways that you can beat bed season and keep your healthy morning routines intact.
Planning is essential
Don't have a morning routine written down or typed up? Now is the time to have one! By planning our mornings according to our jobs, workout routines, family and lifestyle throughout the week, we can be better prepared for bed season. Having a mapped out idea of what needs to be achieved in the morning you save time pondering what needs to be done and when. This is a great way to ensure that you aren't skipping breakfast or replacing it with a hit of coffee in the morning
The before-bed routine!
What you do before you go to bed is just as important as what you do when you wake up in the morning. It’s best to avoid alcoholic beverages, spicy foods, high fat foods, caffeine, and sugar before you head to bed. These types of foods can cause you to feel unpleasant, causing you to wake-up throughout the night, or wake-up earlier than intended.
Make sure you get fluids into your body!
When your body wakes up, your organ systems such as your liver and kidney function, digestion and metabolism are not at the same operating value as they are half way through the day. This means that to get their operating values rising, it is essential that you drink water the moment you're awake. By doing this, you are essentially, "waking" the bodies organs, which in turn, will make it much easier for you to get out of bed and moving in the mornings. Quick tip: Once up, drink lemon juice in a glass of warm water to quicken this process (it's also super healthy for your body!)
Stretching is something that you definitely want to do during bed season. As I mentioned earlier, the colder weather can definitely make us more sluggish in the mornings. Therefore, by stretching when we wake up not only do we improve our posture and relieve aches and pains, we actually increase our blood flow and produce a greater amount of energy throughout our body. By doing this we better prevent feeling lethargic and feeling tired.
Avoid sleeping with your phone right next to you!
I know this is a habit that most of us fall into. We like the idea of waking up and checking our social media, our work emails and worldwide news. But with this habit, we often find ourselves distracted and stuck in bed unnecessarily. Even though this may only be for 5 - 10 minutes after waking, we neglect important things like drinking fluids and stretching our bodies out.
Quick tip: If your phone is also used as your alarm in the morning, it's even better to keep it away from arms reach - that way you have to at least get out of bed to reach it! (Just make sure it’s far enough away from your bed as well!).
Hopefully this blog post will help you to better keep your morning routines and help you to get out of bed on time during colder weather! Remember our Organic Golden Turmeric Lattes and Hot Chocolates can also keep you warm this coming Winter! Find our blends right here!