1. Make your bed
Making your bed is an incredibly small, yet powerful daily task. This minor accomplishment is known as a “small win,” which propels you forward to accomplish more tasks throughout the day. If all else fails, you have a made bed to crawl into at the end of the day.
2. Brush your teeth before bed
First, it’s good hygiene. Secondly, by brushing your teeth before bed, you are establishing a bedtime habit that cues your body to prepare for sleep. Completing small tasks like this, at the same time every night, allows your body to get into a consistent sleeping pattern.
3. Absolutely no TV in bed
Few things are more detrimental to your mood and energy level than watching TV in bed prior to sleeping. Not only does it reduce the amount of sleep you get, it also negatively effects the quality of rest you receive.
4. Limit phone use in bed
Along the same lines as watching TV in bed, using your phone in bed also reduces the length and quality of your sleep. Before you get into bed, turn off the volume and flip your phone upside down, so you cannot see if you receive a notification.
5. Set a bedtime and follow it
Our bodies are creatures of habit. While it might be hard at first, if you can continually lay down at the same time every night, your body will become accustomed to your new – and hopefully earlier – bedtime, allowing you to fall asleep quicker.
- Figure out your wake up time, count backwards 7-9 hours. This is your new bedtime
6. Jump out of bed in the morning
Not literally. Tomorrow morning when your alarm goes off, instead of hitting snooze 3-4 times, throw your covers off and hop out of bed. This is a great way to “get going” in the morning and it also gives you a few extra minutes to get ready.
7. Drink a full glass of water as soon as you get up
This is another tip to get your body going in the morning. Drinking a full glass of water hydrates you, gets your metabolism going, and increases your alertness.
8. 10 minutes of visualization every day
When is the last time you sat in silence for 10 minutes, without checking your phone or watching TV? Taking 10 minutes to disconnect from the world allows you to think about the important things in life and let go of the things that don’t matter and that which you cannot change.
Here is a link to help you get started - LINK
9. Prepare your lunch and pick out your clothes the night before
Nothing is more stressful than starting your day by rushing around the house trying to find clothes and to put your lunch together for the day. Save yourself the headache and get your food and clothes ready the night before.
10. Take a cold shower in the morning
In the morning, shower as you normally would, but prior to getting out, turn the water to as cold as it goes. The longer you stay in this cold shower the better, but aim for 5-10 seconds starting out. While extremely unpleasant, once you get out of the shower, you will be fired up and ready to get your day started.