No amount of coffee can change me into a morning person. Not even a grande drenched in mocha. However, our society runs on a daylight schedule so I’ve learned a few tricks over the years to help me face the day with a reasonably good attitude.
The best advice I have is to stop hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock. Just set it for the right time and face the fact that sleep time is over. The good news is, you don’t have to get out of bed right away. I do my stretches right there. Lengthen your legs, arms, breathe in and out deeply, and massage any achy parts. This way the morning not only feels more luxurious, but you’ve increased the oxygen in both your body and your brain. For me this translates into less stupidity and a higher level of functioning once I get out of bed.
The other tips help my mood: don’t watch the news, check email, or answer the phone before you’re dressed and have had breakfast. Having either sacred quiet time or a light conversation nurtures your sensitive side before jumping into the busyness of your day and the demands of others.