Imagine waking up in the morning feeling tired and exhausted. You feel sleepy, you don’t have the energy, and you’re reluctant to wake up. How will this affect your day? Do you think you can accomplish great work and go through your day with bliss?
Well, you don’t have to wake up feeling tired and exhausted. When you know the strategy, you can wake up happy – even when you are drained. And this is what you are going to learn in this article.
Here are seven simple ways how you can wake up happy – even if you are feeling tired and/or sleepy.
7 Ways To Wake Up Happy
1. Wake Up With Purpose
First, wake up with a purpose. Why do you wake up in the morning? Most people don’t have a purpose to wake up to, and this is why they feel tired and don’t wish to get up.
Think about it: if you have an exciting reason to wake up to, will jump out of bed feeling excited? Imagine you are going to catch a flight to Hawaii and enjoy your month-long holiday. How does that make you feel?
For most people, they will feel great and they can wake up right on time to catch the flight. They have no problem waking up feeling happy even if they are tired.
This is what you can do, too. Create a strong and exciting purpose that you will look forward to. Create a reason that will make you jump out of bed each morning.
You can get inspired through your dreams. If your dream is to drive a Ferrari to work each day and feeling good about it, think about it the night before you sleep. Then imagine it the first thing upon waking up.
You want to make yourself excited and driven. Successful people have an exciting dream that they want to accomplish. That is why they are able to wake up happy about it.
2. Get Enough Sleep
This is a very common factor that will affect your mood and energy level when you wake up. If you want to have energy and feel good in the morning, get enough sleep.
Experts suggest we sleep at least 7 or 8 hours a day. There is no point to sleep for 4 hours a day and wake up feeling groggy. You won’t be able to focus and get things done.
It is better to work 10 hours productively and do great work, than to work for 20 hours but accomplish nothing. It is about quality, NOT quantity. You cannot cheat your sleep.
If you want to go through the whole day with motivation and feeling productive, you have to get enough sleep. This is especially true when you get insufficient sleep. You will wake up feeling groggy and tired. You wish you can sleep more and it will affect your entire day.
So keep your energy level high by getting enough sleep.
3. Smile: The First Thing You Need To Do
Once you opened your eyes, the first thing you need to do is to smile. Studies have shown that when you smile, it will make you happy even if you fake it.
Your physiology and your facial expression will affect your mood. Try to put a big grin on your face and avoid thinking about negative things that will make you sad. Chances are, you won’t feel sad because your face is telling you otherwise.
Control your actions to create the emotions you want. Make a big smile each morning when you get up.
When you smile, make it as real as possible and feel the happiness. You can even say to yourself, “Today is going to be a great day and amazing things will happen to me.” And feel good about it.
If you do this, the tiredness will go away and you will wake up happy.
4. Hydrate Your Body
You are not taking in any water when you sleep at night. This means that your body will go through dehydration for long hours. Therefore, the moment you wake up in the morning, drink plenty of water.
Take in about 500ml of water once you wake up. You want to hydrate your body cells and activate your body functions.
Drinking plenty of water in the morning can make you less tired because the water helps you wake up. And when you are awake in the morning, you can feel happy and be ready to take on the day. (Read more quotes on the benefits of drinking water.)
This practice does not only awake you, it can also help your body detox and activate your metabolism. So make it habit to walk into your kitchen and drink a glass of water once you wake up.
5. Create Your First Win
If you want to make yourself happy upon waking up, you have to create your first win in the morning.
It can be anything. For example: you can create your first win through making your bed. Give yourself a pat on the back that you have accomplished the first task of the day. Feel good about it.
You can also choose to write down your goals or do yoga. The key is to celebrate your first small victory of the day and feel good about it.
You want to start your day great with motivation and fulfillment. So plan your morning and make it a habit.
6. Move Your Body
Our bodies are created to move. When you sleep for long hours, you did not move your body much. Thus, you should exercise in the morning before you start your day.
Do you know that most successful people make their habit to exercise in the morning? If successful people such as Richard Branson, Michelle Obama, Ursula Burns, Jeff Immelt, Dan Lee, Jack Dorsey and many more, dedicated their morning to exercise, don’t you think you should do it, too?
These are extremely busy people and yet they create time to exercise and sweat each morning to stay productive.
When you exercise, your body will produce a hormone called endorphin that will make you feel happy. So get rid of the tiredness and move your body in the morning.
7. Break The Fasting
If you want to feel happy and get rid of tiredness, don’t skip breakfast. Go for healthy foods that you love.
A lot of people skip breakfast because they suffer the morning hour rush. Never let this happen to you. Choose to wake up 30 minutes earlier to prepare yourself a healthy breakfast that will make you happy.
Breakfast is important because it is the first meal you consume after a long hour of sleep. You cannot concentrate on your work when you are hungry. Breakfast gives you the energy you need to tackle your tasks throughout the day.
As the name suggested, “break-fast”, means to break the fasting. So NEVER skip it. It can make you wake up happy in the morning knowing you’re about to have something delicious.
These are the seven simple ways on how you can wake up happy each morning – despite feeling tired. You don’t have to do all of them at the same time. Just pick a few and practice them.
As you go through each day, learn what works for you and keep improving your strategies. When you start your morning with happiness, your whole day will become blissful.