Who Needs Caffeine? Spring Forward with these 5 Morning Rituals

The time to set our clocks forward is quickly approaching. The daylight saving time change will force us to spring forward and advance our clocks one hour, resulting in an extra hour of daylight that we are so badly craving. However, losing that precious hour of sleep can make Monday morning rougher than usual. Use these 5 rituals to spring into your day without having to depend on an extra cup of coffee.

  1. Gradually transition into the time change.
    To minimize the impact of the time change, consider making gradual adjustments to your sleep schedule. Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier a week beforehand. Being well-rested will give you the extra pep in your step, make you more productive, and allow your internal clock to regulate on its own.
  2. Set the tone with your alarm.
    Your surroundings have an immense effect on your mood. Fortunately, the one factor you can control is your alarm clock. The right wake-up call can set the tone for your entire day. Forget the standard irritating beeps and replace it with your favorite song or an uplifting beat. Waking up to a joyful tune will motivate you to get out of bed quicker, making way for a productive day.
  3. Get moving.
    Studies show that exercise increases the production of serotonin and dopamine, releasing mood-boosting endorphins. Getting into the habit of exercising in the morning forces you to not only wake-up earlier, but also provides a natural mood and energy booster. Try joining an early morning spin class, taking your dog for a stroll around the neighborhood, or practicing yoga as the sun rises.
  4. Eat a nutritional breakfast.
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. According to research from the Health Enhancement Research, those who consume healthy diets are 20% more likely to be productive throughout the day. Eating an unbalanced breakfast or skipping it all together will leave you hungry, making it harder to concentrate. Consider incorporating whole grains and protein into your morning meal.
  5. Remind yourself of your goals.
    Knowing your daily goals will help motivate you to get an earlier start on your day. They will aid with prioritizing and staying focused throughout the day. Keep a goal sheet next to your bed and update it every night before you go to sleep. On mornings where you have trouble getting out of bed, refer to the list and remind yourself of possible setbacks if you don’t reach said goals.

Just remember—it does take time to implement the above rituals and adjust to daylight saving time, but the payoff, additional daylight to conquer your objectives, is always worth it.

Written by Jennafer Benvenuto

A writer with a knack for creating meaningful content and becoming best friends with every dog she meets.