Tuesday, September 6, 2011

12 Ways to Wake Up Joyful and Refreshed

If you're anything like me, you've probably been going to bed late all summer and sleeping in later too. Now that it's back-to-school for so many of us, waking up early to get the kids ready for school is going to be tough. Waking up joyful will be an even a greater challenge, but with a little determination we can do it!
Here are twelve ways to wake up joyful and refreshed:
Cut back on the caffeine the night before so you get quality sleep. Avoid coffee, cola, and chocolate.

Go to bed early the night before. Even if you don't feel tired, your body will get used to the time that you set it to.

Train your body to get used to a sleeping schedule. The average person needs six to seven hours of sleep each night, but more importantly, our bodies crave routine.

Clean the kitchen the night before so that it's a welcoming site in the morning.

Don't got to bed angry or irritated. If you are quarreling with your spouse, work it out before hitting the sack. If you are angry with a co-worker or friend, let go of the anger and hurt. Don't let it fester overnight.

Don't overeat the night before or your stomach will be at work all night.

Wake up as soon as the alarm rings. Sit up immediately, then stand. Don't hit the snooze button or you'll only form a habit that's hard to break.

Greet your family with a smile and say something encouraging.

Start the day with prayer and scripture.

Make a schedule for the day including things that you will look forward to.

Get moving as soon as you can. Rather than reclining on the couch watching the news with your morning coffee, throw some laundry in, do some vacuuming, or go for a brisk walk. A little exercise will kick start your day.

Eat a healthy breakfast. Studies show that children who eat a good breakfast get better grades. My own personal studies (based on a survey of one person) show that moms who eat a good breakfast do quality housework and are less cranky throughout the day! :)

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.~ Psalm 5:3 

You are loved by an almighty God,
(Taken for Time Wrap Wife )

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