Summer is coming to an end. I know my kids start back to school next week. The elephant in the room is glaring back at me. Waking up in the morning is going to be a challenge for a few days. Here are some painless tips to quickly adjust back into a schedule.
Start a week in advance. Begin to wake everyone up a little earlier each day until you are at your desired up time. Doing it in small increments like this makes it much easier to get up when that alarm clock starts.
Earlier Bed Time
Just like the baby steps to wake up, start getting everyone to bed a little earlier. I close the kitchen at 7 PM, and make sure everyone gets their showers. Then it is quiet reading until bed time. This helps everyone wind down and get ready to go to sleep.
One of the best ways I have found to get my body into a rhythm is to get moving. Get the kids up in the morning and take them swimming, for a walk, on a bike ride, something to get that blood pumping. The exercise is not only good for them but will help their bodies be naturally tired come bed time.
Plan your meals
Having a structured time for meals helps set your bodies natural clock. Make a meal plan with times and stick to it. This will help everyone adjust to the new schedule.
Making sure that you get up and go to bed at the same time EVERYDAY. This consistency will help your bodies natural clock kick in. You will be surprised just how often you will wake up a minute or 2 before the alarm goes off.
Let there be Light or Dark
Invest in some quality light blocking curtains. Our body clock is influenced by light and darkness more than we realize. Start closing up windows and turning off lights (including electronics) an hour or 2 before bed. This will naturally help you body wind down. In turn, opening windows and turning on lights in the morning will be just the pick me up you need.
Don’t drag your feet in the morning. Utilize these painless tips to quickly adjust back into a schedule and you will be ready to go in no time.