How to wake up feeling on top of the world

When was the last time you turned up at the office on a Monday morning and noticed everyone cheerily and happily going about their work, with a spring in their step and a twinkle in their eye? When was the last time you woke up and thought to yourself “I feel fantastic today! I’m just raring to go!”? The chances are that you have never experienced either of those two things and you haven’t heard of anyone who has, either. If you were to reply to your colleagues queries as to how you were, when you arrive at work I the morning, with a joyful “I feel absolutely wonderful, thank you!”, they would take it as bitter sarcasm and stay out of your way for the rest of the day.

There is, however, no good reason why you can’t feel absolutely fabulous every morning. It’s just a matter of making the right choices. And, no – I don’t mean choosing to marry that old multi-billionaire who only has a year, tops, left in them. I mean your lifestyle choices. More of that in a moment, though.

Some people might find it rather vulgar to be so full of beans every day. They take a certain spiteful, self-hating pride in being publicly miserable. These are the people who reply to a simple “how are you?”, with a wry “how long have you got?”, or “still hanging on, just about”. They think their misery brings them happiness. But in the long term it will simply bring them isolation, regret and resentment.

One of the obvious ways to ensure you feel better in the morning, is to ensure that you are sleeping well. Go to bed shortly after sunset and wake up shortly before sunrise. Do this every day so that your body gets into a rhythm. Make sure that your bed is comfortable and supports your back and your neck properly. If you snore, wake multiple times during the night, or wake up feeling exhausted on a regular basis, get yourself tested for sleep apnea. Don’t have a TV, smartphone or any other distraction near your bed. Sleep is too important for that.

Apart from sleeping well, another major factor which influences how you feel is your eating habits. Eat regularly and at the same times each day. Either stick to the standard three meals a day, or go with the heathier five small meals a day. Be careful to make sure that you don’t overeat or undereat, and that your diet is balanced and gives you the nutrients you need. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, foods that are high in processed sugars and salts. Eat plenty of fiber, fruit and greens. Where possible, choose raw over cooked, boiled or steamed over fried, rare over well done.

It’s not just food that you take into your body, either – it’s air and everything in it. The air in your home is almost certainly less healthy than the air outside. You can do something about this by installing an air purifier. If you’re unsure about where to start with this, read up online – your air purifier needs to be powerful enough to treat the air in your entire home. Don’t smoke, avoid people who are smoking and stay away from roads and areas of town which have poor air quality.

Your habits also play a big part in determining how your body feels and what kind of mood you’re in. If you know how to relax, you’re likelier to feel happier. You can do this by taking fifteen minutes in the morning to breathe in the crisp, fresh air, listen to the birds waking up and to watch the sunrise. You can store those memories and feelings and summon them up to meditate on and relax wherever you are. You also need to keep fit, do regular exercise. This triggers the release of endorphins which make you feel happier.

It’s often underestimated just how much the way we treat our bodies affects the way we feel and think. But it shouldn’t – our brains, stomachs, lungs and all of our organs, flesh and bones are united in one organism – you. It’s time you started taking better care of yourself.