Hey RM fam, and hello fall!
Does anyone else love the Autumn season? I have to admit: I’m all for the pumpkin spice and everything nice!
I love this time of the year- but there is one thing I struggle with: the darker mornings and earlier evenings.
The struggle is REAL and I know I’m not the only one who can find this a challenge when the days get shorter.
I thought I would share what I like to do which helps (especially the mornings!)
Routine is important, but also remember to socialise!
It’s good to have a routine and stick to it – as this can help your mind and body get used to the darkness both in the morning and late afternoon. Try and go to bed, wake up around the same time.
Something I have noticed is that I am a lot more social during the summer (when the days are longer and brighter). I would often meet up with friends after work while the sun was still out. When it comes to the darker months however I find that this is not the case.
When it gets dark out it can be easy to limit your evenings, but don’t forget meeting up with friends and also having fun during the week! It’s good for the soul, breaks the week so its not all about work and can really boost your mood!
Be careful with that snooze button.
I might get a weird look with this one, but I don’t use the snooze button. However, because I know a LOT of people do I’ll just advise to be careful using it during the mornings when its so dark out. I mean it’s a struggle to get out of bed as it is! The darkness can trick your mind into wanting to go back to sleep thinking it’s still the middle of the night, and that snooze button will look extra tempting.
Also, while I’m on the subject of time: get up earlier. This works really well for me in handling the darker mornings! Try and get up 10 or 15 minutes earlier which might not seem like a lot of time – but hey I believe any time given in the morning is valuable, especially if you have to get up early for work!
Having those extra few minutes helps me mentally prep for the day (and also helps me to get myself up!).
Do a mini workout.
I’m not saying jumping out of bed and doing an hour of intensive workout or doing a somersault to the gym (but if you want to do that then hey go for it! All power to you!).
If I am really struggling to wake up, what I have found super beneficial is to do a mini workout from YouTube. There are a LOT of workout videos that are specifically tailored to do for a short amount of time. This has really helped give me a kick in the morning when I’m feeling sluggish. I don’t do this every day but when I do I feel a difference in my energy levels and mood.
I know that most of these tips don’t exactly sound fun but they are ways I cope with the change in weather as we fall into Autumn (hah! see what I did there?).
I hope they are also helpful for you in handling those difficult mornings and nights!