How to Wake Up in a Good Mood Every Morning.

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How wonderful is it to roll out of bed in the morning feeling fresh, fully awake, and chipper!

Imagine waking up in a good mood every morning, open to the infinite possibilities that each sunrise brings. This is how you deserve to feel every single day.

Even if you don’t believe yourself a morning person, waking up in a good mood is never out of reach. We can all be morning people if we devote a little extra mindfulness to how we greet each sunrise.

Wake up by six am.

I know this might sound daunting, but waking up early is key to feeling fresh.

Ayurveda teaches us that rising by six am imbues us with the qualities of vata energy; granting us alertness and quickness for the rest of the day. After six am the morning takes on slow, heavy and dull kapha qualities. Waking during kapha time will likely make us feel slow and dull.

Go to bed by 10 pm.

How we slept last night has a huge effect on how we feel today. Ayurveda recommends that we go to sleep by 10 pm to synchronize ourselves with nature’s daily ebbs and flows.

Around 10 pm, the night takes on a few hours of active, fiery pitta energy. If we stay up much past 10 we’ll likely experience a second wind, negatively affecting our sleep and impeding our early morning chipperness.

Sleep with your curtains open.

The dawning sun is the most gentle, peaceful alarm ever created. If there’s no chance of peepers or glaring city lights in your windows, give open curtains a try. You’ll find it easier to wake up if your body can register the morning light.

Choose a nice sound for your alarm.

It is completely unnatural to wake up to the blaring BEEP-BEEP-BEEP sound of an alarm clock. Make your wake-up less abrasive with a soothing ring tone set on a low volume—think ocean waves, gongs or the “chimes” ringtone on the iPhone.

Hold off on looking at your phone, computer, or TV.

If the first thing you see in the morning is a stressful work email or a horrific news story, your whole day will carry a negative undertone. Set your electronics aside until you’ve first done something that promotes your personal wellbeing.

Begin the day with purification.

Ayurveda’s wisdom teaches us to rid ourselves of the previous night’s accumulated wastes and toxins first thing in the morning. This means emptying the bowels, brushing the teeth, scraping the tongue, massaging the body with oil and bathing.

Cultivate a morning ritual.

After you’ve purified your body, do something for your mind and soul. Meditate, give gratitude, practice yoga, or go to nature. You might smudge some sage, dab yourself with uplifting essential oils, or listen to spiritual music.

Devoting even five minutes to your deeper self will positively alter your entire day.

It takes time to fully embrace this kind of routine. Start slowly by changing your alarm ringtone and going to bed by 10 pm. Wake up a little earlier each morning until you naturally arise with the morning dawn. You’ll soon find yourself waking up in a good mood every single day.

 

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Author: Julie Bernier 

Editor: Renée Picard

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Julie Bernier

Julie Bernier teaches women the art of self-care so that they feel their healthiest and happiest in their own unique bodies. This holistic approach to individualized wellness is rooted in the ancient Indian knowledge of ayurveda: a complete medical science and way of life which explains that our wellbeing blossoms when we align ourselves with nature. Julie is a registered ayurvedic practitioner with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, a Certified Massage Therapist, and a classical hatha yoga teacher. She studied each of these modalities in the US and straight from their source in India. Connect with Julie at trueayurveda.com and check out her upcoming events in LA: ayurvedic cooking basics and ayurvedic skin care.

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anonymous Dec 2, 2015 3:33am

Love this stuff!!

anonymous Dec 2, 2015 1:17am

Sadly doesn’t work for us nightshift nurses. Even if I can get to bed by 8:30am, I can only sleep until 3pm.

anonymous Feb 11, 2015 8:11am

I wish I could do this but… I finish work at 5:30, usually have either band practice or yoga 7-9pm and if not then it's something social til at least 10pm then the only time to eat or chill is after 9pm… if I went to bed at 10pm I'd feel I have no freetime to do stuff like : read book / watch film / read magazine / sort finances / DIY … what-a-to-do? I guess I could do all those things between 7-8am but it would be a bit lonely! I totally believe this would be a great routine to get into however.

    anonymous Mar 3, 2015 5:36am

    Go to bed at 10pm and sleep until 4am. Then do those important stuff from 4am until when you need to get ready for work or school.

anonymous Jan 22, 2015 1:43am

How can it be made possible in student life?

anonymous Nov 28, 2014 7:46am

So true, Julie – I can feel the difference even between waking up at 6am vs 7am. Thank you for sharing. Hope to meet you sometime!

    anonymous Nov 29, 2014 9:15am

    It's amazing what a difference it makes!! Thanks for reading 🙂