Updated: Jun 7, 2019
You’re completely drained. You go to bed exhausted, you wake up feeling not much better. You hate getting out of bed. You’re lethargic, sluggish and might have some aches and pains.
So what do you do?
First of all, is this a long term lifestyle? If it’s only short term, and you just need to make it through to the end, read on.
If there’s no light at end of the tunnel, it may be time to reassess the situation. Maybe there’s something you can do differently. This includes delegating, postponing, eliminating or redesigning how your life is currently working (or not working). Message me if you'd appreciate some help.
But whoever and wherever you are, give this 5-minute routine a go:
1) First of all, set your alarm for the very last minute you can be asleep for (factoring in this 5 minutes). If you struggle to get up on the first alarm, leave your phone across the room so you have to get up. Or download an alarm app that makes you solve a maths problem to turn it off.
This might take some practice – ease yourself into it by setting one less alarm each day, so that it starts 5-10 minutes later, until you reach that “very last minute”.
Secondly, the “getting up” part, using the 5-second rule by Mel Robbins you count down from five and once you reach one, you just get up.
2) Breathe and stretch gently – you may find this video helpful: Youtube
If you’d rather do your own thing, just literally take massive deep breaths and slowly move your body to work out any sleep kinks.
3) Think of 3 things you’re grateful for.
4) Decide how you’d like to feel at the end of today. And briefly think about how you’ll accomplish that. Once you get really good at this, you can combine step 2, 3 and 4.
5) Next is have a large glass of water – add a squeeze of lemon if you like, add apple cider vinegar if you’re up for it. Just use a straw so it bypasses your teeth.
That’s it. Five minutes to start your day on the right foot. By hopping up with energy, warming up our body, getting some fresh air into our lungs and rehydrating ourselves, we’re doing everything our body needs to function. The mental side of it is to wake up your mind and make you check in with yourself, with positivity.
Once these 5 steps are done you can go about all the other things you need to do like have a pee, workout, get to work, get the kids up etc. You deserve this time and love. I give you permission to put yourself first. You can’t fill from an empty cup ladies. And your body will thank you.
Hot tip: So that you avoid “Social Jetlag” try to wake up at the same time on your days off. If you can go to bed at roughly the same time too, that will help as well.