8 ways to cope with dark mornings

Contains Sponsored Link¦ Now that the clocks have gone back, we’ve been plunged into the dark wintery mornings I loathe. Along with dropping temperatures, it’s not exactly a great combination for motivation! I’m really not a winter person at all and I find it being dark when I wake up really tough. The last thing I want to do is get up and ready for work. It takes every fibre of my being to not just curl up and stay under the duvet for a few more hours! However, there are things that you can do to make the dark mornings a bit more tolerable!

1. Shower Straight Away

If you can force yourself out of bed and up into the shower straight away, it will work wonders for you. The shower will help to wake you up. It’ll help to get you warm on chilly mornings too (just don’t think about how cold you’ll feel when you step out of it!)

2. Have a glass of water

Being hydrated will help you to feel more awake. A glass of cold water is the perfect way to start the day. Splashing some of it on your face will make you more alert too.

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3. Play music

Don’t play Adele’s new song, for goodness sake! No, upbeat music is what you need. Things that make you feel good and that you could dance to. Music is the perfect way to brighten up a dull, foggy Monday and put you in a great mood.

4. Have a hearty breakfast

Looking after yourself with a delicious breakfast makes dark mornings just seem so much better. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all! It sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you’ve never been a breakfast person before now, the best thing that you can do is start your day right with a new breakfast and make it light. Choosing to have something from itsgrowli.com is not the same as a stack of crepes or a plate of delicious waffles. But it’s all about trial and error. You should think about what types of foods you would eat when you wake up and choose things that will give you energy to start your day well.

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5. Use a sunrise alarm clock

There are lots of alarm clocks on the market that mimic a natural sunrise. Using these can help your body to wake up more easily when it’s still dark outside.

6. Get organised

Find it hard to get out of bed on dark mornings? Ugh, me too. (Well, any morning, actually! Dark, cold ones are definitely the worst though). Make sure as much as possible is done the night before so that you don’t have to get out of bed any earlier than you have to! Lay outfits out, get lunches packed and enjoy not having to rush around doing it in the morning.

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7. Take Vitamin D

In the UK, most of us don’t get anywhere near the amount of Vitamin D that we need. This can result in us feeling groggier and grumpier. Taking a good Vitamin D supplement could therefore make those dark mornings not seem quite so bad!

8. Get a decent night’s sleep

Hahaha, hahahaha…yes, you’re probably laughing sarcastically along with me if you’re also a parent. However, for most people just trying to make sure you get a decent night’s sleep can make a real difference (depending on how the children sleep). Make sure your bed is comfortable and that your room is a good temperature, relaxing and as clutter-free as possible. Try to stick to a healthy bedtime and wake up at the same time each day.

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