Apartment-living while working from home during COVID can be challenging enough, but, when you are not a morning person, it can prove exceptionally challenging.
There are two categories of people, those we call morning people, and those not-so-morning people. There are individuals that welcome each day with a cheerful smile and a surge of energy, and then – there are the rest of us.
Whether you consider yourself a night owl who prefers the dark of the night or someone who just isn’t in love waking up before noon, you can learn to, if not enjoy mornings, tolerate them. A few simple adjustments to your daily routine can help you meet the alarm clock with a little less contempt.
Focus on quality sleep.
Mornings are difficult when you can’t or don’t get a restful eight hours of sleep. Set yourself up for victory by optimizing your space for rest. Remove disturbances, keep the room dark and cool, switch your mobile devices to silent, and try reading a book instead of reading your phone. Another consideration is a sound machine; this can help filter outside noise, especially apartment-living in a city or lively apartment community. When you get quality sleep, you’ll find the sound of the alarm less disturbing — you might even start to look forward to starting the day!
Don’t start your day reaching for your mobile phone.
Starting off the day scrolling through emails, Facebook, Instagram or, Twitter feeds can clutter your mind and impact your mood before you have even left the bed. Instead, provide yourself time to wake up slowly, snuggle your partner, your children, or pets.
Reduce your morning rush by preparing in advance.
While COVID has reduced the morning commute problem, there are still things you can do in advance of the next workday. Preset your coffee pot to brew before your alarm. The smell of fresh coffee brewing and a cup waiting for you when you wake can put you ease you into a smooth start. If you eat breakfast and lunch, prepare them the night before, or at a minimum, choose what you will have for these meals. Also, do the dishes in the sink before going to bed, confronting a sink full of dishes when as you go for your first cup of coffee isn’t like to boost your spirit.
Incentivize your morning.
When you were a child and had an event or excursion planned the next day, you couldn’t wait to wake up and start your day. Provide yourself an incentive to rising and moving before you’ve become accustomed; it can be a simple stop at the local coffee shop to meet up with a friend or an early morning workout.
Put on day clothes.
With so many of us working from home, it is so very tempting to wear sleep clothes or sweatpants all day.
Dressing in “real” clothes, doing your hair, and putting on makeup, if you did so before COVID, can give your mood a boost and might even influence your productivity. It is not necessary to put on a suit and shoes, but putting in an effort above your go-to comfort clothes can signal to your brain that the day has commenced.
Kickstart those endorphins.
Endorphins make you joyful, and joyful people don’t dislike mornings! Starting your day with a workout, even if it’s simply stretching or a walk around your apartments in Lafayette, Louisiana, to get the blood flowing, this simple start can and usually does promote the release of feel-good endorphins to carry you into your day. Besides, if you get your workout in early, it’s one less thing you need to do at night.
Start a routine.
After a year of living through a pandemic, every day can start to feel the same. A routine sounds boring, you say? Well, maybe so but, studies show that individuals that implement a routine have better sleep and lower stress than those who don’t. Consistency is key, so start off with waking up at the same time every day, a time that is realistic for you. Your routine may include yoga and a shower before you drink coffee, or maybe you start with caffeine to motivate you to workout. No matter the routine you decide to try, stick with it for a few weeks before deciding if it works. Most habits take 28 days to start or stop.
Bask in the sun.
As little as 15 to 30 minutes of sunlight can help your body regulate its circadian rhythm, aiding in a better night’s sleep. Taking in the sun can be accomplished by sitting next to a window, physical time outside, or even through a light therapy lamp. A light therapy lamp can brighten up the darker mornings of time change. Taking a morning walk at your pet friendly apartment in Lafayette, LA while the sun is out can knock out two of our recommended tasks.
Do you find yourself starting to feel cramped in your apartment? Schedule a tour of our spacious one-bedroom apartments at Lafayette Garden Apartments, or tour one of our two- or three-bedroom apartments in the River Ranch area of Lafayette, Louisiana. Having an extra room to dedicate as office space may just be the answer to the working from home - work/life balance dilemma many are struggling with.
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