Mornings can be rough, no matter what time of year it is. Sure, in the summer you’re likely waking up to daylight instead of another couple hours of darkness, but that doesn’t mean it makes rolling out of bed—particularly on a Monday—any easier. And while you may never quite achieve that morning person status, there are a few things that you can do to make your morning a little better to kickstart your day.
Skip the snooze button
If you’re one of those people who have mastered getting out of bed the first time that your alarm goes off, I sincerely applaud you. While the snooze button may seem like a way to ease yourself out of bed (especially if, like me, you set your alarm an hour before you actually need to be up so you can keep hitting it), it can actually disrupt your sleep and make you less productive throughout the day. When your alarm goes off, get up right away—better yet, put your alarm or your phone across the room so that you have no choice but to get up to turn it off. This will get you up and get your day started faster and you won’t fall victim to the sleep-for-10-minute-increments-until-you’re-groggy-AF game.
Brush your teeth
This may seem like a given, but did you know that only 54 per cent of Canadians brush at least twice a day? That means that if you’re one of those 46 per cent who are doing it once (or not at all!), you’d better make it worth it. Start your morning on the right foot by giving your teeth the best brush you can with the new Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pulse Battery Toothbrush ($10, available at mass drugstores nationwide) and Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Bright & Strong Toothpaste ($4, available at mass drugstores nationwide). The toothbrush gently removes two times as much plaque as a regular manual toothbrush and the toothpaste strengthens and repairs tooth enamel, while cleaning and whitening your teeth, leaving you with a fresh, brilliant smile, ready to conquer the day ahead.
Take 10 minutes for yourself
When you do finally make it out of bed, spend 10 minutes doing something for yourself (and without your phone). Whether this is reading, meditating, squeezing in a morning workout or even jotting down some goals or tasks for the day or week ahead, take this time to focus on yourself before a busy day. It’s a slippery slope taking this time to scroll through Instagram or catch up on your inbox but those emails can wait until you make it into the office—we promise.
Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Sonic Pulse Battery Tootbrush ($10, available at mass drugstores nationwide) and Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Bright & Strong Toothpaste ($4, available at mass drugstores nationwide)
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