Mornings can be hard at the best of times, but many people find that they struggle more than usual in winter. With the lack of sunlight naturally waking us up and the cold temperatures outside, it’s more and more difficult to wake up feeling perky. We put together our top tips to reset your morning routine and get you feeling fresh!

Skip the Snooze Button

Give your body and mind the best start by getting out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off. This may be the biggest challenge of all, but snoozing is only prolonging the inevitable and may make you feel more tired in the long run. If you’re struggling to avoid snoozing, take a look at our guide to getting out of the snooze button habit.

Light Alarm Clock

In winter, it is difficult to wake up due to the lack of natural sunlight. To help you wake up naturally on even the darkest mornings, invest in a light alarm clock. The alarm clocks work by gradually lighting the room around you for half an hour up to your alarm going off. The warm light mimics a sunrise and triggers your brain to begin waking up before the alarm sound goes off.

Hydrate

Overnight, out bodies become dehydrated. To give your body everything it needs to wake up, sip some water throughout the morning as you get ready. Drinking water in the morning will help to increase the flow of oxygen and rehydrate your brain.

Exercise

A quick work out in the morning will warm you up and get your circulation going for the day. Try a gentle yoga routine or go on a bike ride to get outside for some fresh air. Not only will this get your circulation going, but it will also trigger your brain to release endorphins and get your morning off to a great start.

Shower

After exercising, step into a refreshing shower to give your body that final wake up call. Try using a shower gel with energising essential oils such as orange and grapefruit. Opt for a temperature slightly cooler than you’re used to help you feel more alert.

Breakfast

Choose a healthy breakfast with a balance of protein and slow-release carbohydrates. Eating breakfast gives your brain the energy it needs to perform well throughout the day, as well as providing long-term health benefits.

We hope this blog post has helped you get your morning off to a great start. If you have any more tips on how to wake up and feel alert in the morning, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Read more: The Perfect Night Time Routine for a Good Night’s Sleep