Waking up in the morning can be a real chore; the temptation to hit the snooze button again, just to capture another few minutes in bed, can be overwhelmingly tempting. If you start your morning in a sleepy daze then it can have an incredibly negative impact on the rest of the day, so setting the tone right and helping yourself bounce out the door with a spring in your step is the best way to remain productive and energised. I've written before about how harnessing the power of natural light can work wonders (I'm a huge fan of my Lumie Light which wakes me gradually and naturally, while stimulating hormone production,) but there are lots of other steps you can take to ensure you're wide awake and ready to face the day - all from the comfort of your shower cubicle. Here are my top tips on beating the Monday snoozes and ensuring your morning shower is an uplifting and energising experience.
Turn On The Music How many of us can resist bopping along to the radio, even if it's 6am? Turning on the tunes or playing some of your favourite playlists can help put a smile on your face and get your body moving. Music helps your mind to start working, which is the first step in helping yourself feel awake. Stretch It All Out Don't just stand up straight and yawn, but stretch like you're about to go running or do some serious exercise: touch your toes, stretch your arms behind your head and pull your feet towards your bum. This will really ensure blood gets flowing throughout your entire body. Use An Uplifting Body Wash Creamy, comforting scents may feel like a liquid blanket wrapped around you in the morning, but energising textures and stimulating fragrances will help to wake you up. Dove's re-launched body wash range is bursting with uplifting notes, making them a great alternative to an espresso; I'm currently loving the Gentle Exfoliating body wash which helps comfort skin, gently exfoliate and stimulate my senses all at once. It has me bouncing out of the shower daily! Suck A Mint It may sound strange, but the stronger the better; the effervescent effects of a mint do a great job of waking you up and clearing your mind. If you've ever sipped on a cup of mint tea or sniffed a menthol stick when you've had a cold, you'll understand the power of something minty fresh. Pull & Massage Your Hair Slowly and gently tugging at your hair will get blood flowing to your head in a new and refreshing way. Massaging your scalp with the tips of fingers in small circular motions will also help to stimulate the senses while releasing any tension that could cause a morning headache. Massage Your Hands The area between your palm and your wrist is a fairly sensitive one. It's also far enough away from the super-relaxing massage spots, so giving it a minute-long deep rub can provide uplifting and comforting results, while not putting you to sleep in the process. Breathe & Meditate You can undertake a touch of meditation any time and any place, so why not breathe deeply and close your eyes while your conditioner is getting to work. Meditation is about connecting with your body and letting go of any constraints, helping your mind to feel ready to face the day. Apps such as Headspace provide great guides absolutely free, giving you a kickstart when you need it most. Splash Cold Water If the worst comes to the worst, splashing your face with a touch of cold water or reducing the temperature of the shower will give you a quick burst and ensure you're wide awake. Nobody can sleep through a cold blitz, no matter how sleepy you were when first emerging from beneath the sheets. Pummel Yourself Awake Dove's 'touch expert' Avni Trivedi recommends vigorous pummeling movements (squeezing and releasing quickly) along the arms to help wake up the body. "Applying pressure in circular movements around the jaw, cheekbones and temples will also help to awake the senses. Apply a fair bit of pressure, without doing anything damaging!" Do you have any top tips for ensuring you feel wide awake in the morning? This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dove and is part of our Body Beautiful Week. However, all opinions are my own.
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