How to Get Out of Bed on the Right Side of It

Feeling groggy in the morning? Here are some tips to help you get out of bed on the right side of it and start your day off right!

Depression Presents So Many Challenges

It is difficult to live with depression in any form. Getting out of bed on a daily basis can feel like such a monumental task that you wonder how people accomplish it.  And if you're anything like me, you probably have trouble sleeping as a result. Actually, I've had it both ways—both sleeplessness and hypersomnia (sleeping too much). The following are some of the methods I've found to be effective in getting myself out of bed in the morning (and out of deep depression).

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Establish a Morning Ritual That You Look Forward to Each Day

Many of us, including myself, fall into a rut where we groggily rise and march out to the office every day. In the course of our daily schedule, we are lucky to have time for breakfast. At this moment, our only concern is leaving. However, if you establish a morning ritual that you look forward to engaging in, you may find that you have a more positive view on your mornings.

1. Take It Easy at First: Sit Up

Just get back to the fundamentals: Try to get up straight. Raise your pillow and keep an additional one handy in case you need support. When you sit up, you're one step closer to getting up and ready for the day.

2. What Are You Having for Breakfast? Initiate Contemplations of Sustenance

Motivation often comes from anticipating rewards, such as a meal or a hot cup of coffee. You'll be more motivated to get out of bed if you can make your tummy grumble with thoughts of eggs, bacon, and French toast. However, this isn't always effective, especially if you're feeling a lack of appetite due to depression. Even if it's just a piece of toast, you should know that eating something first thing in the morning will help you get moving. In addition, it is recommended that you eat breakfast before taking drugs in the morning.

3. Try an Alarm 

Rely on tried-and-true methods. In order to ensure that you actually wake up, you should probably set an alarm (or several, if you really want to be obnoxious) and then leave your phone or clock somewhere out of reach. To turn it off, you'll have to get up. Even while it's tempting to just roll over and go back to sleep, setting many alarms can help prevent you from saying, "FINE! I’M UP!”

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4. Observe Your Environment 

While the use of paper and pen may seem antiquated, the effect they have has not changed. Make a habit of recording daily gratitudes in a journal. Alternatively, you might complete this at night and then read your expression of appreciation again first thing in the morning. You can get off to a better start to the day by focusing on the bright side. Alternatively, you may center your life around your pets, who have been found to have numerous positive effects. Whether it's to feed, stroll, or cuddle with them, they can be a wonderful reason to get out of bed each morning. Spending even a short amount of time basking in your pet's unconditional love can have a profoundly uplifting effect.

Find a Routine and Stick To It to Keep Yourself Motivated

You shouldn't rob yourself of the morning's pleasure by forcing yourself to get up and ready in a hurry. You can also use external stimuli, such as your phone, to help you get out of bed. Give yourself permission to check your inbox or enjoy a funny animal video before getting serious about your day. You should probably set a timer to make sure you don't spend the entire morning on your phone in bed. Don't spend more than 15 minutes on the phone at once. One alternative is to put the phone somewhere you'll have to get up to use it. Be patient with yourself as you work to establish a habit you'll look forward to. You can change your perspective on mornings and stop thinking of them as a time when you "had to get up and accomplish this and that" by adopting a gentler and more optimistic outlook.

Expose It to the Light: Light Therapy

Patients suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or insomnia may benefit from bright light therapy (also known as white light therapy). Evidence suggests it may have the potential to treat persons with depression and have antidepressant-like properties, though more study is needed to confirm this. These lights are also recommended for those with nonseasonal depression by my psychotherapist and a few other professionals I've met.

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Feel Free to Ask for Assistance From Others

Don't be embarrassed to seek assistance if you're having trouble getting out of bed or if your depression is severe. Is there a roommate in your life? Do you share your work schedule with a buddy or coworker? Don't be shy about inviting them to join in on your regular activities. If you share a home with someone, have them come in and gently wake you, or maybe just sit with you for a while. It could be as simple as getting them coffee in the morning or as involved as making sure you're up and ready to go before they leave for work. You could also talk to a colleague, if you feel more at ease doing so. Perhaps a coworker with a similar work schedule could give you a nudge in the morning to remind you that it's time to get ready for the day. Wake-up conversations that are positive and upbeat, even if they're only five minutes long, can improve your outlook on the day. The vast majority of individuals out there are helpful and kind. They will likely notice something is off even if you don't spill the beans on your full mental health background. Sometimes it's enough to just admit that you're going through a rough patch. Those that love and care for you will likely be pleased to lend a hand, even if it's difficult for you to ask for support at first.

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Waking Up On the Right Side of Bed

We all have those days when we just don't feel like getting out of bed, but thankfully there are plenty of strategies to set your day off right. Remember that balance is key—take it one step at a time. Little victories count and going through the motions can be just what you need to get out of bed, even on the most lethargic of days. Keep in mind that rest and self-care need to be part of your daily routine too. Finally, one great way you can give yourself a natural boost of energy throughout the day is by giving Shot of Joy's Kratom & Kava Shot a try! This blend uses natural ingredients which promotes energy without crashing later on. Taking small steps and having some new routines each morning can help you change up your mindset for the better and quickly become second nature. With these tips in mind, you'll be up with the sun and ready for each day!

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