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Here are some ideas for how to set your body clock to "awake" without the shock of sudden activity that rattles the stress system:
Wake up to music rather than an alarm.
Don't get up right away. While breathing deeply, loosen up and stretch your limbs out, from your fingers to your toes. Pretend you're a cat waking up from a nap.
Think of the most positive thing you'll be doing that day.
Get out of bed slowly. Ease into it.
Turn on more and more lights as you go through your routine, until every light you see is on.
If weather permits, step outside for a minute. Sunshine is one of the strongest ways to tell your body to wake up.
Do 3-5 minutes of easy activity. Emphasis on easy.
Eat breakfast! Foods low in fat and high in protein, fiber and carbs provide energy that lasts a long time. Try yogurt, fruit, whole wheat breads, and skim milk.
A key is not to oversleep or use the snooze button. It may be tough at first, but getting up at the same time every morning makes it easier to set a sleep cycle that won't make you feel tired in the middle of the day.
P.S. When you're stuck in traffic, try listening to some classical music or jazz to calm you.
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