Waking up in the morning sucks.
You are tired, haven’t had enough sleep and can’t be bothered with anything anymore.
Seriously, the number of times that we are forced to wake up early in our lifetime is far too unfortunate.
To some people, however, it goes beyond that.
Those people exhibit depressive symptoms whenever they are wake up, be it late or early.
This is actually pretty dangerous when you think about it – You perform badly in your job, you come off as moody to your friends and so on.
Although having no friends is quite unfortunate, it isn’t the worst thing that can happen to you.
Being fired or punished over lacking performance, on the other hand, can actually end up as a disaster.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are solutions to be found.
After going through that problem myself, I decided to take my time and write down a full article about how to stop morning depression, specific causes and symptoms included.
“Right, So what is morning depression?”
Morning depression is described by most as an extreme lack of motivation to get up in the morning, it comes with heavily negative thoughts and multiple depressive symptoms.
You could say that morning depression is the time-based equivalent of the season-based winter depression.
It works out that way in the sense that both morning depression and winter depression aren’t severe, purely time-based and highly situational.
Morning depression only lasts a few hours each day and normally you start feeling okay, if not pretty good, around evening.
It doesn’t have much with you not being a “morning person”, but rather more to do with the fact that your mornings are terrible.
The two aren’t actually related, believe it or not. There really isn’t such a thing as “not a morning person”.
“Why are my mornings terrible then?”
- You live your life unhappily – Let me be blunt here. If you don’t want to get up in the morning it means that you aren’t looking forward to the day that is to come, wanting to escape from it instead. As such, it should come as no surprise that morning depression is a symptom of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
- Your sleeping hours are either nonexistent or ineffective – You don’t actually rest, either you sleep too little or your sleep is too low-quality. You aren’t rested, and as such you are tired.
- Your nutrition and diet are harmful to you– An unbalanced diet, particularly one that contains too much processed sugar, is unhealthy for you. Believe it or not, but processed sugar actually lowers the sugar levels in your blood, leading to hypoglycemia. When sugar levels drop below optimal levels your body attempts to find food to balance them out, leading you to have an uneasy sleep.
So as you can see, your actual problems are very tangible and very treatable.
It’s all about your bad habits rather than you being or not being a morning person. Fix these, apply some of my tips and witness a vast improvement in your condition.
“But wait, Vlad! What are these tips that you are offering?”
Glad you asked, my dear reader!
These are some simple tips you can apply, they will help you rebuild your habits and adopt a new outlook on life.
Use these and results will come.
1) Get some proper rest
Your sleeping habits are everything when it comes to your morning hours.
You wake up feeling horrible, most of your day is going to be horrible, and by the time your body regulates itself to deal with your lack of energy it’s already night and you should be going to sleep.
The problems is that you can’t because you aren’t feeling tired yet.
This is why some people are feeling depressed in the morning and much more energetic during nighttime.
This is a never-ending cycle, and to break free you must put an end to it by doing something unusual.
What is that something?
- Stretch before you go to sleep – stretching will relax your muscles and ensure that you will be more comfortable, allowing you to fall asleep faster and better.
- Go to bed early – It is pretty boring, but going to bed early has huge benefits not only on the overall quality of your sleep but also on your overall health. When talking about sleeping habits alone, going to bed early increases mental skills by up to 30%, balances your mood and helps you maintain friendlier attitude.
- Wake up early – A 2008 study from the University of Texas concluded that people who identify themselves as “morning people” have, on average, a full point higher in their GPA over their “night owl” friends.
A study done by the Biologist Christoph Randler concluded that people who wake up early are more proactive than their peers.
Going to bed early and waking up early are two ways you can make sure that you are getting your needed sleep. You will wake up much more energetic and productive.
In other words, go to sleep before 11 PM, wake up before 7 AM, and send me your love letters in bulk – That’s how grateful you are going to be for this tip!
2) Have a morning routine
Having a morning routine is something normally reserved for highly successful people, just running a search on google will tell you this much – nearly all websites dealing with success in life talk about habits, part of which is what you should be doing in the morning to get optimal results from your day.
And for a good reason, too.
After having your great sleep, and waking up early, start your day off with a nice jog.
Research suggests that morning exercises lower stress and provide greater results than any other time of the day.
Morning depression tends to make you disregard breakfast, but that’s a terrible idea. So after exercising a bit make sure to eat a balanced meal, maybe have a nice cup of tea alongside it, seeing as tea can also be beneficial for depression.
You should also look into meditation, to set yourself up for the rest of your day.
A morning routine will become automatic to you and it is systematically built to make sure that you get the most out of everything that you do.
These practices are meant to make you more productive and motivated, blocking your morning depression from rearing its ugly head.
3) Live a life that is worth living
Tell me, when was the last time you met someone who woke up in the middle of an exotic and enjoyable vacation with a headache and bad attitude.
No such person? That’s what I thought!
Where have gone all of those missing sleeping hours? The unbalanced diet? Truth is, in an extreme enough scenario, this one factor completely overrides the causes.
Obviously, life isn’t a vacation, but my point still stands. Make your days worth your while, live every single experience you go through in the best way possible.
Normally I hate throwing around buzzwords like these, they tend to be meaningless and unhelpful, but it really is up to you – if your life is great, it won’t be a terrible ordeal waking up to it.
Makes sense, doesn’t it?
How can you do it? Make sure that each and every day you have something to be looking for, that every time you go to bed you will know that the following day you have this thing that you must do, and actually be excited and energized from that very thought.
Crazy, right? Believe it or not, but there actually are people like that, some of which are the most exceptional I have ever met in my entire life.
Final thoughts and conclusions
When push comes to shove, most people dislike waking up in the morning.
For some it may be too early, for others its really hard to get out of bed, even some of the most dedicated people struggle with this simple day to day activity.
Some other reasons arent as normal, and are in fact quite problematic.
That being said, this issue can be dealt with relative ease.
To review, you should:
- Go to bed early
- Wake up early
- Exercise in the morning
- Eat a balanced, healthy breakfast.
- Get a hobby/find something that excites you.
In the end, I gave you more than 3 tips, all of which are fully actionable.
I think that you intuitively knew at least some of the things I wrote here, yet never have actually bothered with checking them out for yourself.
So instead of talking about what-if’s, start applying these tips right away.
Go to bed early today and set up an alarm clock to give yourself 8-9 hours of sleep, that’s a start!
Still, in case you need additional help, you should check out my review of the Destroy Depression System.
After trying it out for myself I noticed a great improvement in my condition, so be sure to at least give it a look.
It’s fully refundable so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Before you do that, however, here’s a quick question I would like you to answer: How do your mornings normally play out?
Sweet and on-point, so make sure to write down your answers in the comment section below – I go through every single one of them!
In case you would like to ask me something in private I am always happy to answer.
Feel free to send me a quick email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.