Perfect lighting for your morning routine

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Powering The Everyday: How to create the perfect lighting for your morning routine

I think it is safe to say we have all had ‘those’ mornings where you have snoozed your alarm ten times and woken up in absolute panic with the realisation that you only have a matter of minutes to get yourself out the door. Suddenly you become a multi-tasking fanatic, eating your cereal bar in one hand, brushing your hair with the other whilst simultaneously putting your shoes on.

We have all been there and that is ok- life can be chaotic at times. Having said that, how we start our morning will inevitably set the tone for the rest of the day. In other words, starting your day off scrambling around in rush-mode may make the rest of the day feel hectic and stressful. Therefore, it is super important to start the day off right, not only with what you do but also lighting has a big impact too!

Below are three easy ways to start your morning off right:

ease your mind gently into the day ahead, you should also feel more positive in mood

Gratitude

What is the first thing you do when you wake up? A recent study showed that 80% of people reach for their phone within the first fifteen minutes of waking. This is a result of habit, despite it having detrimental effects on our mood. Not only does it eat away into our productive morning time, but it has been shown to release feelings of anxiety and stress as you are suddenly bombarded by new messages, e-mails and all the to-dos for the day.

Rather than reaching for your phone as soon as you wake up, try to think of three things you are grateful for. Now it is very easy to think ‘I’m grateful for a roof over my head and being healthy’ but think deeper, what exactly is it in your life right now that makes you happy? Who is it in your life that makes you smile? Not only will this ease your mind gently into the day ahead, but you should also feel more positive in mood.

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Another very quick and simple idea for your morning routine is to write down a list of all that you would like to complete that day. We suggest having a notebook and pen on your bedside table so you can do this whilst you are still in bed. Writing a to-do list will provide you with structure for the day, it gives you purpose… even if your to-dos are as small as making the bed and putting a wash on. You can also tick off the previous day’s list - there is simply no greater satisfaction than ticking off a to-do list. This will make you feel accomplished as well as giving you purpose to start the day… who wouldn’t want that!?

You’re going to need lighting to write these down… rather than getting out of bed and switching on the main light perhaps a small bedside table lamp would be easier. Not only does this save you the hassle of having to get out of your warm and cosy bed, but your eyes will thank you for it as well as they won't be shocked by the brightness of a main light!

See Our Great Selection Of Table Lamps.

Yoga and meditation

Now please don’t worry if you are not super flexible- yoga does not always have to involve doing the splits in the air whilst balancing on your head! Instead, yoga and meditation can simply involve taking the time to stretch your body and breathe. You can find plenty of quick five to ten-minute yoga tutorial videos on YouTube, or you may want to come up with your own routine. Through meditating in the morning, you will not only be less likely to get distracted, but you can reap the calming benefits for the rest of the day!

The perfect lighting for your morning routine

There is nothing worse than having a bright and glaring light switched on the second you wake-up, leaving you feeling frustrated and groggy. Although stronger and brighter lighting in the morning is recommended, it is important to think about the colour of the lighting as this can make a real difference to our mood and energy. For instance, avoid a cool white light in the morning as this is harsher and less easy for our eyes to adjust to. Cool white lights contain blue undertones and have a higher lumen output compared to a warm white bulb. A warm white bulb has yellow undertones, which will not only be a lot easier on the eyes but also signals love, light, warmth, learning and energy to help kickstart your day off right!

We have a great selection of warm white bulbs.