How To Get Out of Bed When You Just Don't Want To

Some days, you just don't want to get out of bed. Here are some ideas to help you get up & out the door:

-Put your alarm across the room. You'll only be able to stay in bed for as long as you can stand that incessant beep beep beep.

-Promise yourself a reward. A little something special might be just what you need. A latte on the way to work? Flaunting your favourite dress?

-Out of bed but not awake? A cold shower will do it! Very effective at waking you up, plus it's good for your hair and skin.

If your tiredness stems from chronic fatigue or a mood disorder like depression, it will be more difficult to deal with. I know this from years' experience battling depression-induced hypersomnia. Here are some tips for coping with it:

-Make sure it's not medical. Get tested for anemia and sleep disorders, just in case. Both are very common co-morbid disorders, and they may be the culprit behind your exhaustion.

-Motivate yourself. Find something every day to look forward to, even if it's little. This is especially difficult (but especially rewarding) if you suffer from depression. I had a hard time with it at first, but the more you practice, the easier it gets.

-Mantras. I will get out of bed. Today is going to be a fabulous day. On the count of five I'll get up and get moving.

-In your head, run through the events of the morning. Tiny steps are least intimidating. I'm going to get up. Brush my teeth. Get dressed. Eat breakfast. Get in the car...

Good morning, gorgeous! Have a great start to your day!

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