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How to Wake Up on Cold Winter Mornings
Friday, October 7th, 2016
Waking up in the morning during those cold winter months can be torture. However, we think it can be made easier…
We know it’s gotten a lot colder in the UK in the past couple of weeks. It’s gotten a lot darker in the mornings too. This can make the whole getting out of bed experience pretty difficult. The dark rooms and the cold climate can fool you into feeling like it’s still time to be asleep. Sadly it’s not the case. So, how can we all wake up easier on winter mornings?
Cold glass of water.
As soon as you wake up, have a drink. Cold water will help make you feel more awake and will stimulate your body. It’s also a great way to kickstart your metabolism for the day! If you’re more of a coffee person, you can do that too. A programmable coffee machine might be a good investment for you. This means you can set a time for your coffee to start brewing. Ensuring you really do wake up and smell the coffee.
One of the worst things you can do is reason with yourself. Don’t allow yourself to argue why you deserve another half an hour, or how you can skip this or that to have more time in bed. You will end up feeling worse for skipping a part of your morning routine rather than feeling better for having a little bit longer in bed. Get up and make yourself busy and you’ll be awake before you know it.
Give yourself a reason to get up.
We all have our motivations. For some, we like to spend a little more time of our appearance, or we like to have a great breakfast. Find a reason to get you up and out of bed. Try a new hairstyle that day or have a warm breakfast instead of cereal or toast. Find something that you’ll look forward to when you wake up. That way it’ll feel like less of a chore to wake up and get out of bed.
Don’t fall back asleep.
We know the feeling, you wake up, check your clock and you’ve got 10 minutes left. you’re annoyed that you’ve woken up just 10 minutes before your alarm but you go back to sleep anyway. Don’t! The fact that you have woken up just before your alarm means you’re in a routine and your body clock is telling you that you’ve had enough sleep. Get up and spend that 10 minutes doing something. If you go back to sleep you’re more likely to feel more drowsy when you wake up again.
A morning shower.
A morning shower does absolute wonders for people. It’s a sure way to wake you up and make you feel better about the day ahead. The water and change in temperature will promote circulation in the body, therefore, battling the cold climate. A rousing mint or tea tree body wash might help with that as well!
Think about what you have to do that day.
Hopefully this tip doesn’t cause premature stress for the day ahead. But, focusing on what you need to do that day will get you into the right mindset. Less focus on how much you want to be in bed and more focus on what you want to get done that day. That way you will accomplish more during the day and be raring to go.
Exercise each morning.
We all do want to keep fit but we don’t always have the drive to. Scheduling time to exercise in the morning should help with that. If you choose to wake up early and exercise your body will become accustomed to it. Exercise will also stimulate your mind and we guarantee your working day will benefit from some morning exercise. Also, just think, if its over with in the morning you don’t have to do it when you get home!
We suppose if all of this fails you can just leave your phone at the other end of the room so you have to get up and out of bed for your alarm in the morning… Do you have any tips on how to wake up in the morning? If you do, let us know!
Autumn/Winter Styling Ideas for Men
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
We all know summer has well and truly ended. The first of October is at the end of the week and nights have gotten significantly longer. So, what seasonal style moves should you be making with your hair? We’re going to dish out some A/W styling ideas for men.
In the UK when we enter a new season, we’re made well and truly aware of it. It’s gotten colder and wind and rain is becoming more frequent. Your hair has to be ready for that. You need to have styling ideas in your back pocket for every season…
Number 1 – Slick is Sleeker
Something a little smarter may be more apt for A/W. Overall styling ideas for men in these seasons veer towards tailored coats and smarter boots. Opting for a slicker look will match this vibe a lot better. Pomades, a side parting and a pompadour are more likely to hold in the autumnal winds and rain. Should you get caught in it. So that it’s not too formal, focus on texture and body on the top. You don’t want it plastered to your head.
Number 2 – Practice with Pastes
When the weather changes, it’s a good idea to move away from the natural finishes created by texturising dusts. Or the textured volume created by salt sprays. Why not try a paste or a cream instead. Running it through your hair from the root and styling your hair. Since its also hat season, pastes offer you the ability to restyle it throughout the day. Although, it isn’t suitable for finer hair.
Number 3 – Shift the Stubble
Not in the sense of getting rid of it. But instead, in the sense of mixing it up. Beards are still incredibly popular. With winter approaching beards are a good way to keep your face just a little bit warmer. If you haven’t already got one, grow one! If you have, take care of it. Use moisturiser or beard oil to keep the hair and the skin underneath hydrated. Beard dandruff isn’t one of our styling ideas.
Number 4 – Twin the Times
While early autumn lends itself to a new, exciting style, make sure you don’t go overboard with a look that you can’t handle. Go for something manageable. You can go for a short back and sides, with a nicer taper – and keep the top textured, but neat. Stylish but easy to maintain in the unruly weather.
Number 5 – Suit your Style
Don’t be that guy who wants a simple messy haircut and beard, though he works in the city and wears a pinstripe suit every day. Instead, take your overall look into consideration. Don’t mix too many trends. Get a hairstyle that suits your lifestyle. Not the lifestyle you wish you had.
We hope these styling ideas are useful for you during the current seasonal change. Are you going to be switching up your look? If so what kind of look are you going for? Let us know!