First of all, let’s just all agree that sleeping is a great thing. The fuzzy feeling of snuggling in comfy sheets especially when it’s chilly outside- it doesn’t get any better than this. BUT, there is a whole world outside and if we want to crush it we need to leave our beds. Starting your morning right can set the tone for the rest of the day.
I know some people proclaim themselves as “not morning people”. I personally believe you can change any habit, you just need to work on it. So first step is to believe you’re capable of becoming a morning person. Stop saying “I hate mornings” – and mornings will now become your absolute best friends.
I say the secret to a great morning starts the night before. I’ve mentioned in a previous post how to make desitions takes up so much of our time. So eliminate that headache in the morning and choose your outfit for the day, organize your bag and even know what you’re going to have for breakfast and check you have all the ingredients. This will save you a lot a valuable time and hassle in the morning.
Make sure you get enough sleep so you’ll feel energized in the morning and ready to conquer the day. Our sleeping quality directly affects our mental and physical health during our waking hours.
Read all about these: 8 simple steps that will immediately improve your night’s sleep
You want to teach yourself how to wake up earlier? Start with baby steps. If you’re a 9 am kinda person, setting your alarm to 6 am and just expect it to work will obviously set you to fail. Adjust your sleep schedule by 15 minutes each day or two until you’ll get used to it.
Once you hit your desirable wake-up time, try to be consistent. This helps to regulate your body’s clock, optimize your sleep and make it easier for you to wake up.
Just say no.
Setting up 10 alarms 5 minutes apart is not a clever way to wake up, even if you think it is. You’re not fooling anyone but yourself. You know that another alarm is going to go off so you allow yourself that extra snooze. In the end, that extra half hour of on-and-off low quality sleep will only make you crankier.
TIP #1: set 10 alarms one-minute intervals. Sleeping through this will be much harder.
TIP #2: Try this at your own risk! set one alarm with no snooze options. You’ll know there are no more alarms coming so you’ll have to get up.
TIP #3: put your phone somewhere you can’t reach from your bed so you’ll have to get up.
You have to let your body and mind know it’s morning. As soon as you get up, open the curtains and let in some natural light in. I really hope for you it’s not – but if it’s still dark outside just turn on the lights.
Making your bed is a great way to let yourself know your day has begun and to close off the possibility of crawling back to bed. This little accomplishment will set the tone for the entire day and will encourage you to do another task and another.
Read all about the reasons why you should make your bed in the morning in this post.
I think music is a universal consensus. This will help you get energized and make the proses of getting ready in the morning much more enjoyable. Make sure you a have a killer playlist in hand and while you’re at it feel free to add a little dance while you brush your teeth.
I love using the Spotify app. You can choose your favorite artist there or just a “morning mood”. Currently on my morning playlist – Khalid and his smooth R&B to get me in the groove.
Once you’re up, go ahead and give your body a little nudge. When you sleep, your muscles lose tone and fluid tends to pool along your back. Stretching helps to massage fluid gently back into the normal position. Stretching can be a great way to ease yourself physically and mentally into the day.
Before you go and pure yourself a nice cup of coffee, yes before – have a glass of warm water with a lemon/lemon juice on an empty stomach. This rich source of vitamin C every morning can produce amazing results including weight loss.
If you’re still not convinced read these: 15 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water in Morning Empty Stomach
Ahhhh breakfast, the most important meal of the day! Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. Starting your day without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no petrol!
I know you’re super busy, but don’t skip breakfast. Research shows those who eat breakfast are less likely to be overweight and more likely to be within their ideal weight range compared with breakfast skippers. Need I say more? LOL
Try one of these 39 Healthy Breakfasts for Busy Mornings
One of the hard things about mornings is that you need to leave the comfiness of your bed to do something you don’t want to do. It’s could get really hard to convince yourself to leave the snuggly goodness to go and face the world.
One way to solve this is to know that as soon as you wake up you’re going to do something enjoyable. It could be going to work out if that is something you enjoy, journal, listen to morning inspiration, eat something delish or any small thing that will uplift your morning. It has to be something you’ll look forward to.
Before you step into the grind, set a positive intention for the day. Think about the day you want to have, what you hope to accomplish today – get yourself excited about the day to come. Decide you’re going to have a good day. Tell yourself you’re going to have a good day.
Healthy morning rituals set the tone for the rest of the day. At the end of the day (or the beginning) we are creatures of habit. It may take some time to master your morning routine but once you’ve found it try to stick with it. Nearly every productivity expert recommends a morning routine in order to start your day right.
Think if you’re more of a loner in the morning (kind of don’t-talk-to-ma-before-my-coffee person) or you can share your morning routine with someone? Working buddy? Having breakfast with your loved ones? Accountability is always a good idea.
Don’t be hard on yourself if this takes time. Rome wasn’t built in one morning either. Even master morning ninja’s struggle waking up sometimes. If you need that extra hour of sleep instead of working out or journaling one morning, give it to yourself and don’t feel guilty. Start slowly and with trial and error find the morning routine that suits best for you.
Would love to hear from you! Are you a “morning person” or do you struggle to get up? What tricks do you use to help you get going?
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