Rise and Shine
Oh, morning. Somedays we are besties but some days you can go away and never come back. Does that ever feel like you? It’s ok because we are human but if you are struggling with your mornings, there are some things you can do to make it just a tad bit easier. It takes a little planning and commitment and your mornings can become so much more comfortable.
Can you do it?
Of course, you can. Having a better morning doesn’t require rocket science or drastic measures but baby steps. Naturally, some individuals are better suited for the mornings while some are better suited for the evenings. With a little patience, perseverance, and planning (Ha! My 3 P’s), you will have better mornings in no time. Below are five tips to a better morning.
Before anything else, before you go to bed, pick out your clothes for the next day. Do you remember doing this as a child so that your mornings were smoother and mom wasn’t yelling at you to get ready? The same concept without the mother. By laying out your clothes the night before, you reduce your time getting ready in the morning and then getting frustrated with your outfits. At the same time, you are allowing your brain sufficient time for waking up without overloading it with decision making first things upon getting up.
Write it down
After the day is over and you are winding down, write out your plan for the next day. Use sticky notes, a planner, even the Notes app on your phone. The goal is to write what you want to accomplish the next day. It frees up your brain in the morning so that it can focus on the important things without being overwhelmed with a must-do first thing.
Don’t pick up your phone. It is such a nasty habit that so many of us have. We pick our phones up as we contemplate getting out of bed and connect with the social media world before we may even say ‘hello’ to our spouse. Instead, put your phone across the room if you use it as an alarm clock or in another room altogether.
People underestimate the power of stretching. You’ve been in a supine position for so long that stretching helps loosen those muscles up again, and it gets the blood flowing. Blood flowing = oxygen flowing to the brain to aid in waking up. Think of stretching as coffee for your brain sans caffeine!
Stop skipping this meal. Just stop. Use this meal to fuel your body. Donuts, bagels, croissants, coffee, soda and the like are not great body fueling options. They are full of sugar and carbs that may fill us up and make us more alert but at what cost. Use this as your first step of the day so that your intentions are clear. Good food means you feel better about yourself. When you feel better about yourself, you are more optimistic. Optimism leads to better outlooks. All of this can lead to a better morning.
Pretty simple, right? These just take a little planning but nothing outrageous and your mornings will be better.
How do you make sure you have good mornings? Tell me in the comment section below and if you liked this, check out my post on Starting A Routine.