Good morning, and happy Monday (or whatever day it is you read this post). I understand that not everybody is a morning person, who jumps out of bed and bursts of excitement for the day. Totally get it. But there are some things you can do, to make your mornings greater. Because a good morning leads to a good day.
Have a plan for the day
Set out cloth the night before. Write a to-do list and prepare your kitchen for your morning coffee, tea, and breakfast. It’s really simple things but they make your morning a whole lot easier. So that you have time for other things (such as a nice long shower, reading a few pages of your favorite book or cuddling your pet).
Get an early start
Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier as you’re used to. And use the time to make sure you get everything done you planned on doing in the morning. I, for example, hate leaving the house when the dishes aren’t done or when I need to laundry still hangs on the laundry rack. Getting these thing done also makes the afternoon/evening so much nicer when you come home and don’t have to do those tasks.
Don’t hit snooze
Just don’t. Set your alarm and get up as soon as it rings!
Get fresh air
Sunlight is the best motivator to wake up. But it’s not always sunny (at least not where I live) So I make sure I get fresh air in the morning to kickstart my day. SO what you can do: Open the window, drink your coffee on the balcony or go for a walk. If you have the time (and energy) go for a quick run after you got up or ride the bike to work. The fresh air will help you wake up and energize you!
Make your bed
Nothing says more ‘I have my shit together’ as when you make your bed in the morning. Also, tidy up your clothes and stuff that’s laying around in your bedroom. Trust me, you’ll feel way more ready and motivated. (Oh, and don’t forget to ventilate your room before you make the bed!)
A quick 10-minute cardio probably is the best way to start your morning with, but when you’re in a rush (or just don’t like to be that active in the morning) try to do some easy yoga poses or stretch. Stretching improves circulation and increases the energy level and can be done in under 5 minutes.
Have a filling breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I’m no doctor or nutritionist but I believe it’s important to have a healthy breakfast. I don’t have to be much and not the first thing you do in the morning. But at some point within the first 2 hours of being awake, I have at least a smoothie and some hot lemon water.
It may be reading the newspaper or a view pages of your favorite book. Maybe it’s dry brushing before your shower or a face mask. Take some time in the morning to do things for yourself. That is probably the number one thing I would suggest you adopt in your morning routine in order to have a great start in the day.
Have a morning skincare routine
Last but not least. Your morning skincare routine. Finding a routine that works beneficially for your needs is key. I’m not an expert (just a skincare lover) but I like my morning skincare routine to be quiet simple. Face wash, toner, eye cream, moisturizer, and SPF. Voila! You can find some adjustments I make for the colder here
Mantras to start your day with
- Every morning I start my day anew.
- I love myself. I love my life and life loves me.
- It’s ok to not have it figured out yet.
- Every day I’m moving closer to my dreams.
- I’m worth having fun today.