We all know the struggle: we begin the day by hitting the snooze button five times until we must drag ourselves out of bed. When we finally wake up, it’s a race to get out the door; we rush to shower, do our hair and quickly gather our things for the day, never making time to eat breakfast, hence we leave the house feeling irritable.
That was my life, a year ago, before I made a few changes to my morning routine.
Now? I’d rather wake up earlier and have an amazing start to the day. It sets the tone for the day. Taking my time and getting things out-of-the-way means I’m not rushed or stressed.
So, if the sound of your morning alarm is worse to you than nails on a chalkboard, and if the thought of sunbeams through your window is cringe-indulging, this post is for you.
1. Start your morning the night before.
Before going to bed, take out only 5 minutes to plan for the coming day. Whether it’s about making a to-do list or preparing your outfit – so you’re only left to pop it on – this technique will help make your morning less dreadful and more stress free. You get it out-of-the-way and free up that mental energy and feel much more organized in the mornings.
2. Lose the Snooze.
Start your first day with setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier and continue doing that each day so you’re accustomed to being an early riser. And honestly, even 15 minutes can make a whole load of difference when it comes to mornings.
Also, keep your phone far from your bed so that when the alarm goes off, you have to actually get up and walk to switch it off, and that itself is what wakes you up.
(Alarmy is the app that worked as the game-changer for me. Give it a try?)
*Change your alarm tone to a calm and pleasant one to wake up to a relaxed, positive attitude.
3. Tune out tech for at least 30 minutes after waking up.
Trust me when I say this: it’s okay if you don’t reply to your messages/e-mails first thing in the morning, or don’t check what your friends have posted on social media as soon as you wake up. It really is okay. The world will not end; but you definitely will have a much more productive & cheerful morning.
When you focus more on you than on others, you guaranteed live a much more blissful life.
4. Hydrate yourself.
I can not tell you enough how important and how beneficial this is. Drinking a glass of warm lemon water – as you wake up – not only boosts your immune system but also cleanses your system and aids digestion. (And of course there are way more benefits to it, that are too long to list.)
It has, undoubtedly, helped me wake up with a much clearer mind and given me the energy to face the day ahead with a positive attitude.
5. Stretch/ Meditate/ Exercise.
Set aside some time to get your blood flowing. It can be for only 5-10 minutes; something as simple as meditation or a few Yoga postures that help awaken your muscles and body. It’s important for mental health & helps you keep a composed and elated attitude throughout your day.
Also, exercise is super important, not just to get your heart moving but for a fit and productive day.
I, personally, use the 5K Runner app to keep me motivated & improve my fitness routine.
6. Treat yourself to a healthy breakfast.
Research suggests that eating breakfast, specially, carbohydrate-rich, can improve your mood. Eating in the morning after a night’s slumber will provide glucose to your starved brain. Most people are also likely to be happier and less grouchy when they aren’t distracted by hunger pangs.
Try to pick something that is nourishing to both your mind and body. Rather than eating in a hurried manner, make an effort to savor and enjoy your food.
7. Make your bed & de-clutter.
In a survey of 68,000 humans by Hunch.com, 71% of bed makers consider themselves happy; while 62% of non-bed makers admit to being unhappy. Bed makers are also more likely to like their jobs, exercise regularly & feel well rested, whereas non-bed makers hate their jobs, avoid the gym & wake up feeling tired. All in all, bed makers are happier and more successful than their rumple-sheeted peers.
I could never believe that such a small thing could make any difference in my life, until, one fine day, I decided to give it a go.
Astound, I finally understood what they meant. It just does make you happy. You can think with a better, a much clearer mindset. When your room is clutter-free, you are bound to procrastinate less and be productive.
For the past one year, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
⇒Have a fab day, you beautiful people!
⇒Lots of love coming your way. ♥ xx