I’ve never been much of a morning bird. That being said, I’m not quite the night owl either. I’m usually some type of perpetually-sleepy parakeet. But I’m definitely my worst in the mornings. It takes me the entire bus ride to work and then some to even begin to fully wake up. Don’t talk to me til I’ve had my coffee would be my motto, if I drank coffee. Sadly, without that boost, I’m usually struggling to find energy to get my day moving, and those sluggish mornings end up leading to a low-energy level that lingers throughout the day. Your morning routine is the most important time to get yourself up, moving, motivated, and energized. How you start the day is imperative in shaping how the rest of it goes.
This year, I’m striving to develop a routine to kickstart my mornings, and I’m urging anyone to do the same! This routine isn’t just about the morning, but how you prep the night before as well. By taking steps to take care of both your physical and mental health, you’ll find yourself more energized each day, and a little happier, organized, healthier, and more productive as well. Grab the bull by the horns each morning and say, I’ve got this.
My morning routine looks a little something like this ~
BEFORE YOU GO TO BED…
Set out your clothes for the next day.
Wash and moisturize your face.
Preset your coffee maker for the next morning. If you’re heading into work, prep your breakfast and lunch for the next day so you don’t have to worry about it in the morning.
No screens before bed. Give yourself some time to check social media, but avoid doing this right before you go to sleep. Instead, you can…
Read a chapter of a book, or journal about your day.
Drink a glass of water before you go to bed
Set your alarm and plug your phone in across the room and out of reach. You’ll have to get up to turn of your alarm in the morning, so no more hitting the snooze button twenty times.
WHEN YOU WAKE UP…
Strive to wake up a little earlier than you usually would. This gives you more time to get ready at your own ease, to wake up, and to leave a little earlier. Set your alarm to go off a little earlier every day… five minutes, then ten, then fifteen.
Drink a glass of water, and eat breakfast! There’s a reason they call it the most important meal of the day.
Do a short cardio workout to get your blood moving and your energy up. I found this routine on Pinterest and it’s a great way to get moving with a short workout – 10 jumping jacks, 10 squats, 10 calf raises, 10 side reaches, 10 lunges, 10 jumping jacks, and 10 more squats.
Being on time should mean being five minutes early. Try to be out the door five minutes earlier than you usually leave.
Set one goal for the day. No matter what it is, give yourself something to accomplish and a reason to feel motivated.
What does your morning routine look like?
Check out my resolutions for taking better care of yourself here.