Somehow, moving back to West Virginia has taught me how to have a better morning and not dread the early hours so much. Six months ago I would have laughed in your face if you told me that was going to happen. but once we got settled into our new place I found myself waking up early, excited about cooking breakfast, and enjoying more fulfilling days.
I’ve found a morning routine that works for me and that I actually look forward to each day. My days are more productive and even though I’m waking up earlier I feel more rested. I credit all of it to the 7 little changes I made to my morning routine.
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- Wake up to the sun – The sunrise streams through our master bedroom window and hits the bed right across the pillows. I open the window blinds a little bit before going to bed to allow the light in. It slowly brightens our room which wakes me with the sun. It’s much gentler than a blaring alarm and feels more natural. I set my alarm as a backup but I almost never sleep until it goes off. If you don’t get natural morning sun this sunrise alarm simulates the sun so you get the same benefits.
- Indulge in (limited) social media – There are people telling you to avoid social media in the morning but I actually hop on social media first thing in the morning. I check to see what’s trending on Twitter in case a big news story broke and browse Instagram to see what happened the night before. I limit social media to 15 minutes then start my day.
- Keep flexibility in your schedule – I’m amazed by people that wake up and run off to a 5am yoga class. I couldn’t do it. Waking up and immediately having a place to be doesn’t set me up for a blissful morning but it does for a lot of other people. Find what works for you and stay flexible. I’ve started using this Good Morning Sunshine yoga class with PraDeep Teotia because I can do it on my time. You could also consider a full work-out, a short walk, or basic stretching if that’s what makes you feel good about yourself and the day ahead.
- Eat…whatever – There are mornings I wake up and feel so energized I make waffle sandwiches with fried eggs and avocado as well as a side of cinnamon apples. Other mornings I wake up and lazily grab a scone from a pile I made 3 days ago. The important thing is to eat a breakfast without stressing over making it a huge meal. No one is giving out awards for “Best Breakfast Eater”.
- Allow yourself to indulge – If you could reward yourself with a 5-minute indulgence in the morning, how would you do it? Would you watch an episode of your favorite show? Have an extra cup of hot coffee? Sneak a second glazed scone? Whatever it is, occasionally reward yourself with something just for you and you’ll learn to look forward to this special alone time.
- Have a few go-to looks – My go-to look is jeans, a cotton tee, and ballet flats. It’s fuss-free, comfortable, and convenient while I’m working from home and dealing with dogs. There are mornings I feel like investing in getting styled for the day but there are plenty of other mornings where I want something hassle-free. On those hassle-free mornings, I have go-to looks I can put on and feel great. No stress. No pressure.
- Make your bed – I’ve mentioned it before but making the bed helps put me at ease for the rest of the day. It acts as a visual confirmation that sleep time is over and it’s time to move on with the rest of your day. It doesn’t take but maybe 2 minutes so it’s a simple thing to cross off your to-do list.
Any other tips to help you have a better morning?