I am NOT a morning person. Waking up in the morning has been difficult my entire life. My ideal day would be waking up on my own at 10am, have my darling husband hand me a cup of coffee and carry me downstairs to the TV to watch hours of Orange Is The New Black. While I binge watch, he’d bring me French toast topped with bananas drizzled in chocolate….with more coffee.
Alas, life doesn’t work that way (ever, it seems *staring at husband*). I work 9-5, five days a week in order to pay for all of the stuff I seem to constantly shop for. Le sigh…first world problems.
While overhauling my diet, I started thinking a lot about overhauling my life. I work out a lot, I’m reading more books, watching less tv, taking time for myself and overall, feeling great! While I love to laze around in the mornings, I do keep busy constantly, especially when I’m at home. Be it puttering around the garden, doing laundry or cleaning the house, I generally can’t keep still. I started thinking to myself, “Jeez – how much more could I do if I changed my morning routine?” and “Boy – it would be nice to not feel rushed every single day of my life in the mornings.” That’s when it really dawned on me…maybe I should wake up a little earlier (and go to bed earlier too).
I did some research and found good advice from www.jezebel.com. When you have a moment, check out the actual article and read the comments – the comments are the best part – lol!
Now, I do not have children, and due to my terrible allergies, I had to give my beloved cat Jones to a family friend, therefore I am not woken up very early any more. I am relisting these tips and I am totally aware that they do not take into account little toddlers needing care in the morning. Any mothers out there care to add their own tips?
- Use an alarm clock. Do not use your phone as an alarm! The temptation to start browsing through every app as soon as you wake up is too great. Really. I cannot stress enough how much time I waste in the morning scrolling through Instagram while lying in bed. Your brain says: “You’ve only been doing this for 10 minutes. You’re ok.” while your clock says: “You’re going to be late again, idiot. Chiara Ferragni cannot help you.”
- The moment after you wake up is one of the most vulnerable times in your whole day. Start it off by thinking about yourself. You can’t make a difference in anyone else’s world unless you take care of you. So, focus on you for a moment, not what other people are doing on social media (because we know it’s all a lie anyway. And don’t think about what other people are thinking about you. YOU think about being the best YOU.
- Right after waking up, meditate. I know, I know. Even if you don’t know the first thing about meditation, try this: Sit up on your bed, legs crossed, breathe in and out slowly counting each inhale and exhale as 1, and then count all the way to 10. That’s it. It helps to reset your mind, calm it down, and organize your thoughts.
- This might sound dumb, but it’s been proven to reduce stress and increases performance: tell yourself one great thing about you, and believe it. “You have really great eyebrows.” or “You are one helluva blogger.” *wink*
- Get out of bed. Just do it. Take a quick moment to stretch. Touch your toes. Pop those hips. Move your head side to side.
- Before any other type of food or drink, have a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon in it. Lemon water gets your metabolism going and gives you nutrients your body needs including vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and iron, to name a few.
- Eat something real with nutritional value. Step away from the muffins, or as I like to call them “morning cupcakes”, and have some fruit-laden oatmeal or a smoothie. Try consuming carbohydrates, protein, and fiber, as you need foods that will keep you feeling full for longer or have high satiating power. Protein, dietary fiber and water have high satiating power, as well as carbs like whole grain bread and oats. (Processed carbs like the ones found in baked goods have a low satiating power.) Eating good carbs and protein will fill you up, and keep you regular…if your catch my drift.
- Give yourself enough time to get to where you’re going. SO IMPORTANT. Try saying “no” to that extra thing you want to cram into your day. Running around and rushing to every place that you go makes you an anxiety-ridden, stress ball.
Any other tips anyone would like to share? Please do so in the comments!
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