Similar to the How To Make Mornings With Kids Run Smoothly post, except this one is all about you. Since this whole year is all about you-ish, right? If your morning is better, everyone else in the house will at the very least have a pretty great head start on the right morning track too – unless there happens to be some wrong side of the bed waking up, then you’re probably just a little screwed. Before starting I should add I am naturally a morning person, BUT even if I wasn’t I think these things might help me to like the morning maybe even a teeny tiny bit more, but really what do I know.
GET TO BED EARLY
Set yourself a dream bedtime, then set yourself a real life bedtime (which is still early) – let’s call that one the back up bedtime. Shoot for the early time, your dream time and find a happy medium between that and your more realistic (back up) time. Some nights you might hit the pillow early (dreamy), but really the key is to, get enough sleep! And if you need help getting sleep, I’m a very seasoned non-sleeper so I have some tips on how to catch some zzzz’s.
DON’T JUMP OUTTA BED
Easier said then done, especially if you wake up to an alarm and fall back asleep easily (I’m looking at you Chris). Try and shoot for a slooooower wake up. Open your eyes and just sorta soak things in before getting up. Let your eyes adjust to the light, wipe the drool off your face (no? just me then), DO NOT REACH FOR YOUR PHONE (that is me yelling at myself). Smile, stretch and then get up before you start stressing and thinking about the day ahead or the night (of maybe poor sleep) behind you. Basically, give yourself at least 2-5 minutes to pretend it’s the weekend. Slow and steady most definitely wins the race when it comes to getting out of bed in the morning.
It sounds totally ridiculous and it sorta is (I think I tipped this one, in the mornings with kids post, too), but then once you try it out and have those sweet, blissful moments of quiet all to yourself, it really doesn’t feel so silly. I personally looove waking up way before everyone, I get the last few things put in everyone’s lunches, pack everyone’s backpacks and prep their breakfasts. Then I sneak out to a really really early morning yoga class – and let the kids and Chris sleep a little longer. If this all sounds totally insanely ridiculous, I won’t tell you what time I willingly wake up to do all this. But I will tell you, it’s awesome having quiet time just for me it sets my day on the right foot and I rarely ever fell tired because I did it (though I can’t be totally certain either).
YOGA OR JUST EXERCISE
I’m a broken record, I just can’t help myself! And hey I know, yoga maybe just isn’t for everyone. But maybe something else is more your cup of tea? Try the waking up before everyone trick and fit in a short practice or workout. Hit up your local gym (I know our local GoodLife Fitness opens way early and has classes at the crack of dawn), the closest studio or workout in the comfort and quiet of your sleeping home. Whatever you prefer, getting the workout/practice in before the day officially starts is amazing, it will give you so much energy and then you don’t have to try and find time (or talk yourself out of it) later on.
Maybe even with a tiny dash of Cayenne? Crazy talk, I know. Before you have coffee, or breakfast reach for a hot lemon water first. The hot lemon water kick starts your digestive system, helps strengthen your immune system, balances out your pH levels, and yet there is still a list of other great things it does for your bod (see for yourself). Basically, there is no reason not to do it.
Even if you aren’t hungry, eat something. I am OBSESSED with grapefruits (one everyday for the past 8 years of so, sorta obsessed) I usually have one and a bowl of overnight oats (different versions depending on what’s on hand). Put some yummy fuel in your body, keep it from reaching starvation mode a little later and it’s just a nice ritual to sit down and eat in the morning. Mmmmm grapefruit.
Avoid some of that morning rush and prep whatever you can every single night. Clothes, toothbrushes with toothpaste on them, portions of lunches, anything you can do to make the next day (when you are sleepy) go so much smoother. Also make sure you DO THE DISHES before you go to bed, this is me yelling at myself again.
Do you do anything that that makes your morning, better? Are you a morning person? If not, what would make you (semi, sorta even a little bit) like the mornings?