Let me just start this off by saying I’m not naturally a morning person. For years I’ve said I operate better in the evening to night hours. Back in my undergrad days, I would schedule all of my classes to be after 11am and wouldn’t spring out of bed until close to that time. Now that true adulthood has made its way into my life, I’ve slowly tried to mold myself into a morning lover. I honestly believe the way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. So whether you’re a student, working woman, mom, girl boss, or a combination, I thought I’d list some of morning habits that I’ve learned from a few great women. Maybe we can all learn a thing or two on this journey to morning happiness.
Be Mindful and Meditate
It’s so easy to begin overthinking as soon you awake from your slumber. You may immediately jump into all the things that must be fulfilled on your long to-do list. Take a moment to reflect on the positive aspects of life or simply lay there and give yourself a few minutes of meditation. Beginning the day with appreciation and envisioning your hope for other life successes will get you closer to the right mindset.
Make Your Bed
This is one I haven’t conquered just yet. Since adolescence, I’ve believed in the silly notion “why make up your bed in the morning when you’re just going to get back in it later?” It wasn’t until a year or two ago I read that making your bed in the morning is one of the best ways to kickstart your attitude for the day. A space filled with clutter can induce stress and fill your mind with that same clutter. Making your bed is a sign that you’re taking charge of the day and it’s not taking charge of you.
Eat a Solid Breakfast
“Most important meal of the day” might be an overused phrase but it surely holds some weight. Your breakfast meal is what energizes your body and gives you what you need to get moving. If you’re munching on jammed packed sugary cereal bars, chances are you’re going to feel weighed down and unmotivated at the start of the day. Instead, try to provide your body with what it needs to crank by preparing a more nutritional meal (ex: oatmeal, fruit, green smoothie, avocado and egg toast, etc). Oh, and hold on that cup of coffee until you’ve had at least one glass of water.
Create Your Goals
The day feels so much purposeful when I have a concrete plan of action to tackle it. One way to go about this is by writing down the top priorities for the day. I encourage this strategy if you prefer not to store things mentally. A lot of times the mental route can lead to forgetfulness. Don’t get carried away by writing down a million and one things. Keep it simple and jot down your most important two to four key priorities. You’ll see a change in your productivity levels and how much you can get accomplished in 24 hours.
If you are far from a morning person like myself, that doesn’t mean you can never be. One small trick is by setting an alarm fifteen or twenty minutes early so you can knock off one of the above practices. As you get into the rhythm of things, you can adjust as needed. Most importantly, get plenty of rest!