Happy Monday everyone! For the last two weeks, I’ve been an honorary morning person. I never was a fan of waking up early and it usually takes 3 alarms and human yelling to get me out of bed before 10 am. But because of work situations, I’ve been waking up around 7 these past few weeks. As someone who struggles with waking up early and being productive, I thought I’d share a few of my tips with you:
1. Let the Sunshine In
The first thing I do when I wake up is open my curtains and let the sunshine in. The natural light really helps me wake up and feel alive. If you wake up before the sun, turn on some bright lights. Any light will make your body feel ready to get up and get on with the day. Maybe it has something to do with being born and raised a Florida girl, but I can’t do anything without my sunshine.
Whether you’re drinking water or coffee (or tea or juice or milk or whatever you like) you should get some fluids through your body first thing. This will not only help you wake up and feel refreshed, it’s a good way to start your day off hydrated. I don’t eat breakfast. At least not right away. I can’t eat first thing in the morning without being sick to my stomach. I have to wait a few hours and even then I like to eat something light like a bagel or fruit. Drinking a big glass of ice cold water makes me feel full, even if I’m not.
3. Get Social
A lot of people say that you shouldn’t get on your phone first thing in the morning. While I completely see the reasoning behind that, it’s also an important part of most people’s rituals to check social media as soon as they wake up. I have two reasons why I think it’s a good practice for the morning. Number one is that staring at that bright phone light will force your eyes into waking up. Secondly, if you spend 10-15 minutes on your phone in the morning, you can hopefully neglect you social media for the rest of the morning, allowing you to get more done in that time than if you were constantly on your phone.
4. Be Prepared
Lay out everything you will need the night before. Whether it’s picking out clothes, making a lunch, or getting important papers in order. Nothing is worse than stressing in the morning about getting everything ready to go. The most important thing for me is my meal prep. If I don’t do it the night before, I will almost certainly not do it in the morning, and then I end up spending money on fast food that I shouldn’t even be eating in the first place. So make things easier on the groggy morning version of yourself.
5. Center Yourself
Take a few moments to reflect and be calm. Whether it’s while in the shower, meditating, or sitting and drinking your coffee. It’s important to break from the hustle and bustle and breathe. You can also use this time for gratitude, planning your day, etc. Just take a few minutes for you when you don’t have anything else calling for your attention.
Do you have any other tips for making your morning productive and successful? Are you a morning or night person? Thanks for reading!