Are you a morning person? I never used to be. I used to dread mornings. I always wondered how one could possibly be a morning person. I started practicing these 8 habits that I’m about to share with you, and now mornings aren’t so bad. In fact, I actually enjoy them. What we do in the mornings can have a powerful impact on how the rest of our day goes. So if you’re not a morning person, keep reading!
Get Enough Sleep / Create a Sleep Schedule
Okay, I know this is the most common tip everybody gives everybody but sleep truly is crucial. When I didn’t have a job, I got used to falling asleep around 1 am and then sleeping until 10 am. Once I had a job, my body got so used to falling asleep around 1 am when I had to be up at 5 am. See the problem? I had to retrain myself and my body to get ready for bed around 9 pm but before that was successful, I was a miserable zombie! It’s so important to create a sleep schedule that works for you that also has you getting at least 6 hours of sleep a night. There’s a big difference in how I feel when I get 4 hours of sleep vs a full 6 to 8 hours!
Open The Curtains / Windows
When I first get out of bed, I like to open my curtains to let the sunshine in. Sun is scientifically proven to boost our mood so if the sun’s out, curtains are open! If it’s a nice spring morning, I will even go open my sliding door to get some fresh air circulating! Something about having the sun beam through the window and feeling the crisp fresh air is so refreshing. It’s a great way to start your morning right away.
Coffee (Or Tea) Time!
I don’t know about you but a nice cup of coffee is what truly gets me ready to take on the world in the mornings. It’s the thought of coffee that actually gets me out of bed. It’s ridiculous, I know. If you’re not a coffee person, brew a cup of tea! Green tea and honey is a good option to drink in the morning. Green tea has a little bit of caffeine too.
A Nutritional Breakfast
I am not much of a breakfast person but I’ve been trying to get in the habit of making myself some toast and eggs in the morning. If I’m not in the mood to cook, I just grab a simple granola bar. Getting something in your system in the morning is important and will actually give you enough energy to keep going throughout your day instead of burning out quickly.
Plan Out Your Day
Every morning, I love sitting down with my cup of coffee and grabbing my planner to write down everything I want to accomplish that day. Even if it’s one thing as simple as “Clean the apartment.” Especially on days when I don’t work, I find it motivating to have things to get done during the day. I’ll be honest, this step is crucial for me because if I don’t plan out my day, I will end up on my couch watching Netflix. This definitely adds some structure to my day.
Listening to music creates the mood for me every morning. If you like to have calm mornings, maybe you’d settle for some chill and calming music. For me, I often love listening to upbeat motivating music and dancing around my living room. Yes, I’m that type of morning person. Something about it makes me feel like I can conquer the world, or at least the day!
Stretch / Light Exercise
Another thing I love doing in the morning is doing some stretches. Preferably with that fresh air coming in through the screen door! Coffee is great for waking your mind up and giving you energy but stretching and doing some light exercise helps wake up your body and gets it ready for the day. It also feels really good and when you feel good, you’re more likely to have a good day.
Get Dressed / Ready
If you have plans for the day, this step should already be happening but if your plans are to just stay home for the day, you should still get dressed and ready. It’s nice to have a lazy pajama day every once in awhile but if you’re trying to get stuff done, getting dressed will get you in the right headspace. Get dressed, brush your hair, put on a little bit of makeup if you want and conquer your day!
Those are the 8 morning habits you should practice to have a great and successful day! Remember that mornings don’t have to be your enemy and it is possible to become a morning person. Let me know if you practice these habits already or are willing to!