Happy Monday, everyone! Are you like me? Do you have two alarms set on your phone half an arm's length away, so you can hit snooze over and over without even waking up? Since this is the day we all drag our feet the most every week, I thought it appropriate to talk about how we can improve our morning routines, to set a better tone for our entire day.
My mornings usually consist of the same old snooze routine, followed by a last minute shower (if I can drag myself out of bed early enough) and barely making it out of the house in time to hit traffic so I can be 10 minutes late for work. Every morning my bed has become the perfect little cottony cocoon. It is so hard to will myself to leave this delightful situation I've found myself in, and I end up sleeping too long. So, if you're like me, what can we do about our morning lags?
Apparently, the internet is chock full of great ideas on how to start your morning right. When I say start it right, I mean start it purposefully so that you're not waking up while you're halfway through your thirty minute commute (because that is what I do every day).
Below are the tips I found that seemed the easiest, and the most helpful, for us regular Joes and Janes with regular nine-to-fiver lives:
Having the phone next to us so that we can just tap the screen and go back to sleep is the best invention since sliced bread, but it also makes it extra easy to keep on snoozing every single morning. If you have to get up to turn off the alarm, you're going to be awake by the time you turn it off. It's a lot less likely that you'll hit snooze and get back in bed just to have to jump out again in nine minutes. The bed cocoon has been broken open and is no longer the temperature of perfection. You might as well get on with your day.
This makes getting dressed, for those of you out there who change multiple times, a breeze. This one I've started doing, and it makes it so I can get dressed in two minutes. I just go to my closet, and put on the already chosen outfit. It has cut ten minutes, at least, off my morning routine. That's ten minutes I could use to meditate or make a simple breakfast!
We all need more water. There are some of us who are perfect and get our minimum of eight cups, but most of us are not those types of people. Get your glass of water first thing, and it will get your body hydrated and ready to get going. It will also help "move things along" ifyaknowwhatImean.
How many times do you rush out the door at the last minute only to forget to eat anything? By the time you get to work, you're starving and rush for the donuts on the break room counter, only to crash and burn an hour before lunch. Getting up with enough time to eat breakfast not only gets your body on a regular eating schedule, so you crave junk less often, but also gives you energy to get through work until lunchtime.
Meditation is said to be one of the best things a person can do for themselves. Often we get so busy in our day to tasks that we forget to set aside time to just be with ourselves. No phones, no emails, no tv, nobody else. The time can be spent setting the mood for your entire day, creating an atmosphere of calm, mapping out your goals for the day, writing in a journal, jogging, stretching, or whatever you do that helps you feel peaceful. The great thing about this one is it gives you the time you need for yourself before everything else gets in the way. Now, no matter what hits you, every day you've had the moments to yourself that you needed.
Sounds easy enough, right? I think I'll start with eating breakfast, work my way up to stopping my snooze routine, and finding time to meditate or journal. Hopefully, if I succeed, I've found time to meditate, get in a quick jog, and eat breakfast.