Mornings are rough.
Whether you’re a morning person or not, it’s hard to deny that getting up and getting ready for your day can sometimes be somewhat of a… scramble. My whole life I’ve been a huge culprit of the morning scramble. I’m usually running late, and I never get to accomplish all of the things I meant to, whether that be eating breakfast, going for a morning workout, or even just putting on an outfit that I’m excited to be wearing.
I think what it comes down to is preparation and routine. It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal, but there are simple things we can do before the morning to ensure that we start the next day as smoothly as possible. Because a smooth morning is the perfect setup for a wonderful, productive, happy day. Once you’re able to make a routine out of these things, they’ll all become second nature – and so will easy mornings. :)
1. Get your water ready.
We’re all probably aware that starting off the day with a fresh glass of water is incredibly beneficial for us – both mentally and physically. Instead of it being an afterthought, why not be excited for your first glass of the day? At night, fill a jug with water (one with a spout is even better), and add a bunch of fruits like lemon, blackberries, and cucumber. You’ll be starting the day with a refreshing beverage, and it took just as long as it would to fill your glass from the tap. If you need some inspiration, these infused water recipes are awesome.
2. Make space for movement.
When I have sh*t all over my floor (as I usually do), it really slows me down in the morning. I can never find anything I need, and I usually end up tripping multiple times before getting out the door. Waking up to frustration like that is not the ideal way to start the day. Try to pick everything up off your floor before going to bed (or at the very least, clear a nice pathway for yourself, ha!). Your morning self with thank you.
3. Prepare your breakfast.
Breakfast is a lot more doable in the morning when it’s already prepared! Try making something like these overnight oats, and you might just find yourself having enough time to sit down and enjoy your meal.
4. Know what you’re going to wear.
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book – and not for no reason! How long do you spend in the morning trying on a million things until you finally decide what to wear? If you choose your outfit the night before, getting dressed literally takes 30 seconds. Maybe less. Have fun with it at night – put on some music and play dress-up just like you’re a little kid. Turns out, it’s still just as fun now as it was back then.
5. Invest in a pump container.
This might sound silly, but having your shower products in pump containers is truly such a blessing. Lately I’ve been loving this Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap, which comes in a pump container. What makes it even better is that it can be used as a body wash, face wash, shampoo, and shave gel. Are you kidding me? That’s an easy morning shower right there.
6. Put your things by the door.
Maybe it’s just me, but I always find myself bringing a million things with me when I leave the house — food… my camera… craft supplies – and all too often I’ve found myself stressed out that I’m forgetting something. Then one day it hit me: If I leave all of these things by my front door, I’ll have no choice but to remember them. If it’s food that must be refrigerated, I’ll just leave an empty bag there to serve as a reminder. I can’t tell you how helpful this has been. It is such a timesaver.
7. Leave your alarm away from your bed.
This one sucks, but it certainly works. Instead of having your phone or other alarm clock right next to your bed, place it somewhere that requires you to get up in order to shut it off. You still might hit the snooze button and run back into bed, but once you’re actually out of bed, there’s a better chance that you’ll stay out. And once you realize how much more time you have when you get up earlier, you might find that mornings are actually enjoyable. Plus, I don’t think we should be sleeping with our cell phones near us anyway – I think it’s best to stay away from that radiation whenever possible!
Do you have any tips to making mornings smoother? Please share!!