Not all of us deal with mornings very well. There are those that just really struggle to get up in the morning, find that spring in their step, get out the door on time, and embrace that positive morning attitude. What’s more, a rough start to the day is something that can snowball and really set the entire course of your day off-kilter too, making for one issue after another.
If this all sounds familiar, then there’s a good chance you aren’t what’s called a morning person, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for stressful mornings each and every day. It’s time to break that cycle, and start enjoying a better life. We’ve put together six hacks that will kick-start your mornings in a more positive way and help set the course for your day.
Go to Bed Earlier
One of the best adjustments you can make to your morning schedule is to go to bed earlier. Getting enough sleep has a domino effect – but in a positive way. It means you can wake up a little easier the next morning, feel more refreshed, and have the ability to focus and think clearly.
For those who have gotten into the habit of going to bed late, it may be necessary to set up a whole new nighttime routine while you get used to this new bedtime. Just be sure to stick with it, even on weekends, at least for a few weeks until it becomes a habit. This will also be enough time to provide results, so you’ll see how much easier waking up is and how much better you feel.
Stop Hitting the Snooze Button
As tempting as it is to hit the snooze button on your alarm clock, chances are that after hitting it a few times, the result will be waking up in a panic because now you have very little time to get ready. That means you’ll have to rush around to get out the door, potentially skipping important steps like eating a healthy breakfast, and then leaving the house feeling flustered and likely forgetting things.
If you find it too tempting to hit the snooze button, then maybe it’s time to replace your alarm clock with one that doesn’t offer that feature.
Go Ahead and Let the Sunlight In
Another expert tip is to open up your curtains or blinds and let that sun in right away. Sure, it may seem a little bright, but did you know that it can help with your sleep/wake cycle? That's right, the sunlight will help to wake you up and get your body moving.
Lay Out Your Clothes the Night Before
Another issue that you can nip in the bud is the problem of figuring out what to wear. Some people may be able to just open up the closet and pull together an outfit quickly and easily, while others may find themselves trying on item after item, tossing each one away in a fit of indecision. So, what’s the best solution? You can start laying your clothes out the night before. This takes away all questions in the morning and can really speed up the entire routine.
This tip can also be applied to anything else you need to take with you in the morning such as a briefcase, work-related documents and items, your computer, and so forth. Having everything ready to go means no rushing around looking for items last minute.
Give Yourself Time for a Nice Hot Beverage
Drinking a cup of coffee or tea in the morning is about more than just that jolt of caffeine; it can also be a really relaxing moment - even in the rush of a morning. Giving yourself enough time to enjoy this portion of the morning can be pivotal to your general mood as you leave the house, helping you to feel a bit more peppy and happy to get the day started. Of course, picking out both coffee and tea pods in varieties that excite you and make you want to try them can also act as that motivation to get up out of bed and start the day.
Choose a Healthy Breakfast
Now comes one of the most important hacks of the entire morning, and that is to eat a healthy well-balanced breakfast. This is what will provide you with the fuel you need to get through the morning, helping you to stay focused. It’ll give you the ability to concentrate, improve your mood, and chase away those tired feelings. As the experts continuously say, breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day.
Keep in mind that it’s not about picking one hack off this list, rather it comes down to a combination of hacks that will have a real impact on your morning routine and your mood.