Mornings are hard. Especially the first one after a weekend and especially if you have to get up early. We can all wake up at 6am but I don’t think any of us is super excited about it. Also if you’re a bit tired and not super enthused about the events of the day it can be pretty difficult to get yourself out of bed.
These are a few things I do when I’m trying to make my mornings a little bit more delightful, especially when I’m really not feeling it!
1. Make yourself a wake up playlist
Pick your favourite four or five songs and make yourself a playlist to get ready to in the morning. After a few days you’ll roughly know how long you have before a song ends so you can time tasks to last for the duration of a song.
Song 1 – Eat breakfast
Song 2 – Have a shower
Song 3 – Get dressed and do make-up
Song 4 – Pack your bag and get out the door
It’s a great trick for people who are often running late or who respond well to audio cues. It’s also just awesome because who doesn’t want to start their day with a personal disco?
2. Check the weather forecast and lay out your clothes the night before
This always seems like a really obvious thing but it really does bear repeating. It takes all the guess-work out of choosing your clothes in the morning and you won’t waste precious minutes looking for a particular item of clothing. Have everything all laid out the night before, including underwear. It saves SO much time in the morning and stops you from getting your grumps on when you can’t find your favourite shoes at 6am. It also does have to be weather dependent – it stops you running back inside for a raincoat or jumper if it’s cold or raining.
3. Start the day with something you love doing
One of the main reasons why people hate mornings is because most mornings are full of things that aren’t pleasant. Exercise, commutes, emails, traffic. What if you woke up half an hour earlier and did something you love like reading, drawing or watching an episode of your favourite show? This small incentive might help you jump out of bed in the morning a little easier and will get your day off to a beautiful start. Sometimes I purposefully start the day by reading a chapter of my book and it’s delightful!
4. Start your day with an in-bed meditation session
Lying in bed and trying to convince yourself to get up is torture but if you get a mediation app (I like Buddhify) and listen to a positive meditation as you wake up, it totally changes your headspace. It resets your mind and helps you start your day with a clear head and a positive attitude.
5. Move your alarm clock
A few years ago, I banned my phone from my bedroom overnight and I’ve never looked back. I keep my phone in the living room and when my alarm goes off, I have to stand up and leave the bedroom to turn it off. Once you stand up, it’s harder to go back to bed so this is a brilliant trick for those of you that hit the snooze button too many times in the morning. It also stops you lying in bed wasting half an hour looking at people you don’t even like on Instagram. Amiright?