I was NEVER much of a morning person. I’d wake up crabby and just not in the mood. Those shirts that say things like ‘don’t talk to me until after I’ve had my coffee’ summed me up pretty well. But the truth was, I didn’t want to be that way. I aspired to be different. I wanted to be that person who wakes up early, meditates, makes breakfast and did all the things that would make my crabby self roll my eyes which truthfully was out of envy. So, I worked on it. And worked on it. And worked on it some more.
Turns out that going to 6am workout classes isn’t the key to making myself a morning person. That made me worse. But there are a handful of things that I found that do work and I swear by them. Here are my secrets to better mornings, and ultimately, waking up in a happier mood:
Rise with the sun (currently around 6:50am – not bad, right?)
When dreaming about eating the most delicious calorie-free ice cream on the beach while holding hands with Leonardo Dicaprio who is madly in love with you, the last thing you want is a loud beep blaring in your ear. That “take me back to that dreammmm!!!!” feeling is REAL. I avoid the noise of a brutal alarm by opening up all of the blinds before going to bed which allows for the sun to drench our room and kiss my face as a wake-up call. It’s natures way of setting an alarm, and I promise, it’s a much more beautiful way to open up the best two gifts of your day: your eyes.
Keep your phone on airplane mode
I’ve written about this how many times? I can not stress enough the life changing-ness this habit will bring you. Airplane mode keeps all your notifications from coming through which means no emails, texts, Instagram live notifications (when will they turn those off?!), et al. Leave your phone on airplane mode until you’re done with your morning routine so that you don’t wake up and instantly feel stressed from everything that has piled up. When you’re ready to take on the day and handle life, turn off airplane mode off.
Love yourself up
If you rise with the sun, your day will naturally be longer (assuming you used to wake up a little later). Take this time for YOU. Meditate, stretch, take a long shower, go for a walk, spend the extra few minutes putting on an outfit that makes you feel like a BOSS, or do whatever it is that makes you feel good. You deserve it!
Absorb your nutrients
Before eating or drinking anything else, take advantage of an empty belly by coating your stomach with what’s most important. Think a probiotic, specific vitamins and minerals and/or medicine (thyroid in my case).
Get out ahead of flushing your system by drinking warm water with lemon, mint tea or simply a glass of water. It’s energizing and mood-enhancing, helps balance pH levels, hydrates the lymphatic system AND cleanses and detoxes your body.
What are your secrets to a better morning?