What does the morning look like for you? We miss so many opportunities in the mornings to make our days that little bit better. It’s so easy to snooze, scroll, eat left over pizza for breakfast and fill up on caffeine, but is this truly benefitting how our days play out? I’m passionate about making small changes with a big impact and I’m here to let you know how great your day can be when you leave the snooze-life behind and inject intention into your mornings. This is not a checklist, do not pressure yourself to do everything. Just achieving a couple of the morning transformers below, each day, will make an exciting difference in your life.
Hi, my name is Laura and I am so grateful to be featured on Olivia’s blog today. Over on writinglaura.com I like to share information and tips for women to help with their personal growth journeys. Once you’ve read this post on 14 things to do in the morning to have a positive day, I’d love to see you over on my blog.
GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING
If, like me, you hate the feeling of waking up and feeling like a chunk of the day just evaporated into thin air, then there’s only one thing for it. Waking up early (6am is my ‘early’, what about you?) gives you extra precious hours to achieve everything you want to do, because rushing = stress.
EMBRACE DECAFFENIATED DRINKS
The best thing I did during the first lockdown was ween myself off of caffeine. I feel so much happier in the mornings, sustaining myself on my own energy levels and I do not miss the midday crash. I still drink a lot of decaffeinated tea and coffee and do not miss caffeine at all.
MOVE YOUR BODY
The endorphins released when you move your body in the morning will leave you feeling energised for the rest of the day. This doesn’t have to mean running or lifting weights. How about a dance party for one whilst the kettle is boiling? A swift yoga stretch or walk around the block will also do the trick.
HAVE A NUTRITIOUS MORNING BREAKFAST
If I have a heavy breakfast which lacks in nutrition, I feel AWFUL and need a nap by 11am. A breakfast which includes a source of healthy fat, protein, iron and carbs is what makes me feel my best. This will usually look like porridge with peanut butter and chia seeds, or a protein smoothie with a banana, spinach, protein powder and frozen berries.
PLAN YOUR DAY AHEAD
Use your phone, a pretty notebook or even a sticky note to list everything that you plan to achieve during the day ahead. This will help destress a busy mind and hold yourself accountable.
ENGAGE WITH SOMEONE WHO MAKES YOU FEEL POSITIVE
I love to have a YouTube video on in the background as I get ready in the morning. I choose someone who I find uplifting and motivating, to raise my vibe. I’ll often scroll through Instagram stories, only stopping on people who I know help me feel inspired.
DON’T PUT OFF WASHING YOUR HAIR FOR ANOTHER DAY
Hair washing can feel like such an effort, especially if, like me, you have a lot of it. We reach for the dry shampoo and opt for day three of the slicked back, messy bun look. No matter how fake-clean you make your hair look, you still spend the day feeling gross. Let’s break the habit! Clean hair will help you feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
WEAR SOMETHING YOU FEEL CONFIDENT IN
Whilst our comfies are basically the official sponsor of 2020, putting them on every day can leave us feeling uninspired and not cute. Wearing an outfit a little more styled, that you feel confident in will make you feel like you mean business.
MAKE YOUR BED IN THE MORNING
This will instantly make your bedroom look tidier and make you feel like you have your life together.
GET YOUR CHORES OUT OF THE WAY
Whether you need to put a wash on or mop the kitchen floor, if you can get chores out of the way in the morning, you’ll feel accomplished and they won’t weigh you down throughout the day.
Think of at least three things that you feel grateful for each morning. You can either write them down, or, if you’re wanting a quicker gratitude fix, you could think about them as you brush your teeth.
BREATHE IN FRESH AIR
One of the first things I do in the morning is open a door or a window and breathe in the fresh air outside. It makes me feel awake and excited for the day ahead.
INVEST IN A SUNRISE ALARM CLOCK
Our phone alarm’s abrupt awakening is kind of rude. Shrill and loud, it’s not the nicest way to start a new day. Sunrise alarm clocks, however, gradually fill your room with light, so that you wake up naturally. Then, at your normal alarm time, it’ll play a nature sound of your choice. My favourite is singing birds.
How do you start your day off in a positive way?
I’d love to know what gets you energised for a new day and how you add a sprinkle of self-care to your mornings.