While I don’t consider myself a grumpy person in the morning, having the alarm clock go off anytime before – let’s say – 7 o’clock is cruel. I start work at 7 a.m. and my alarm usually goes off around 5:45 a.m. (thank goodness for short commutes – a long drive to work would kill me). Unless I am not taking a shower in the morning, I need about an hour to get ready and head out the door. I really try to stay in bed as long as possible in the morning. I often hit the snooze button for a couple of times.
Last week, in an effort to practice some self love and do something that will positively impact me daily, I decided to work on my routine and incorporate some small rituals. I know that I have a much better start into the day when I leave myself enough time to get ready and factor in some extra time in the morning to do something enjoyable, instead of rushing out the door.
Here are a few things I changed about my morning routine to make it less stressful:
1. Stop hitting the snooze button. As much as I want to turn around and cuddle into my blanket , when my alarm goes off, it doesn’t really avoid the inevitable. I still need to get out of bed. So, instead of dragging it out, I am trying to get up right away (because honestly, it only gets harder, the longer you wait).
2. Take a shower in the morning whenever possible. Sometimes, when I go to the gym or just decide to take a shower in the evening, I don’t feel like taking another one in the morning, BUT I feel so much more fresh and awake if I do. So, I am trying to make it a ritual to take a shower every morning.
3. Have my first cup of coffee at home. Since I am the first one in the office in the morning, I usually make coffee right when I get to work. However, I really enjoy taking some time to have my first cup of coffee. We have this awesome programmable coffee maker that I get all ready to go at night and when I get out of the shower in the morning, the coffee is brewed and fresh coffee smell is greeting me. Great good morning feeling right there – BAM.
4. Eat a small breakfast. I know, that should be a no-brainer and I actually love breakfast (it’s my favorite meal of the day!), but during the week, I used to leave for work without any breakfast. I think eating a small bowl of granola and fruit will help me jump-start my energy. (I also try to drink a big glass of water along with my coffee to get the hydration going, as this is such a difficult thing for me.)
5. Spend 15 minutes relaxed on the couch doing something fun. After I get my cup of coffee, I settle in on the couch for 15 minutes and do something fun while sipping my coffee. Sometimes, I just listen to the world outside waking up. Sometimes, I catch up on my Twitter feed. Sometimes, I just browse through a few pages of Real Simple or jot down a few ideas for my blog. All this helps me to start my morning with an extra deep breath and some inner focus, before I head out the door.
What’s your morning routine like?
Do you stay in bed as long as you can
or are you making time for yourself in the morning?