Starting Out Right

The way you start your day can affect how the rest pans out, so I think it’s something that’s important to get right. For a while I was sleeping in as late as I could in the hope that a little more sleep would make me feel better, and then dashing around the house to get everything done at the last minute before rushing out the door. Not surprisingly, this wasn’t helping me have the most calm starts to my day. I’ve since found a few things that help me start my mornings leaving me feeling as prepared as I can be for the day ahead.

1) Start the night before.

A fairly obvious one, but anything you can do the night before, especially if you have an early alarm will make the morning go smoother. Prep your lunch, pack your bag and even pick out your clothes if you can, then all that’s left in the morning is to get dressed, cutting out the time spent deliberating over your wardrobe.

2) Add 10 minutes.

When setting your alarm, set it 10 minutes before you need to wake up. That 10 minutes won’t make a difference to your tiredness levels, but just gives you that extra few minutes to wake up and get out of bed on time.

3) Breakfast.

It really is the most important meal of the day, and one that’s not worth skipping. Keep plenty of breakfast food in the house that’s quick and easy to make and you’ll be more likely to do it; if cooking feels like a faff then skip it and go for something quick like instant porridge or yoghurt and fruit or granola.

4) Take time.

If I start my morning in a rush, my whole day will feel stressed. I like to get up with enough time to get ready for the day, and then make a coffee or tea and sit down for at least 10 minutes to enjoy it. I love those few moments of peace, and they make me feel better prepared for the day ahead.

5) Routines.

When it’s dark in the morning and you’re tired and a little bit groggy, it can take a bit of time for your mind to fully wake up. Keeping things as simple as possible and following set routines can help with this, as soon as I get out of bed I get startedΒ on my breakfast – dressed – hair – makeup routine (I shower the night before!), and by the time I’m doing my mascara I feel fully ready to get going.

These are just a few bits and pieces that help me feel my best for the day ahead. What helps you feel like you’re starting out right?

  • I never have enough time to sit down for 10 minutes but then I could never be that person that has time to spare before they leave the house. I agree having lunch and bag ready the day before helps as does getting clothes out. I tend to spend quite a while making and eating porridge, but it’s the only thing that fills me up so I can’t forgo that!
    Amy at Amy & More

    • Carrie

      Porridge is a good way to start! Getting that bit of energy from breakfast is so important! x

  • I love having a good morning routine and I agree with all your points here! I hate rushing out the door, so I like having enough time to do something relaxing before I leave – whether that’s reading a magazine, checking blogs or simply just sitting and listening to the radio for a bit. It definitely helps that I’m a morning person – I get really sleepy by about 9.30pm so go to bed reasonably early and wake feeling bright the next day!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Wellbeing & Lifestyle

    • Carrie

      I think early nights are great, I never miss that time in the evenings but it makes so much difference in the morning! x

  • Slow mornings are my favourite, especially on days when I’m off and all I need to do is schedule some blog posts πŸ™‚

    franalibi.blogspot.co.uk

    • Carrie

      I’m not sure there’s anything better than getting up with nothing to do except whatever you fancy doing at your own pace! x

  • Love this! Definitely setting an alarm for a good bit before I NEED to get up is helpful, makes the morning a little more relaxing πŸ™‚

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

    • Carrie

      I think relaxing mornings make for relaxing days, so anything you can do to help it along is great ! xx

  • As someone who’s the worst morning person ever, this post was so useful as I’m fully aware I need to get a better morning routine! As usual, beautiful photography too, Carrie!

    Abbi | http://www.simplyabbi.com

    • Carrie

      Thank you Abbi, you are lovely! πŸ™‚

  • Laura Torninoja

    Definitely agree! I’ve recently got one of those those “light alarm clocks” that slowly fills the room with light and wakes you up. Best. Purchase. Ever! That and having proper breakfasts and my fresh orange juices in the morning have made such a difference πŸ™‚ x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Carrie

      Ahh I have one of those too, so helpful isn’t it? It was a lifesaver when I was getting up in the dark! Love the sound of fresh orange juices in the morning, that is a lovely way to start the day πŸ™‚ x

  • Laura

    I swear by setting my alarm a little earlier than you actually need to get up! Those extra minutes to lie in bed make all the difference xx

    Wander with Laura

    • Carrie

      I feel like it just makes starting feel so much easier πŸ™‚ x

  • I am definitely a morning person and I totally agree with getting yourself ready the night before – it makes the morning so much smoother. Great post πŸ™‚ x
    Sarah
    http://www.lifeoffthepage.com

    • Carrie

      Thanks Sarah! πŸ™‚

  • I love all of your tips! I’m trying to make myself a good morning routine, but I never thought of prepping everything the night before! Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    -Maddy
    cheers-maddy.com

  • Diana Maria

    Starting the night before would be great, then I could sleep easily and not worry about the morning! It’s so important to have a good morning routine, thank you for sharing this. Your photos are so calming and beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

    Sending light + love your way,
    My Lovelier Days