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.
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.
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 started 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?