The Secret to Actually Having A Good Morning
My husband is a morning person, if he sleeps past 6:30 am, he has slept late. I on the other hand, am not. I am not really grouchy, but I am slow to wake and love to lay in bed for 20 minutes before I even think about moving. I need time to talk myself into get out from under the covers and starting my day. I want to lay there and contemplate the events of the day, say a little prayer and probably play on my phone. If you are anything like me, you might need a few tips to help you have a good morning.
Plan Your Morning
The biggest thing I do to help me have a better morning is to plan it the night before.
- Set up the coffee maker the night before
- Check the milk to make sure it is good
- If you have a morning appointment set out whatever you will need.
- Check the weather and plan your wardrobe
- Iron your clothes
- Double check your alarm
By making sure you are ready for the morning the night before, you won’t feel as rushed or harried the next morning.
We all know breakfast is important, yet according the Huffington Post 31 MILLION Americans skip breakfast each day. Even if you grab a banana or a granola bar give your body something healthy to get your day started.
Take a Shower
I am not fully functional in the morning until I have taken a shower. I don’t know what it is about hot water and steam but it wakes me up and makes me feel like I am ready to tackle the world.
Find Your Smile
Maybe you have one of those quirky calendars that have a joke a day on them, or maybe an inspirational quote. There are apps available that will give you a motivational or inspirational quote each day. I have a daily Bible app that gives me a Bible verse each day. That is the first thing I read on my phone each morning. Not my emails, Facebook or the weather. My Bible verse gives me something to think about while I shower and usually makes me smile.
How many times do you push the snooze button each morning? 3? 5? Do you need an extra few minutes to get adjusted to the day? I know that I need a good 15 minutes to adjust to the light and the whole idea of getting out of bed so I set my alarm 15 minutes earlier than I really need to be up. That way I can lay there, let my eyes adjust, read my Bible quote and finally throw the covers off and get ready for the day. Pick what works for you, just be sure to leave yourself enough time to go through your morning routine without feeling rushed.
Choose Your Alarm Carefully
We have all seen those silly alarms on Facebook that smack you in the head to wake you up or squirt water on you, this is not a comfortable way to get up. You want your alarm tone to wake you up, but not shock you into consciousness. The loud buzzer alarms will wake you up, but they truly do alarm you. A better way is to choose something rhythmic with more peaceful tones to them. It may be best to experiment with these on the weekends to see what works for you.
Sometimes mornings are awesome, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and there is cool breeze blowing a robin’s song into your window. Then there are the rest of the mornings, the ones that found you getting 2 hours of sleep because your children were up sick all night, or the gray rainy mornings that make you long to pull the comforter back over your head. You don’t know what tomorrow will bring so planning ahead will give you a bit of breathing room if you do have a rough morning.
What makes your mornings better? Share your ideas for a better morning in the comments!