I’ve never been a morning person. Not that I’m much of a night owl either. I tend to just bob around in some kind of permanently tired state, thinking of how good it would feel to curl up in my pyjamas, drink tea and eat cake in the middle of the day.
I don’t help myself though. I’m one of those people who sets the alarm 20 minutes before they need to get up and then hits the snooze button four times, just to make sure I’m reeeally irritated by the time I finally rise.
When Leesa got in touch with me and asked me if I’d blog about my morning routine, I thought it was probably the motivation I needed to actually get one. Falling asleep at midnight with my phone inches from my face, then waking to the alarm and hitting snooze for as long as I can, changing outfits three times until I’m running late then inhaling tea and toast whilst I blow-dry my hair doesn’t really scream ‘Morning Person’.
It’s so easy to make some very simple changes that will have a big impact on how you start the day, so I’ve decided that – on top of my very solid five new year’s resolutions – I will also commit to a healthier morning routine.
Of the eight things on the list above, I can easily split them in to three categories: the ‘already doing this’, the ‘can do this from today’ and the ‘can achieve this by the end of the year’.
I already spend my mornings being productive. I make to-do lists as I’m buzzing about, and I respond to emails (often the ones sent from the other side of the world whilst I’ve been asleep) over breakfast or on the train. Productivity was never the issue.
I absolutely never ever skip breakfast. I don’t drink enough water though, so I can (and will) rectify that immediately.
Need to start from today:
I love the ‘do something positive’ box on this picture. For almost two years I’ve been promising to start my morning with a yoga stretch, and since then I haven’t done it. Not once.
I also don’t know why I don’t plan my outfit the night before. It’s the most simple thing, saves so much time and yet I never do it unless I have a big meeting or something important – and I always think, ‘I really should do this more often’.
About a year ago, we set a bedtime and went upstairs with enough time to read before bed. It forced us to put the screens down and really relax, and we often shared a book and took turns reading to each other. Somewhere along the way that stopped, so I plan on picking that up again.
By this time next year:
I want a new bed. I’ve wanted a new bed for about five years. I keep saying that if you have chronic pain then a decent bed and mattress are investments worth making, yet every time I start looking at them, the cost makes me think I can probably cope with mine for a bit longer. By 2018 I will have upgraded my bed. Fact.
What do you do to ensure a happy morning?
Image credit: Zsa Zsa Bellagio (feature image) and Univesity of Missouri (pinnable image)