Coffee Talk: How to Build a Better Morning Routine
Raise your hand if, like me, you dread getting out bed in the morning. No matter how many books I read about how crucial the morning hours are to start your day on the right foot, I can't help but hate getting out of bed in the morning. Call me crazy, but my bed is just too cozy to leave!
Even though I'm not sure I'll ever be a morning person, here are my tips for building a better morning routine:
one // start slow
If I have a mountain of things to accomplish first thing in the morning, I tend to stay in bed and forget about all of them because I'm so overwhelmed, I don't know where to start. Instead, leave the first 10-15 minutes in the morning to grabbing a cup of coffee, tea, or water—and getting back into bed to read, write, or meditate. Knowing you have that buffer period without having too much to do will make waking up a bit less daunting.
two // do something you love!
I love blogging and catching up on my favorite blogs, so I tend to save these activities for the morning so I have something to look forward to. Don't just leave all of the bad stuff (taking out the trash, cleaning dishes from the night before, etc.) to the morning—be sure to make time for something you love, too.
three // make your bed
I could not start my morning without first making my bed. It's the only way I feel truly ready for the day. It takes about thirty seconds (especially if you keep things simple with all-white bedding and just a few pillows) and it truly makes you feel like you're ready for anything. Try it tomorrow morning!
four // give yourself some extra time
As tempting as it can be to have your alarm go off the second you need to actually wake up and start your day, there's nothing worse than running around like a chicken with your head cut off first thing in the morning.
Give yourself some extra time (I wake up an hour before I have to be in the shower) so you can get everything done in the morning that you want to accomplish. Trust me, it may suck setting your alarm for a little earlier, but the rest of your day will thank you.
five // don't forget the water
I drink about 100 ounces of water each day, and that starts first thing in the morning. Don't make it too cold—in fact, warm or room temperature water is best—but start your day strong with a glass of H20 to get into the habit of chugging it all day long.
What does your morning routine look like? Let me know in the comments section!