Make Your Mornings Better

We all have those days when staying in bed just seems way better than changing out of pajamas, going to class, or driving to work. For me, that was yesterday, (or really any day when it’s cold and snowing.) I’m jealous of all of you who had snow days and got to stay in bed.

Most days I’m a morning person, so it’s not too hard for me to wake up. I typically only press the snooze button once. Did you fall out of your chair when you read that?

There are a few things that make my mornings better; things that motivate me to get out of bed and face the day. Try these simple ideas, and you may find that your day starts (and ends) on a better note.

Prepare the night before.

So the first tip involves some planning. Pack your lunch. Plan
 your outfit. (I should listen to my own advice with this one.) Getting as much prep done the night before makes mornings much less stressful.

Give yourself time.

Yes, this means getting out of bed earlier. My mornings are always 
better when I can take my time to put on my makeup, catch a “Good Morning
 America” segment, and have a cup of coffee.

Have a hot beverage.

Speaking of coffee…start your day with a cup of joe, tea, hot
 chocolate, or whatever you like. I always say that coffee is like a warm hug. Warm lemon water is another one of my personal favorites in the mornings and throughout the day.

Make a to-do list.

Write down what you need to get done for the day. You’ll know exactly what’s ahead of you. Then, check things 
off as you accomplish them. Trust me, this will totally make you feel more productive.

Squeeze in a quick workout.

I don’t do this enough, but when I do, I always feel better. Even a 
few minutes of stretching is better than nothing. Just don’t forget to eat a
little something before you exercise!

The major takeaway is that you should always start your day with time for yourself. It’ll give you the peace of mind to tackle whatever the day brings.

  • ellen.borza@gmail.com
    February 3, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I completely agree! I hate running around and feeling rushed. Thank you for reading, Courtney! Have a great day.

  • kTm
    February 3, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    My days are continuously better when I wake up earlier! It gives me a little time to do just whatever I want in the mornings. And you're so right – coffee is like a warm hug!

    Pick Your Beau

    • ellen.borza@gmail.com
      February 7, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Yes! There are some days when I don't have class until 1, but I like to wake up at 9 and relax before I start my day. Thanks for reading!

  • Haley S
    February 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    I've recently started waking up 30 minutes earlier and it makes a world of difference! I love having time to get ready and not feel rushed!

    Haley
    Life's Little Things

    • ellen.borza@gmail.com
      February 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      That sounds great! I'm so glad it's been helping you, Haley. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Sarah
    February 3, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Absolutely! I always know these things, but it's putting them into practice that takes some work!

    Sarah
    Sweet Spontaneity

    • ellen.borza@gmail.com
      February 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      You're totally right, Sarah. I'm hoping to put yoga into my morning routine on a regular basis. Thanks of reading!

  • Lindsay Ava
    February 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Couldn´t agree more, and really enjoy reading posts like these, all about getting more motivated! I really need a kick in the butt in the mornings, I will usually try to get as much sleep as possible. I can´t imagine I will ever squeeze in a workout before heading to an 8am class, but all the others I try to do, except the to-do list, I prefer to do that the night before too, and get some more zzzzz´s in the morning haha!

    • ellen.borza@gmail.com
      February 7, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      I like the idea of making a to-do list the night before! And I totally understand trying to get as much sleep as possible. I don't blame you. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Rebecca Pytell
    February 4, 2015 at 12:16 am

    The first thing I do when I hop out of bed at 4:15am everyday is start my workout!

    • ellen.borza@gmail.com
      February 7, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      OMG 4:15 a.m.! Bless your heart. Thanks for stopping by, Rebecca!