So you’re not a morning person? I get it.
It’s so easy to spend our days rushing around, trying to squeeze everything in. By the time we get to bed, it’s hours later than planned and even then, we can’t switch off because we’re thinking about all the stuff we need to do the next day.
By the time we finally do fall asleep, it feels like our alarms are ringing two minutes later and we’re up to do it all over again.
I run this blog alongside working full-time, so my evenings consist of trying to squeeze in a workout, cooking something healthy for dinner, taking and editing photos, writing blog posts that aren’t awful and dealing with all the other aspects of blogging like social media. On top of that, I need to find time to fit in a social life, meditate, get some reading done, shower AND get to bed by 11 pm! (yeah that never happens – time at present: 00:09 and I haven’t even put my retainer in yet. LOL)
So yeah, I totally get people that aren’t ‘morning people’. But guess what? As much as it might feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes, there are – and the best ones are in the morning.
Use those hours wisely, and you can accomplish everything you want to do and more in a day.
Why everyone should love mornings
I’m a certified night owl so, unfortunately, I often find myself running on just a few hours’ sleep. Despite that, I would also say I’m a morning person. I love the morning. Why?
Because I’ve learned that:
The difference between a productive day and an unproductive day are the thoughts you think first.
You decide if you’re going to have a day you love or a day you hate.
If you use your mornings properly and start your day on a positive note, even if something bad happens during the day, you’ll be in the mindset to deal with it effectively.
Morning people like to get up and get going straight away because they know that those very few waking moments set the tone for your whole day.
Morning people are happy in the mornings because they know how important it is to start the day as you mean to go on.
Now, here are some tips I recommend to help you create an amazing morning routine that will set you up for a positive day – every day.
1. Get up early!
Most of my days start 7 am – but the days that start at 6 am or earlier are always my best days. I try to have a super early start at least once a week – normally on a Friday. And guess what day of the week is my most productive?
I choose to use that extra time in the morning to get my workout in so I have more time to focus on other things in the evening, but you can use it however you want: get some reading done, meditate, or even just enjoy the quiet time with a cup of coffee!
There’s a beautiful serenity in the early morning hours and sometimes it’s nice to just sit and take it all in.
Getting up early involves a lot of prep the night before if you want to actually feel good – not exhausted or rushed – when your alarm goes off the next day.
For example, if you plan to get an early morning workout in and only have a limited amount of time, pack your gym bag the night before. Make a coffee and refrigerate it so you can blend it with ice cubes in the morning and have a yummy iced coffee. Get as much done as you can the night before so you can just get up and go in the morning!
Most importantly, make SURE you’re in bed and ready to sleep at a decent time – aim to get at least 7 hours sleep.
If you still feel tired when you wake in the morning, reach for a big bottle of water instead of the snooze button. As soon as you rehydrate your system, I promise you’ll feel much more awake.
2. Speaking of snoozing! Choose your alarm tone carefully
This has totally transformed my mornings. If you use your phone as an alarm, and you use one of the standard alarm tones that come with it – I can’t recommend changing this enough.
You might think you need a loud, jolty alarm to wake you up – I used to think this and set the craziest alarm tones. But that sound would infuriate me in the mornings – I’d wake up irritated AF! And the first feeling you want to have in the morning is not irritation.
Talk about a rude awakening. Start your morning with a soothing, gentle tone, sound or song – and see how much better your mornings start.
Don’t pick one of your favourite songs by the way – RIP to all the songs I loved that I can’t listen to anymore because I made them my alarm tones years back – and to this day I still hate them.
To find my alarm tone that I LOVE waking up to now, I searched through a classical music playlist on Apple Music. Classical is not a genre I’m familiar with so I knew I wouldn’t know any of the songs. I found a really chilled instrumental and it’s been my alarm tone ever since. Now, waking up – even after a late night – is not so painful.
3. A simple, yet powerful addition to your morning routine
Thoughts become things, as you’ve probably heard a million times. But this is something we need to remind ourselves every day. Why? Because our subconscious mind hears every thought we think and registers the ones we think often enough as beliefs.
That’s why I recommend starting your day with affirmations – they work in the long run by transforming our inner belief system.
By repeating these positive thoughts every single day, we ‘re-tune’ our subconscious mind and create new, ingrained beliefs, eliminating the negative ones we may have unintentionally created in the past (and no-one’s perfect – we all have).
Affirmations are powerful at any time, but I personally like to use them in the morning. What better way to start our days than flooding our minds with positive thoughts?!
You don’t have to stare at yourself in the mirror or anything like that. Do what works for you. It can be as simple as repeating a positive statement like “I am capable of achieving all my goals I’ve set for the day.”
What matters is that it’s a statement that you believe is possible, a statement that gets you excited for your day.
It’s not exactly an affirmation, but I have a post-it note stuck to one of the inside doors of my wardrobe that reads ‘Pick an amazing outfit to start your amazing day!’ I know, I know – LOL. But you know what? Every time I open my wardrobe, I see it, it makes me smile and it reminds me that every day has the potential to be an amazing day.
4. Don’t just have any shower. Have a mindful shower!
Remember, if you’ve woken up early you actually have time to enjoy your shower rather than doing it all in a rush because you’re running late. Take your time!
As you go through your cleansing routine, imagine yourself washing away any negativity and stress. Watch it go down the drain and you’ll step out of the shower feeling like a new person!
You could also try having a cold shower. Or at least finishing off your normal shower off with some cold water. I spoke about the benefits of cold showers and how they’re great mood boosters here, so I won’t spend too much time on it again.
But I will say that this will save you even more time in your morning routine (I couldn’t and wouldn’t recommend a cold shower more than 10 minutes long). Plus, you’ll feel invigorated and refreshed afterwards.
You might be wondering how a freezing cold shower could possibly put you in a good mood first thing in the morning. When you have to have a cold shower against your will – for example, if the hot water goes out – it’s infuriating for most people. But when you know the benefits of having a cold shower, and you do it intentionally – it’s a totally different experience.
5. Set your intentions for the day
Yeah, like goals…but I’m not the biggest fan of setting goals because if for some reason I can’t achieve them, that doesn’t make me feel good.
Intentions, however, are different to me. It’s not stuff you have to do in order to feel good about your day. It’s stuff you want to do, to take your day in the direction you want it to go.
The morning is the best time to take a few moments to figure out what you want to achieve for the day. This gives your day purpose, direction and motivates you to get started.
You can make a to-do list or even just a mental checklist. What matters is that you have something you want to achieve that day.
Your intentions for the day can be as big or as small as you want. Any intention you choose to set is significant.
When I wake up, I run through a mental list of things I need to get done and set intentions for the things I really want to get done that day. Those things are the priorities.
If I didn’t take the time to do this in the morning, there’d be no structure to the madness that is my schedule. I’d try and fit as much as I could into one day, leaving myself burnt out at the end of it.
Set your intentions in the morning – they will help you to stay productive and stick to your plans. Try my Magical Morning worksheet to help you set intentions and start your day in the best mindset possible.
6. Morning inspiration!
As you’re getting ready for your day, have something inspiring, something you can learn from or something that motivates you playing in the background.
I used to love getting ready to my favourite tunes, and that would make me feel great, but now I choose to listen to audiobooks and podcasts in the morning and I find they leave me feeling inspired all day.
I also feel like the morning is the perfect time to listen to them – it’s quiet, there’s not so much going on and my mindset is fresh and able to take in so much more.
At the moment I’m listening to an audiobook called Money by Rob Moore. It’s SO inspiring and very in-depth. I’ve learned about the history of money, how to manage it and how to make more of it – all while putting on my lipstick and brushing my hair! AND there’s some Little Life Changer-ey stuff in it too – he speaks a lot about gratitude, positivity and values.
Before that it was E-Squared by Pam Grout – it’s all about these experiments she makes you do to prove the Law of Attraction works. I must say I feel like this probably works a little better in the print or ebook version because there are bits and bobs you need to write down. But I really enjoyed listening to this in the mornings because her words would give me a nice boost of positivity and remind me of all the ways I can manifest.
Before I get way off track here, I’ll do a full post on my favourite inspirational podcasts and audiobooks soon!
7. And finally, don’t forget to appreciate the day
How true is this?! LOL!
And it’s so easy to let that tiredness get the better of us when our alarms go off in the morning and we’re just not ready yet.
But we’d feel so much better about having to wake up if instead of being grumpy, we thought about how thankful we are that we woke up at all.
Sometimes we take life for granted and forget that every day we wake up, we are so blessed and lucky.
Your alarm is your cue to get excited for your day. There’s a full 24 hours of opportunity ahead of you and you have no idea what’s going to happen – how exciting is that?!
Once you step out your front door who knows who you could meet? Or who could call your phone? Who knows what great, amazing things are waiting for you?
You woke up this morning for a reason. You get to see another day of your incredible life. Appreciate it! Be thankful for the beauty of life. Be intrigued by the mystery of it. Be excited for the unknown.
Love living. Love life! And start your day thinking about every reason why you do.
Be a morning person. Love the mornings. Mornings are the key to a great day!
DISCLAIMER: This whole post is a MONDAY-FRIDAY thing. I am a strong believer in lie-ins too! 🙂
The beautiful photos used in this post were taken by Paula at Thirteen Thoughts. Check out her blog, she’s amazing 🙂
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