Becoming a morning person is never easy. We usually don’t do it because we want to, but rather because we need to. Work demands early hours, school demands early classes, or you need to get up an extra hour earlier to squeeze a workout in before starting your day. Whatever the case may be, it’s never easy starting out. These are some of my tips that I’ve learned along the way that make the mornings a little more enjoyable.
Start your morning with good coffee.
If you’re a coffee person, you know the satisfaction of a good cup of coffee in the morning. If you’re not a coffee person, you can start your morning with water, tea, or a smoothie to get your going. My coffee has to be just right. If not, it sets my day off on the wrong foot. I have a Keurig, so we buy the 100ct boxes to make sure we have coffee for weeks or months. We tend to bounce between Donut Shop Medium Roast and Cafe Bustello k-cups, depending on what’s available at the store. I typically have one and a half to two cups of coffee before I take my greens and start drinking water.
Be intentional with your morning.
Don’t decide to one day get up at 6 am and just do nothing. Be intentional. Have a plan and execute that plan. My morning routine is so important to me and it sets the tone for the rest of my day. For example, if I oversleep to the point of needing to start working minutes after I get up, my day is offset and unproductive. I’m the type of person that needs 20-30 minutes in the morning just to wake up and chill before starting any work or working out. Most of that time is consumed with making coffee, going through my morning routine, and getting dressed to workout. Once all of that is done, I try to leave myself 30-40 minutes to blog, plan content, interact with other bloggers, and market my brand.
Start each day with a grateful heart.
Be thankful for the fact that you have the privilege to get up and start your day with the sun. Every day I’m thankful for another morning to get up, stand on two feet, and that I have the energy to tackle whatever the day brings. If we’re not thankful for the live that’s been given to us, how can we do the work that’s been set before us? I have a devotional that I read first thing in the morning with my coffee. Reading that first allows me to keep my priorities in check.
Eat something nutritious.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When eating breakfast, you are breaking the fasting period that your body was in overnight. When we skip breakfast, the body enters into a starvation mode and begins to use whatever nutrients it has stored up to survive until we feed it. Breakfast doesn’t have to be a big, luxurious meal. It can be something as simple as half a banana before a workout and then after the workout having your first meal. Whatever you decide to eat should be nutrient dense and give your body energy to start your day.
Tying these suggestions together can make mornings a little bit easier if you’re not normally a morning person. If you have any other suggestions, leave them in the comments below!