I've never been a morning person. I am the person that presses snooze about 8 times. The person that plans to take a shower in the morning, and then gets out of bed with 15 minutes til go time. Most mornings I feel like I have to scrape myself out of bed. It's just so cozy in there.
These past few mornings, I have tried to be more intentional about how I start my day. It is much easier to wake up when Corey is getting ready for work, than when he is still snoozing. I also have some great friends that send me motivating messages in the morning.
I start off by making a mug of hot lemon water. Then I go back into the bedroom and do about 15 minutes of yoga to stretch, shake away the sleepies, and get ready for a long day of sitting at my desk. I don't do anything too strenuous in the morning, I usually do a variation of this little bunny yoga. (by Brian Russo)
If it's a morning that I'm showering, I will oil pull with coconut oil for my whole shower, and through most of the getting ready times.
It's amazing to me how just 3 mornings of this routine have made me feel so much better throughout the day. When I get to work, I feel like I can just jump right in, because I've already done the "prep-work." This whole routine takes less than 25 minutes, and I find that my body doesn't notice that I didn't spend that time under the covers.
Here are 3 ways to help you be more intentional with your mornings:
PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE
If you're planning on going to the gym or going for a run, it is so much easier to get out the door when your shoes and socks are right by the bed, and you don't have to dig through the pile of clean laundry to find your shorts and sports bra.
It's so much easier to eat a nutritious breakfast if you set out the ingredients the night before. Or even prepared it the night before.
For a lot of us, the night time comes a little easier, so do more for your morning by doing more in the evening.
I mentioned that I have great friends that send me a message every morning asking if I'm doing yoga. It's much harder to skip if I have someone checking up on me.
Tell a friend that you are going to the gym in the morning, and you will feel like you must. Don't let your friends down! And make sure to let them know that you finished.
DON'T LOOK AT SOCIAL MEDIA
I find that if I read all the tweets that came through in the night, I end up clicking on a link and reading an article or two or three. Then I need to check Instagram. After all of this I've wasted at least 15 minutes that I could have put into my morning routine. Also after all that news and information, my mind starts buzzing and it's hard to quiet down.
Don't let social media take over your morning, save it for a reward for finishing!
Do you have a morning routine? If not what would you like to add? Tell me everything!