I have spent most of my time in January thinking about how I want to improve my life in 2018. I have so many things I would like to achieve from big goals to small every day changes that I think would make my life just that little bit simpler and happier. I certainly didn’t wake up on the 1st of January a new person, but I have been trying to make little changes bit by bit and one of them has been my morning routine.
Just before Christmas I noticed that my Monday to Friday morning routine had become nothing short of chaos. Every morning I was rushing out the door feeling tired, hungry, stressed and then getting to work with what felt like a head full of fog. It took me a while, but I finally realised how much my morning routine was impacting my day. Since then I have tried to make my weekday morning routine a little less chaotic and a bit more focused. So far, I have found 5 things that have made a big difference.
1. Getting up on time
I don’t know if it was the festive season, the dark cold mornings or just pure laziness, but the snooze button had become my best friend. Each day was getting later and later, yet I still didn’t feel any better for it. That was when I realised it was probably one of my biggest mistakes before I had even got out of bed. I never gave myself enough time to get everything done, so that was the first thing that had to be changed. I decided to go one step further and not only get up on time, but also get up a bit earlier, so I could fit everything in. So far it has really helped and I leave the house feeling a lot less rushed and stressed.
If you’re not a fan of mornings, I feel your pain. Instead of shocking my body into some crazy new time, I adjusted my alarm in stages, just 10-15 minutes earlier each time. Now I normally wake up a few minutes before my alarm, which is so much nicer than waking up to that stupid annoying noise!
2. Make the bed
Messy bed = messy day! Not only does making the bed instantly make a room look better, it gives me a sense of organisation before I have even left the house. I try to make mine as soon as I get out of it, so that it’s done and doesn’t get left if I get caught up doing other things.
3. Eating breakfast and having some water
Please do excuse me if I sound like I am 90, but breakfast can really make or break your day. Especially if you’re someone like me who gets hangry by 8 in the morning. Having breakfast for me normally means something as simple as a slice of toast, a piece of fruit or a bowl of cereal, but it is better than nothing. It helps wake my body up and gets that metabolism going too!
Having a glass of water has also made a huge difference. I bought myself a fancy new bottle from Home Bargains to help motivate myself more. Having that cold glass of water first thing helps to wake those organs up and lets my body know it needs to get going. Plus, it works wonders for my skin!
4. Taking a minute to breathe
I never really used to do this, I just used to rush around everywhere, but after seeing so many people say how it had positively affected them I knew I had to start doing it. I now try to take at least one minute each morning to just breathe and collect my thoughts a little bit. It really helps clear my head, which means I can then go on and plan my day and be so much more productive. I also love taking an extra few minutes to write down everything that’s whizzing through my head first thing in the morning. I have a little note book and I write down all the things I need to do, any thoughts or blog post ideas. I find this really compliments just taking a minute to breathe. It helps me to plan what I need to get done without having all the to do lists whizzing through my head all day long.
5. Having a skincare routine
This used to be the first thing that went out the window when I was running late. I used to throw on some moisturiser and leave it at that. Taking time to do my full skincare routine is the perfect opportunity to have a mini 5 minute pamper session before I leave the house in the morning. It sets up my skin for the day and protects it against the environment.
What do you do to have a better morning routine? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave me a comment below!