How to Start Your Mornings Off Right

I like to classify myself as a non-morning person that loves mornings. Contradictory? I know. While my body loves sleeping in, my mind loves waking up and starting the day. To combat these contradictions, I have accumulated a few tips that have helped me start my day off on the right foot.

1. Begin the Night Before

There's nothing better than waking up and already having your stuff ready to go. Spend some time the night before setting out things you will need for the next day to avoid a stressful morning. I like to prep breakfast too if I need to be up really early (aka anything before 9am) and don’t want to worry about cutting it close on time.

2. Give Yourself Time

Try setting your alarm earlier than when you need to be up! Dedicate some time to just enjoy the morning on your own. Read a book, do some writing, go for a walk or any other activity that brings you personal joy. This will let you have some personal time with yourself and you’ll begin to look forward to this solo time daily.

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3. Drink A Glass of Water

Flush out any negative energy from the day before with a nice big glass of H20. No, it’s not quite as good as waking up in the middle of the night and chugging that glass of water by your bed, but trust me, your body will thank you.

4. Roll Out of Bed and Into Yoga

I've always wanted to be a “yoga in the morning" type of person, because they always seem to have their lives together. Recently, I started doing a 10-minute yoga session every morning and love the way I have been feeling because of it. Setting the tone for your day with a few stretches and exhales is a great habit to keep. This allows you to release the stress of a past day and welcome a new one with open arms (literally). Think about one word you can set as your intention for the day and warm up your body.

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5. Listen to Something Good

The perfect playlist can make or break a moment, including mornings! Put together all your favorite songs that will get you up and moving in a good mood or even play your favorite podcast or audiobook. I like listening as I shower or get ready for an extra morning boost.

6. Eat Breakfast

Adults have been saying this for ages but seriously, eat something in the morning. Whether it be small or large, fuel your brain before starting your day. I never classified myself as a breakfast eater since brunch exists, but I end up feeling so groggy and drained if I start my day without it. One thing I love to do is research a recipe to make the night before so that I have something to look forward to!

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