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There was once a time when I didn’t wake up on the wrong side of the bed every single morning. In fact I used to be a morning person — I loved waking up early and was happy from the moment my eyes blinked open. But now I am like a bear waking from hibernation — it is not a pretty sight. I am one of those coffee mugs that say ‘don’t talk to me until I’ve refilled twice.’ in human form. I realized this a few months ago that every thought I had from the hours of 7 am to 10 am were negative and anxious. And immediately I felt foreign to my own mind — but wait hadn’t I always been a morning person? Since when was I a grump in the morning?
So I investigated. I asked my husband who has woken up next to me for the last 8 years when I started to be sour milk in the morning. He said the downward spiral of not being a happy morning person was probably in the last 3 years. Makes sense, I thought, as these have been some of my most stressful. Well then I thought to myself — no longer. I am not going to be a grump any more.
And as it turns out, it IS possible to not be a heinous person in the first few hours of the day. I’ve been working on changing my habits and routine these last few months and you know what? I’m — almost — a morning person again. AKA you can talk to me before that cup of coffee and I will respond happily.
Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up!
Wake up earlier!
Your first reaction is probably WHAT. THE. *%#!. KENDI?? I know, I know. But hear me out — I have found that taking your time in the morning, as opposed to feeling like everything is a mad rush, makes for a happier day. So I wake up an hour earlier than normal because I realized I take an extremely long time to do my makeup and hair. Not because of anything other than I like to take my time, sip my coffee, and sometimes just sit in a daze. Think about it — why are Saturday mornings so nice? Ok, true, you don’t have to go to work but also because they are taken slowly. You can take your time drinking your coffee, getting ready, etc. So if you apply this logic to your weekday schedule, you can take a little bit longer with getting ready, eating breakfast, heck — laying in bed getting caught up on instagram! It doesn’t matter what your favorite morning fix is, just make sure you give yourself enough time to do it. Being rushed and late is the quickest way to ruin a good mood.
Have your coffee (and drink it, too.)
I love getting my coffee at a coffee shop and would love to every single day. But here is the thing — if I wait that long to drink coffee, I’m a monster. I’ve realized that a little cup of caffeine in the morning gives me an energy boost and happiness follows. So I make sure my coffee maker is ready the night before, the water is in, the coffee is ready to go. That way when I brew my cup in the morning, I’m guaranteed a cup of coffee just the way I like it. I can sip it throughout my morning routine. And if you prefer breakfast in the morning, make sure that’s easily accessible as well!
(This goes for tea, lemon water, smoothies or whatever else you like to get you started in the morning!)
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the years is this: failing to plan is planning to fail. Cute, right? I picked it up from somewhere along the way (Pinterest, perhaps) Also daunting, right? It’s a little doomsday but it means well. Years ago I used to have super high anxiety in the mornings, but I realized it was because I left everything the day before in disarray. I had nothing planned — not my outfit, not my schedule, not my blog posts. So I slowly started to chip away at these inefficiencies, starting with my schedule and to do list for the day on the day before. Before I left my office or desk, my next day would be planned out. So when I wake up, I had no surprises and I knew what I would be getting into for the day.
Planning your outfit ahead of time is also a time saver and it makes your morning so easy. Almost as if you had a stylist or an assistant lay it out for you. Except you did it. You are your own assistant, but at least you know what you like. 😉
Listen to a peppy playlist!
One thing that I learned about myself is that my mood is very receptive to music. A peppy or happy playlist will quickly dissolve negative feelings. Mornings, for me at least, are a slower time for my processor, so music wakes me up in the nicest way. I use various playlists on Spotify (Mood Booster, Happy Hits and Hit Rewind are some of my favorites if you have Spotify!) Pandora is also a favorite to listen to, or my favorite upbeat album.
Of course you might be of the more mellow crowd, and peppy music might not work for you. If this is you, meditation is always a wonderful thing to integrate into your morning routine.
Make your bed.
Did you know that simply making your bed boosts your mood because you will feel like you’ve accomplished something? I am one of those people that writes something down on my to do list that I’ve already completed just to check it off, so this is right up my alley. Any little thing to make me feel ready to take on the day, I am there. Plus it makes your room so happy and clean, which is the best feeling when you get home.
What are your morning habits or routines that make for your best day? Share them below!