Hey guys! Getting up in the morning can be really tough sometimes, right? Especially when it’s still dark outside, the bed is so warm…Believe me, I’ve been there many times. And you know what the worst part is? When you have the chance to sleep late, you wake up at 7 in the morning. But, what I want to write about today are some effective tips to develop a morning routine that helps you to really wake up and be fit. Although I am a morning person myself I still believe that these steps can help you have a better morning. But, read for yourself!
1. Sleep Well
A great morning doesn’t usually start with the moment your alarm buzzes. Usually, a good morning can be achieved by sleeping well and above all long enough. Although I can definitely say that I’m a good sleeper, I know that a lot of people don’t sleep well. And there are so many repercussions to this! First of all, you look more tired and older, plus some studies show that you don’t learn so well if you don’t sleep enough. Furthermore, not getting enough sleep can influence your eating behaviour in a negative way.
I bet there are more reasons for getting a sufficient amount of sleep. But let’s focus on the reasons why you might not be getting enough: Your TV, your laptop, your phone, your work…To summarise: Everything that keeps your mind busy in the bedroom. So, try to put every electronic device away at least half an hour before going to bed. And try to focus on something other than today or tomorrow. A good book helps with that!
2. Preparation is Key
If you know me, you know that I’m almost an expert when it comes to preparation. It can start with planning a vacation, the weekly meal plan, heck, even my wardrobe. And why would I go through all the trouble? Right, to save time for when I really need it. You can use preparation for your advantage to make your morning easier. This way, you can have more time for yourself (especially for waking up). So, what do I do?
I usually plan ahead the things I wear the next day with my favourite app (this is no joke, I repeat, this is no joke). Then I prepare the kitchen for breakfast: I put out the cutting board, the knife, the coffeepot, I prepare the table…You might think I’m crazy at this point, but this really saves me some time in the morning! Time I can spend eating quietly, listen to the radio and sip my morning coffee. Sounds good, right?
3. Get up just a little bit earlier
This tip might hurt you just a little bit in the beginning, because it takes time to get adjusted to it. Actually, I know more than a few people who get up after hitting the snooze button three times (my brother, maybe you feel addressed). But they end up with only so much time for enjoying their breakfast or actually waking up.
We would usually get up around 6.45, but when I had university at 8 that day, things could get a bit stressful. Now we get up 15 minutes earlier, and I am still wondering what a difference this makes every morning. When you combine this with tip number 2, you have so much time in the morning. So maybe you’ll want to try this, even 5 minutes can really make a difference!
4. Have breakfast
As I have said like a million times before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And if you skip it, more fool you! As it happens, breakfast is also my favourite meal of the day, although by breakfast I mean the weekend breakfasts. Those lazy ones with eggs benedict and/or pancakes and some café au lait… Well, what I actually want to talk about is your morning routine on weekdays. But if you actually have time for those treats every morning, chapeau!
I usually prepare a fruit bowl for me and my boyfriend in the morning, and then later we would eat a healthy sandwich. This way, we have enough energy to start the day, plus we sit together every morning and have time to chat and really wake up. I think this is actually very important, sitting down and having a meal together. And if you just happen to not have time one morning, maybe these breakfast muffins and this breakfast smoothie will help you out.
5. Get some fresh air
This is actually the most powerful tip to have a perfect morning. Whether you just air your apartment (I recommend doing that every morning) or you’re lucky enough to have time for a run: Fresh air is essential for waking up. Since I live in the city, I have always been lucky to reach my workplace by bike. Let me tell you: There is nothing better than doing that. Although at times I curse it, especially when it rains, getting to your workplace by bike has so many benefits.
First of all, you get some fresh air, and then you have your morning sport included as well! My workplace is about 5 km away from my home, so almost every day I go around 10 km by bike. I do that when the sun shines, when it rains and even when it snows. And, I haven’t had a cold or the flu for about two years now. I’d like to think it’s because I’m outside so often.
So, what is your typical morning routine?