Everyone always talks about their morning routines and how the early hours of the day are a total fresh start. But if you don’t exactly jump out of bed with tons of energy as soon as your iPhone alarm goes off, don’t worry — you’re definitely not alone there. I never, ever used to be a morning person. I didn’t eat breakfast (which is crazy to my breakfast obsessed current self!) and the second I opened my eyes, wondered how long it would be until I could go back to bed.
But now I’m 100 percent, without a doubt, a morning person. And I’m happy about it.
You can be one, too, and it’s not as scary as you might think. I promise if you try, you just might find that the morning is your all-time favourite.
1.) Find A Breakfast You Enjoy
Some people love oatmeal and smoothies (guilty!) and others prefer something super savoury like eggs and veggies and potatoes. It’s totally and completely up to you. If you make yourself breakfast every day, you’re going to be doing something pretty amazing for yourself: fuelling up for your long day ahead, and making sure that you honestly start off on the right foot. My Plum Pie Oatmeal and Berry Pie Oatmeal are two super simple oatmeal recipes that can be made in a flash.
If you’re really pressed for time, why not make breakfast ahead and just heat it up in the morning? You can also make a bunch of smoothies and put them in the fridge for the next few days. Easy. Once you get used to eating breakfast — especially ones that are really fun (hey, I really, really like breakfast…) — you’re going to see mornings in a whole new light. Pun totally intended.
2.) Create Your Own Ritual
People have all kinds of morning rituals, from yoga to meditation to drinking lemon water. It’s totally up to you. Want to read for an hour before you start work? Want to catch up with an old friend over email or Facebook? This is your time. You don’t have to be productive yet, you don’t have to worry about anything, and you can honestly do what you want (within reason, of course).
3.) Be Consistent
Okay, so this isn’t the most fun thing to think about it, but it’s absolutely true. If you can go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time, you’re going to form a habit, and that’s honestly the only way to keep going. I love Gretchen Rubin and have been listening to her podcast Happier a lot lately. She says this amazing thing: if you do something every once in a while, you’re going to put pressure on it and it won’t be easy. If you do something every day, it’s like whatever. You just do it and it’s okay. I love that and it totally applies to becoming a morning person. Try it for a week and see — you probably will fall in love like the rest of us breakfast and morning lovers.
4.) Don’t Give Up Coffee
Yes. I said it. Coffee is a really important part of life. Just ask my hero/imaginary BFF Lorelai Gilmore. If you want to make coffee part of your morning routine — and you totally should — then you really will start to look forward to this time. Whatever gets you out of bed, right? If you love coffee and it works for you, there’s no reason to give it up. Just don’t drink vats of it on a regular basis. Sorry, Lorelai.
5.) Rearrange Your Day
Life is pretty crazy and it can be hard to carve out time for yourself. So go ahead and bribe yourself. If you wake up earlier and don’t rush in the morning, you can take an hour after dinner and meal prep or do some kind of chore that you usually do when racing out the door. You’ll thank yourself and create a much calmer schedule.
Are you a morning person? What do you like to do first thing?