A lot of us have an attitude of get up and go and while it’s important to get where we need to be on time, we don’t always give ourselves the time that we need to ensure that we’re heading out the door with a positive mindset. Yes, so many scenarios can throw of our morning or our day, but when we make the time for a healthy morning routine, we’re setting a foundation for a good day. Keep reading to see my morning routine and a few tips!
Prep The Night Before
While we live in a busy time, a lot of us tend to have that I’ll do it later mindset. Hate to say it, but I’m very guilty of this. Luckily, it’s never too late to make a change. One step you can take to get a jump start on the next day is to take a look at your to-do list the night before. If you have any appointments coming up or just need to double-check your work schedule to ensure your week go as planned, I 100% recommend this. It takes less than 5 minutes and you won’t have to think about it in the morning. I also recommend doing most of your cleaning before you head to bed. If you need to put away clean laundry, do it. If you need to do a little dusting, do it. That way you won’t wake up the next morning feeling like your room is a mess.
In order to have a productive day, getting your best sleep the night before is key. One of my favorite steps of prep for the next day is to spray my sheets and pillows with a sleep or pillow mist. My favorite is this Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Eucalyptus and Spearmint Pillow Mist. Silly as it sounds, this pillow mist makes heading to bed much more exciting. I’m all about small steps that will help me get the best sleep possible.
Make Your Bed ASAP
I know, I know, making your bed seems like just another task to do when you’re getting your day started. Too many people I know don’t make their beds and in all honesty, I think we need to start a bed-making movement. For me, making my bed is a small but important (!!!) step of my morning routine. For one, I find that it sets the tone for a productive day and even leads to good habits throughout the day (like wiping down the counter quickly after lunch, etc). And of course, making your bed and tidying up your space makes for a better living environment. If you find yourself heading out for the day without making your bed, try it tomorrow morning. Sometimes the little things have the most positive effect on our day.
Let The Light In + Create A Happy Space
After making my bed, the next step is to open my blinds all the way (the more sunlight, the better!), light my favorite candle, and turn on a playlist. Most of the time I wake up with a ready-to-go and refreshed attitude, but on the days when I’m feeling a bit off or just need a pick-me-up, this step is crucial. When we create a space that is calming and happy, our moods will often turn from negative to positive quite quickly. This step will help to get you to a better mindset and will keep you happy throughout the day.
Next step is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Did I say hydrate enough? When you drink a good amount of water in the morning, you’ll flush out any harmful toxins and rehydrate after your 8 hours (I’m all about 8+ hours of sleep) of beauty rest. Plus, it’ll give you some energy to get your day going. I find that when I start drinking water early in the day, I’m better about continuing to hydrate throughout the day. In between my glasses of water, I’ve been loving drinking peppermint tea and Matcha. If you’re like me and like a bit of sweetness in your tea, try adding honey or agave.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a perfect morning routine without a little self-care and time for myself. I don’t care what you have going on — making the time (even if it’s just 5 minutes!) for yourself is so important. Whether that means spending some time doing your makeup while listening to a podcast, filling out a crossword puzzle, or just making a healthy breakfast you’ve been craving — self-care is important and key to a happy mind. Building a morning routine is a form of self-care in itself!
I’m not sure what your mornings look like, but I encourage you to build a morning routine that works for you! If you think you don’t have enough time, make the time by getting up a bit earlier each day. If you’re not sure where to start, start here. 🙂