I used to hate mornings. If you dared to speak to me as I shuffled around the house, searching for breakfast and rubbing at my groggy eyes, you’d likely be rewarded with a glare or a sigh or a snapped request of “It’s the morning – leave me alone.” I thought of mornings as a chore I needed to get through in order to begin my day and wouldn’t really feel “awake” until I had made my way to work.
But, slowly, I’ve managed to change that and now I would even go as far as to call myself a “morning person” (although, really, I’m an “all day” person, happy to stay up late just as much as I am to wake up early). All it took was a couple of changes to my morning routine.
So what small changes did I make?
Get up earlier
It seems to go against common sense, but by getting up a little earlier – even just 15 minutes – I found I didn’t have that awful rushed feeling in the morning and, by not rushing, I was able to actually enjoy things like my morning coffee without feeling like I had to gulp it down in a hurry.
Do something I enjoy
So much of our mornings are made up of the things we have to do – having breakfast, showering, brushing our teeth, getting dressed – and there’s not always a lot of enjoyment in that. I will sometimes read poetry whilst drinking coffee, or I will listen to a Podcast, or I will have cuddles with my cat, or I will meditate, or, if I have time, I will do all of those things listed – and more.
I’ve recently jumped on the overnight oats bandwagon and I can’t believe I didn’t discover them sooner. I make a chocolate variety, with vanilla soymilk and cacoa powder, and I top them with raspberries and blueberries. Having a delicious breakfast waiting for me in the fridge saves a little bit of time in the morning and just makes the morning feel that much easier. I also try to ensure that my bag is packed for the day and that anything else I need for the day is organized, so that I can focus on relaxing and enjoying my morning, rather than running around looking for the dress that I want to wear.
These things seem really simple but they’ve helped my shift my thinking about mornings and to help me feel like I’m beginning the day in a positive way. With a new job starting next week, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to keep these habits and to build on to them so that I’m never again rushing into work still groggy and tired!