Anyone who knows me knows that I was never a morning person. The mornings meant waking up groggy and having to get out of a warm bed. Not only that, but also changing out of pajamas and having to face a work or school day. Um, no thanks!
However, after becoming a mom, I have learned that mornings are SACRED! They truly kick start your day, so you want to make them count. Here are three things you can incorporate into your morning routine so that you don’t dread it, and actually start to like the sound of your alarm going off.
- Move Your Body
Here’s the thing: your body was just asleep for approximately 6-8 hours, and it is very unlikely that it will be willing to transition to something else so quickly. Being active first thing in the morning is a great way to wake up slowly and at your own pace. You are able to center your thoughts and take moments to just be. It is time to yourself that may be hard to fit in at any other point in the day. Plus, the endorphins will boost your mood and get you started on the right foot.
Try this workout:
5 minute warm-up consisting of stretches and light cardio (running in place, squats, jumping jacks, etc).
1 minute of each move, then repeat circuit 2 more times
- Elbow Plank
- Sumo Squats
- Sit ups
- Elbow Plank
*Be sure to do a cool down
It doesn’t have to be a long workout, whatever you have time for. It might even look like yoga, stretching, or walking on the treadmill or outside. Mix it up and have fun with it.
- Wake Up Earlier
Now before you throw something at me through the computer screen, hear me out. Your mornings are the most productive part of your day. That means whatever it is that is most important to you should be done at this time of day. That also means having the time for it, and not waking up 5 minutes before you have to go out the door. In order to do this, work backwards. For example, if you want to incorporate movement and prayer in the morning, calculate approximate times for each of them (perhaps 30 minutes for a workout, and 30 minutes for prayer). This means you need an extra hour each morning to complete these tasks. Set your alarm for 1 hour and 15 minutes earlier than you usually do to make up for other miscellaneous things, such as getting dressed in your workout gear.
Now, I am definitely not endorsing getting less sleep in order to do these things, so that leads me to say that you’ll have to go to bed earlier. I know that this doesn’t sound thrilling to you, but it makes a huge impact on your everyday life! The mornings will give you a lot more momentum for your day than the evenings will.
At the very least, try it out, and see if it’s something that you can adapt to!
- Make Breakfast
This is an obvious one, but the real meaning behind it is to make a breakfast you love eating. I used to make something quick because I didn’t have time in the mornings. However, now I take the time to make something that satisfies my taste buds so that I look forward to it everyday.
Here’s my go to:
1 whole wheat bagel with butter
2 slices of turkey bacon
2 eggs easy over
Chocolate Protein Shake (I usually workout in the mornings, so this is my recovery drink)
Coffee with cream
Have something that will get you thinking about kicking the sheets off and running to get cooking! Make time for food; it also contributes to your mood in the morning, so make sure it is nourishing you!
If you incorporate even one of these tips, you will find your morning to be enjoyable! I know it’s not easy, but it’s sure worth a shot! Be sure to tell me in the comments which one you will be trying!
- Jess 🙂