The days are getting darker and getting up in the morning seems even harder than before. But as a busy career girl, mornings are very important. You need to get up and get ready for a new and exciting day. Sounds much easier said than done? Well, here are 7 tips to help you manage to become a morning person for once and for all.
1. Don’t snooze
This might sound like the hardest thing to do, but research has shown that snoozing will make you feel even more tired. So instead of setting your alarm half an hour earlier so you can snooze three times, just set the alarm once. At first it will be horrible, but once you get used to it you’ll be much more energized.
2. Make your breakfast special
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You need energy, especially after a long night of sleep. If you make yourself a breakfast to be excited about, you’ll get up much easier. Think about fresh fruits, croissants or my personal favorite: a double chocolate muffin! A strong cup of coffee on the side and you’re ready for another productive day!
3. Start the day with your favorite music
Once you’re out of bed you have to get ready for work anyways, so why not do it with your favorite music? Don’t use it as an alarm, though, from my own experience I can tell that every song I ever used as an alarm, I can’t stand anymore. But when you get dressed you can easily put on a playlist or even the radio will do. A little morning dance never killed anyone now did it?
4. Take a nice warm shower
People say a cold shower will help you to wake up. What they forget to mention is that a cold shower will leave you cold and grumpy. That’s why starting the day with a hot shower is much better for a good mood. You might not feel wide awake right away, but at least you’ll be warm and comfortable.
5. Make a mantra and start thinking about it the night before
A morning mantra is good to help you get out of bed. But thinking about it the night before will help you to actually remind it when the alarm goes off. Go for something like: “Tomorrow I will be one step closer to where I want to be” and motivate yourself for another amazing day!
6. Read a few pages of an interesting book
There are so many great career girl books! I have quite a list of my own and reading a few pages every day helps me so much to get motivated. Especially during early mornings, wishing you could just go back to bed. You can read it during breakfast or on your way to the office – if you go by public transport -, so you don’t have to schedule in extra time.
7. Create a morning routine
A daily routine will help you to go from always late to the ultimate morning person. You can write down all the things you want to get done before leaving the house. Stuff like: getting dressed, blow drying your hair, eating breakfast, meditate etc. Once you’ve completed them all, you will leave the house satisfied and ready to rock the rest of the day! Repeat the list every day until it becomes a good habit.
What do you do in the morning to start the day fresh? Let me know in the comments below!
By Shelley Beekman