I will be the first to say that I love a good Saturday sleep-in, but I’m by nature an early bird. Remember in middle school? Waking up to get to school before the sun came up was the coolest thing ever. Well, I’m still like that.
But I do realize not everyone is like me.
Lately I have been embracing + striving for slower mornings, carving out unhurried time until I feel bright enough to tackle my tasks. Here are the few things I’ve started doing to help make mornings even more enjoyable, and less challenging.
Don’t hit snooze. It’s easy to hit the “snooze” button when your alarm rings you to reality on those cold, dark mornings, but don’t do it! Ever. From experience, if I hit snooze 2-3 times I am like a zombie getting out of bed. It helps if I set the alarm for when I absolutely positively want to get out of bed.
Start with a good stretch. Before, I would go from zombie-sleep to trying to stand — I find this isn’t the best way to get me awake. Now, when I hit snooze I sit up and stretch, moving slowly, giving my body a chance to actually acknowledge it’s time to get moving.
Drink a glass of cold water. Not sure about you, but I wake up with a severe need for hydration and chapstick. So after my stretchin’ I head for the kitchen. It helps perk me up, and the cold temperature tends to send a shock.
Allow time for unhurried activity. This is my favorite, and quite possibly the most difficult. Workdays can run you ragged, so taking time to sit and relax will physically and mentally prepare your body and mind for the rest of your day. Whatever makes you happy, do it in the morning. Whether it’s the Bible app on my phone, or writing in my journal, or pulling my Bible from my bedside table, I try and make the time to sit, relax, a
nd read. Slowly, to absorb, to reflect.
Run through your day the night before. Look at your calendar and plan your outfit (and lunch) accordingly. If it’s Friday, I’m usually opting for jeans & converses. If it’s Tuesday, I usually drab up because I have work meetings. Jot down a couple goals before you go to sleep and revisit them in the morning. This way, you can go to bed without worrying about the next day, but feel prepared when you rise.
These are my thoughts, my efforts. Do you have habits or tips that help make your mornings great? I’d love to hear them.