Sharing a handful of ways to make mornings just a bit easier for you! If you struggle with getting moving in the morning, try out these tips to get going!
It is the first day back to school after two weeks off for winter break. For those of you that are new around here (Hi!!!), I am a middle school teacher. It has been a wonderful two weeks off of school and just what I needed. I got to spend time at home with family and friends AND I moved into my new apartment. My roommate and I have spend the last couple of days getting everything functional and organized. And it is finally feeling like home <3
Now that school is back in session, I am ready to get back into the swing of things. As much as I love time off, I LOVE my routine. Over the past few years, I have realized that I am a morning person. I realized in college that I do my most productive work in the morning and started to embrace it. Even if it felt like I was the only college student with a 6am alarm sometimes!
Although I am my most productive and happiest in the morning, I would be lying if I said I did not have mornings that I struggle to get moving. Those mornings you just want to stay in bed or lay around with a cup of coffee and a good book. I am sure we all have mornings like that, even if we are morning people. There are a couple things I keep in my routine so that my mornings, especially those mornings, are a bit easier. I hope you find them helpful!!
1) Make breakfast less stressful
As much as I love cooking and creating new recipes, sometimes breakfast is so blah to me. When I was living in my last apartment, I was so uninspired to cook that breakfast especially was hard for me. I ate corn flakes for breakfast for weeks straight. It wasn’t the perfect breakfast, but it was what worked for me at the time. Now that I am a bit more inspired to cook and prep ahead of time, I still do not want to spend a lot of time in the morning making my breakfast. Morning time is so valuable to me!I still try to have some sort of idea going into the morning of what I am going to eat for breakfast. I am getting better at switching it up from the same breakfast, but whatever it is that I choose, I want easy and convenient.
Enter: Gluten Free POWER Breakfast. The Gluten Free Bar is a Michigan-based company that has recently launched their Power Breakfast. And it has made my mornings SO much easier. All you need to do is open up the container, fill it up with water to the fill line, then put it in the microwave to cook, then it is ready to eat! Breakfast could not get any easier than that. The Gluten Free Bar sent me two different flavors — Maple Raisin & Fruit, Nuts and Seeds — and both have bee delicious. You know those oatmeal packets that barely fill you up and are loaded with sugar? These are the opposite. The Power Breakfast is protein-packed with nuts and seeds and has no extra sugars. It is just the fuel I need to get my day going.
Make your breakfast a whole lot less stressful by having a plan and making it easy the morning of.
2) Don’t force a workout
Over the last year or so I have realized that weekday morning workouts are just not my jam. I wake up dreading my workout and it takes me a while to get going into my workout. Not the way I want to start my day. I decided to stop pushing myself to get my workout done early in the morning, and now hold it off until the afternoon. I am a lot happier going into my workouts and actually perform a lot better. I can nail my speed workouts spot on in the afternoon, that I just cannot come close to doing in the morning. I know everyone is different with this and I do love having my workout out of the way first thing in the morning, but my body just does not like it, so I don’t push it. I can actually go into work earlier and get more done (I am at my most productive in the morning!) and can leave earlier since I already got what I needed to get done in the morning. And with that early time I leave, I spend it working out! For me, this is a win-win.
3) Have your coffee (almost) ready
My mom taught me this tip and I love it! Fill your coffee maker with your desired coffee grounds and water the night before. Obviously, don’t turn it on, but have it all ready to go so that when you wake up and need your coffee to get you going, all you need to do is press the on button. This is a simple tip, but it can save you a couple of minutes, so why not?!
4) Wake up just 10 minutes earlier
If you are someone who is waking up and spending the rest of your morning before heading out the door rushing around, just do one thing — wake up just 10 minutes earlier. Just 10 minutes! Use that 10 minutes to do something before you get moving. For a while, I was waking up an hour earlier than I needed to and spent that time enjoying my coffee in bed while reading a book. It was my time that I looked forward to every single morning and it was such a nice way to start the day before heading into the rush of the school day. 10 minutes, 30 minutes, whatever you can manage, try it out! It may just make you enjoy mornings a bit more 🙂
5) Prep what you can the night before
I always do whatever I can the night before to get prepared for the day. I do this for two reasons — 1) it makes mornings less hectic (less running around trying to find something) and 2) I can take my time setting out and preparing what I need without worrying if I am running late. And I often forget things in the rush of the morning, but don’t in the evening.
For me, I like to have an idea of what I am going to wear the next day. I actually don’t set out my outfit the night before, since sometimes I wake up and have an entirely different idea or I put on the outfit and question why I thought I would wear that the night before. So I go in with just an idea, and I check to make sure everything is clean… and not in the bottom of my dirty clothes hamper. I like to have my lunch prepped the night before, my coffee (as mentioned above), and everything I need for work in my bag. Sometimes I need to take in an extra bag into work when I stock up on supplies, so I make sure to set that bag next to my work bag so I that I don’t forget it as I am walking out the door. If the weather is right, I sometimes throw a few things in my car the night before so I don’t have to make multiple trips in and out of my apartment before I leave (living on the third floor is rough sometimes…). Even just setting your car keys next to a list of what you need to take with you is helpful!
- Are you a morning person?
- How do you try to make your mornings easier?