5 Ways to Make Morning the Best Time of Your Day
Written by Phylicia Masonheimer | January 19, 2016
You roll out of bed, smack the blaring alarm clock and stare glumly out the window. Morning can be rough, can’t it?
Some people absolutely love mornings. Others work best late at night. Unfortunately for night owls, the modern world operates to the advantage of morning people, with most professional jobs requiring a start time of 8 or 9 a.m. What’s a night owl to do?
Believe it or not, there are ways to make morning more enjoyable for those who don’t like it (though you might never love it like those early birds do)! Here are five tips to jump-start your day and make morning a little less miserable.
1. Give yourself a reward. If all you have to look forward to in the morning is a rushed commute to work or school, that alarm clock won’t be very enticing! Instead, think of something you really love, and schedule it for those early hours. Maybe it’s 15 minutes reading your favorite book or going for a run. Scheduling something you enjoy early in the morning is a great way to wake up in a better mood.
For me, my “morning reward” is coffee. I’ll buy a new brand or flavor and make it via one of my three different coffee brewing methods (maybe I’m a little obsessed!). Even on the mornings when I just want to roll over and go back to sleep, the promise of coffee gets me up and to the kitchen!
2. Prepare the night before. One of the reasons we struggle with mornings is the rush to get everything done before heading out the door. What if you could shortcut that stress and have the peaceful morning they depict in those cappuccino commercials? You can! Whether you’re a high school or college student, working full-time or a stay-at-home mom (like me), preparing the night before is an excellent habit to cultivate. It allows you to wake up without feeling overwhelmed before your day even begins.
How do you do it? Each evening, lay out your outfit for the next day. Make sure any chores you usually do in the morning are already finished (like dishes), and maybe lay out what you need for breakfast. When I was working full-time, packing my lunch always cluttered up my morning. I started doing it the night before and was astonished at how much time I had before my commute!
3. Eat breakfast. And not Froot Loops! The cereal boxes say it all the time, but it really is true: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast jump-starts your metabolism, revving up your body and using those calories for energy throughout the day. This contributes to healthy weight and overall energy from dawn to dusk.
Since your body will be depending on that first meal, make sure it’s a good one! Yogurt and granola, eggs and avocado, and toast with peanut butter and banana are all quick, easy meals that make great choices for breakfast.
And of course, if you’re a coffee drinker, don’t forget that! (Or tea, if that’s your thing.) Need ideas for healthy breakfasts? Check out this board on Pinterest.
4. Get moving. Even if it’s just a few jumping jacks or stretches, getting active in the morning wakes you up more effectively than any amount of caffeine. Some people love exercise so much it doubles as their “reward” for getting up early. Others dislike exercise and morning equally, so neither sounds especially thrilling! Whatever the case, getting in the habit of a 10-minute workout routine can do wonders for your health and mental focus.
If you’re wondering where to start, check out Popsugar’s 10-minute workouts on their Pinterest board!
5. Spend time in God’s Word. Finally, and most importantly, carve out a few minutes to spend time with the Lord. An easy way to do this is to read a chapter in Proverbs for each day of the month. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs—one for each day! Or you can follow a Bible reading plan, like the chronological one I’m doing through Bible Gateway. On rushed days, listen to the Bible aloud on your commute, or pray aloud during your drive instead of listening to music.
Morning doesn’t have to be miserable—you can define it based on your own personality and tastes!
Need more ideas for a morning routine? Check out the ideas on this site!
Ladies, how do you make morning the best time of your day?