Imagine a morning person. The type of person who does a hop, skip and a jump out of bed on a morning a millisecond before the alarm blares. The type of person who wakes up to birds chirping and pulls a long, elegant stretch. The type of person who runs around the office with exclamations of ‘GOOD MORNING!’. Got it? Yeah, that’s not me…
I’m never been a morning person, it’s just not in my nature. If we put it in Disney terms, I wake up more like Anna from Frozen than Giselle from Enchanted. I find mornings a struggle. Snooze has always been my best friend and groans of frustration have never failed to escape me. Conversation is unwanted first thing and in the past, I’ve had a bit of reputation as a miserable morning bitch.
This all changed when I took up meditation. Whilst it didn’t change my life completely, it made me slightly more motivated on a morning. It really helped me to wake up more positively.
More recently I have tried other things in my morning rountine which have really helped me to be more positive on a morning.
I’m not gonna lie, I still have the occassional frustrated morning where I bash the life out of my alarm but overall, this works. I’ve read many blog posts in the past about morning rountines and how they help you wake up better but those routines are just not for me. This morning rountine is probably the least conventional morning routine in the world but it works for me and that’s what you need to find, something that works for you. Ignore all of the stereotypical ways of waking up and find a routine that helps. If you find waking up easier and start the day with a more positive, motivated and mindful perspective then you’ve got the right routine!
Press the snooze button
I know, I know, that’s the worst thing to do, right? For me, it works. I hate being startled from a beautiful slumber by my alarm but it makes things better if I know I don’t have to get out of bed that second but have another ten minutes to come around. It only works once though, any more and I’m just being lazy.
Whilst I’m waiting for the kettle to boil, I wash my face. I find this refreshing and it helps to wake me up.
Get back into bed
Ridiculous I know and makes me sound so lazy but knowing I’m getting back in, helps me to get out in the first place. Then once I’m out I feel awake and getting back in is just a relaxing 15 minutes to enjoy my tea and read. This 15 minutes helps to start the day off right.
I’ve tried meditating at different times of day but I just don’t find it as beneficial as first thing on a morning. Meditation really helps me to begin my day with a clear head and positive outlook. It’s a time of day when I have some alone time and can really feel a sense of peace.
Listen to a podcast
The final thing that helps me is listening to a podcast whilst I’m getting ready. It helps to stimulate my mind and get my brain juices flowing (ew, that sounds grim but I’m keeping it in). It also keeps me focused on something else rather than letting me think how much I’d rather be in bed than getting ready for work.
I have some crazy ideas but they work for me! All 5 help me start my day in a better mood which leads to a more positive day. If you’re finding that the conventional morning routine suggestions aren’t working, maybe try my unusual approach, you never know.
Leave in the comments anything you do to help you on a morning!
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