One of the things that instantly puts me in a good mood every single morning, is the sunshine that creeps up into the bedroom through the blinds.
Coincidentally, leaving my blinds slightly opened and allowing that sunshine to enter the room as the Sun rises, is one of the ways I trick myself into getting out of bed early.
I do have to say though, that most days during the week, my day starts before the sun rises. Then, of course, there are also those days when the Sun doesn’t shine as bright, days that are gloomy and cloudy.
The good news is that you can easily make those gloomy and dark mornings brighter, too.
It’s all in the power of habit and creating a routine for yourself- one that fits your lifestyle, needs and one that… will make your mornings brighter, regardless of the weather outside your bedroom window.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR MORNINGS BRIGHTER
ALWAYS MAKE YOUR BED
There are a few very small things that you do every morning, which set the tone for the rest of your day. Personally, I believe that making your bed, every single morning before you get ready for your day, is one of those little things that make your life better and help you develop strong discipline.
The simple task of making your bed can not only make your mornings brighter, but it’s one of those keystone habits that can help you develop other habits that will make your life easier.
Making your bed in the morning just looks and… feels better. It gives you that small sense of accomplishment. All it takes is about 5 minutes. When you get home from work after a tough day, the sight of a neatly-made bed alone can help you feel relaxed and calm. Now, imagine if you get home, enter your bedroom and see your messy bed, a pile of pillows lying around, clothes and a bunch of other things sitting on top of your bed. That doesn’t seem fun or relaxing now, does it?
DO NOT REACH FOR YOUR PHONE
Living in the 21st century means that most of us are constantly “connected” to our phones, laptops, other devices and outlets throughout the day. Why not cherish those first few moments of the day, before exposing yourself to the constant information overload you experience throughout your workday?
Reaching for your phone, first thing in the morning can immediately draw your attention to the things you’ve missed while you were sleeping. All those new notifications can easily cause stress and you find yourself thinking about solving problems or catching up on things, even before you’ve gotten a chance to get out of bed. The truth is, most of that stuff, if not all of it, can easily wait until your day officially starts.
HAVE A LONG STRETCH
Ideally, you would have a nice, decent workout every day, early in the morning. In reality, though, most of us have way too much going on to make that a priority (which, of course, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try).
The good news is, all you need is a 5-10 minute stretch or little yoga session (which you can even do while still in bed) to energize yourself and get ready for the day.
If you can’t find much time to do it during the day, meditate in the morning. You can even do it before you get out of bed, while still lying down. It’s one of those mindfulness practices that leave you feeling more balanced, energized, emotionally stable, and at peace.
TREAT YO’ SELF
This was a key for me becoming a morning person, after years of dealing with sleep patterns that were completely out of whack. I always make sure to have something small and exciting to look forward to, every single morning. Something that will make my getting up extra early worth the effort.
It can be journaling, reading a chapter of a good book, taking a refreshing morning walk with my dog, reading a magazine while sipping on my peppermint tea when the rest of the house is still asleep. Those are tiny self-care habits that I don’t get to do every single day if my day is fully packed, which is why I take advantage of my mornings. I mean, who says that you can’t start your day with a nice hot bath, coffee in one hand and avocado hand in the other? If you know you have an important interview or a meeting scheduled, get up extra early and start your day doing something small and special for yourself.
Life is as special as you make it and you don’t have to have fancy things or a lot of money or time to treat yourself to some quality self-care.
Nothing makes your mornings more stressful than being in a rush or running late.
Plan ahead. Get up 30 minutes early and see how big of a difference it can make. If you feel like there aren’t enough hours left in your day for you to practice some self-care, try getting up early and spend some time, just by yourself. If you aren’t much of a morning person, this won’t be easy at first. It doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, though. This comes from a former night owl, who still struggles with sleep at times.
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Of course, our routines are different. My day probably doesn’t look the same as yours. Some people get to get up at 8 am, others (like me) are well on their way to work at that time. Then, there are some of us who work night shifts and spend their mornings trying to catch up on sleep. You don’t have to have the exact same routine as others, to make your mornings brighter.
While my mornings start at 5.30 am, yours might not start until 9 am. It’s all about finding and creating those little habits that work for you. Things like making your bed, having something small to look forward to each morning, meditating, not reaching for your phone the minute you wake up, making your bed before leaving the house- these can all help make your mornings brighter, regardless of what time you wake up or get out of bed.