Everyone has had those mornings where you barely have time to brush your teeth before you need to be out the door and on your way to work.
Mornings like these can start the day off negatively in both attitude and timing, which can then impact the rest of your day.
Having a set of steps that you do daily can help you get ready physically and mentally to face the day and anything it may throw at you. Here are some tips to help you have a solid start to your day every day.
Use the night before
Typically, evenings are used for relaxing and spending time with your family and loved ones. But if you are someone who struggles to get up in the mornings, utilizing just a small part of your evening to prepare for the next day can make your mornings much easier.
Small tasks such as picking out your outfit or showering and washing your hair can give you a few of those precious extra minutes in bed.
There are plenty of styling techniques for your hair that you can sleep in and wake up with a polished look such as heatless curlers.
Getting your food ready the night before sets you up for success as well. By doing it in the evening, you are more relaxed about it and can think about what you want rather than grabbing things in a rush, which can positively impact your health in the long run.
You could take time to cook something which can be relaxing if you use cooking as a form of self-care or even just make a little extra of what you were already cooking for your evening meal. Just make sure to remember to get it out of the fridge before you leave!
Organize your space
Clutter and mess can be your downfall in the mornings. Searching through piles of beauty products or losing your hairbrush will only enhance your stress.
Taking a weekend to get properly organized, whilst a bit time-consuming, will benefit you greatly in the long run.
You should think about utilizing functional furniture, such as a wardrobe with a built-in dressing table.
Not only will this give you plenty of wardrobe space for you to store clothes, but you can use the dressing table for makeup and beauty products. On your dressing table, you could use baskets or makeup organizers to keep everything visible but tidy.
It can be hard to remember to take care of yourself when life is so busy, but self-care can help you to focus and keep a positive mindset.
Working out is great for releasing endorphins, so you could use the time you have saved by doing tasks in the evening to work out before work.
Lots of swimming pools open early, so getting a few laps in can get the blood pumping, wake you up properly, and get your head in the workday.
Alternatively, you could do something smaller like repeating positive affirmations in the mirror while you are doing your makeup.
Stick to a routine
As with every new habit, it can be tempting to throw in the towel, especially if it doesn’t work the first time you try it. Creating a morning routine that works for you can take some trial and error until you get it right.
Whilst you may be used to sleeping in on the weekends, trying to stick to your workday morning routine can be a great way to help you fall into the habits quicker as you won’t feel like you’re trying to get back into the swing of things every Monday.
Avoid the urge to hit the snooze button and eventually, it will become a habit to get up and get yourself going. You may even find you start waking up seconds before your alarm!
Jean Smith is a fitness enthusiast and blogger who focuses on fitness and a healthy lifestyle. She is passionate about assisting people in living healthier lifestyles and is constantly on the lookout for new and creative methods to stay fit and healthy. Her articles are excellent resources for anyone interested in improving their health and fitness.