Loving Every Morning

Loving Every Morning – by Kara Foote

I’m one of those people that needs to wake up early. To some people, that sounds totally crazy. To me, taking a little extra time in the morning to prepare myself for the day is a necessity. This helps me avoid two things that I hate. 1. Being late, and 2. Feeling rushed. Nobody wants to be running around their house first thing in the morning when they’re still half asleep. Not only will you be starting your day off full of anxiety, but you’ll probably be taking on unhealthy habits for the sake of getting out the door. Like drinking 3 cups of coffee just so you can feel alive for the first hour of work. Trust me, I’ve been there.

Believe me, it’s taken me a while to grow to love mornings. Honestly, it just took me a while to figure out what I need to begin my day on a good note. I think that everyone should have a meditative approach to starting the day, so that you don’t feel like you’re totally unprepared for the hectic day ahead. Hopefully this advice will help you get up and get going, so that you can be your most productive self.

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It starts the night before. Eliminate all of the morning guess work before you go to bed. Lay out all of your clothes, workout gear, shoes, whatever you need for that particular day. I’ve even gone to the lengths of setting out my makeup in order of application to kill some extra time. (That might be overkill, but you get the point.) Setting things out in advance also means you can change out of your pajamas first thing, which definitely helps avoid climbing back into bed.

Find something to look forward to. What would totally make your morning? Personally, I love making time to cook a nice breakfast for myself. Or brewing a rich cup of coffee with my French press. Do something for yourself. Do something that you can enjoy mindfully, that leaves you feeling great and like you accomplished something already. It’s only 7:30 and you already cooked breakfast and cleaned up the dishes. Look at you, conquering the day like a boss.

Take it easy on the caffeine. I know I know, I just mentioned my French press. Most of us know how magical coffee can be. That being said, make sure you don’t go overboard and end up jittery, only to crash an hour later. It might be tempting to go for the coffee as soon as you wake up, but try and replace that with a big glass of water. Our bodies become dehydrated during the night, and putting coffee in your stomach first thing will dehydrate you even more. Guzzle down some water first before anything else. I assure you, your body will thank you.

Get moving. I’m not saying you need to go do an hour of cardio and lifting right out of the gate. If going to the gym in the morning is your thing, by all means do it! There are a lot of benefits to early morning workouts. Not to mention, you can get it out of the way and not have to worry about it for the rest of the day. When I say get moving, I mean anything at all. A quick dynamic stretch session is a great way to wake up your body. If I have a particularly uneventful morning, I like following along with a slow flow yoga video of some sort. Even just stretching your neck and doing some shoulder circles is a good start. Get your blood flowing. Consider it your warm up for the day.

What is your idea of the perfect morning?

For me, waking up is far more than just getting out of bed. It’s getting my body and mind ready for whatever gets thrown at me. It’s about more than setting ten alarms, putting your clock across the room, and not hitting snooze. It’s about enjoyment, and doing what you need. If you could choose your perfect morning, what would it consist of? Now, how can you allow every morning to have that feeling? I’ve gotten into the habit of opening my blinds first thing, and enjoying my cup of coffee in front of my three big bay windows. It gives me the illusion that I’m in some fancy beach house. Do whatever you need to do. Soak in the sunlight. Meditate. Practice mindfulness in simple morning tasks. Why should we continue to suffer through daunting mornings full of stress when we could be waking up on a positive note every single day? Waking up early and taking the extra time for yourself is beyond worth it.

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