6 Things to Do When You First Wake Up

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Although I love mornings, I’m not a morning person. Staying up late after all the business from the day is much more appealing to me. I still tend to stay up late, but the reality of mom life is that not waking up until 8am feels really late. I’m working on my morning routine so I can feel more energized, have better skin and be ready to take on the day. I’ve realized that when I conquer the morning, even if I have to get up at 5am to fit in everything I want to do, the day runs smoother. I find myself less tired and happier.

Drink water

When your body is dehydrated you may find yourself feeling sluggish. For me, I tend to jump up in the morning and start making breakfast for the family only to realize that I’ve cooked, cleaned and found it almost noon without even taking a sip. Drinking water when you wake up refreshes you and gives your body that much needed boost after a long night’s sleep. I sleep with a full water bottle on my night stand because I tend to get thirsty throughout the night. This makes it easy to wake up and start drinking water in the morning also.

Get Some Fresh Air

Open a window, take a step outside, maybe even drink your coffee on the patio. Fresh air in the morning can do wonders for your day. If you enjoy exercise in the morning, change up your scenery and try some outdoor activities. There’s a place here in town that does rooftop early morning yoga. The sunrise, crisp air and doing something good for your body- what’s not to love!

Don’t Skip Breakfast

Sometimes the boost you need in the morning comes in the form of a hearty breakfast. Getting your body the fuel it needs to start the day is important, but can sometimes feel like a hassle rather than essential.  I love fresh fruit and a veggie filled omelette in the mornings or Simple Strawberry Overnight Oats. If you don’t want to cook when you get up in the morning, there are lots of recipes that allow for prep the night before so you’re ready to go in the morning. Try experimenting with your favorite meals and see how you can prepare them the night before.

Get Up Before You Have To

My husband always tells me to get up early than I actually have to, and I usually grumble and go back to sleep, but he’s right. I feel a lot better when I have a little quiet time to myself in the morning. Usually I wake up when my son starts making noise via the baby monitor and then it’s go go go for the rest of the day. When I wake up earlier, grab some coffee and mentally prepare for the day I usually feel a lot better.

Do Something Enjoyable

Find time in the morning for one of your hobbies. It can be something simple such as catching up on the news or journaling. When the demands of the week are overwhelming, knowing that you have already set a little time aside to center yourself each day can makes a world of difference.

Prepare the Night Before

When I was a kid my mom always made us set out our clothes for school the night before. Though I disliked doing this, it definitely saved time in the morning. Try to find ways to save time in the morning by preparing the night before. Sometimes I set my workout clothes and accessories out the night before when I know I’m going to be extra tired, and make a bowl of overnight oats so when I wake up I can step right into my day. Tidying up the night before can also help your morning routine also. Waking up to a tidy house makes it easier start new and get ahead on the day’s activities.

What’s a must have in your morning routine?