If you're not jumping out of bed at 5am singing "here comes the sun" then this post is for you.
I am not a night owl, like, at ALL. I like to be in bed by 10pm, if I'm out past that time without a few glasses of wine in me I start to get a little dull and my eyes glaze over - not because of the company, my body just LOVES to go to sleep early. My friends and I call it our "witching hour", I'll let you read into that.
On the flip side getting up at 5am is not my favorite either. 6/6:30am though, I can do that no problem *as long as I follow witching hour rules*. At first it was a little challenging but I started testing out adding different things to my morning routine with the goal of making it more enjoyable getting up at that hour + fueling my body so I feel healthy and energized throughout the day. After about a week or so of getting up at 6:30am daily my body got used to it, so first piece of advice is stick with rising at the same time for at least a week or two so you give your body a chance to acclimatize. Second big piece of advice is get enough sleep. You may need to change your evening routine to get more out for your morning one. Adults need approx. 7-9 hours of sleep. I can't relate to the people who say they can operate on 4/5 hours sleep, I just don't believe that our bodies can get enough rest in that amount of time (nighttime is when our body recovers from the day, and recovery is important!). BUT if you are one of them, power to ya, you probably think I'm a wimp for needing 8 hours a night.
Don't Hit Snooze!
I can't believe I just said that. I used to hit the snooze button around 5 times a morning each time I hit it mentally deciding which piece of my morning routine I'll have to remove to get 10 more minutes of sleep - "if I don't wash my hair I can hit snooze 2 more times" for example. When the alarm goes off you get a hit of adrenaline so take advantage of it and get up! It's harder to get up after hitting the snooze button 1+ times, you're groggy and let's be honest, that extra 10 minutes of sleep really isn't doing anything magical for you. I love the idea behind this alarm clock, when the alarm goes off the design of the clock requires you to turn the clock face down, ensuring you've woken up.
Make Your Bed
My mom isn't' going to believe I just said that. I was lucky enough to meet the owner of Manready Mercantile at a lululemon workshop in Marfa this summer, he's crushing it in business and in life, the guy has lived a thousand lives already. One of the many valuable things that stuck with me is to make my bed every morning. Use it as a chance to stick to a daily commitment and on those days where you feel like the universe is working against you, you can take solace in the fact that you've accomplished at least one thing, a nicely made bed. We just got bamboo bed sheets, they're incredibly soft and cool.
You just spent 8 hours starving your body of food and water which means you are likely a little dehydrated. I drink at least 10 ounces of water when I get up. I also drink 8 ounces of Vibrant Health Energy Greens mixed with water. I felt like I wasn't getting enough greens so I added this to my diet. I don't even need coffee before I head out for my run after having these two things, I instantly feel more energized.
I've also started taking a half a spoonful of bee pollen in the mornings, it contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins that human bodies need. I want to get it all in my body while it's hungry to absorb whatever I put in it as I've basically been starving it overnight. *Bee pollen is not good for everyone, nor should pregnant women consume it. Always do you research before taking any vitamins or supplements.
Workout first thing. Just do it. You will feel better the ENTIRE day. You'll have more energy, feel accomplished and you won't have your workout looming over you the entire day. It's also a great chance to clear your head first thing and get mentally prepared for your day. I started running first thing in the morning at least 4-5 days a week and my energy levels + mental state throughout the day have improved. I don't hit that 2pm wall and I have more patience. Hallelujah. Before I head out for a run first thing I have my water, Vibrant Greens and half a banana, It seems to do the trick for up to 4-5 miles.
Don't like to run? Some days I'll do one of the workouts from Maven, (here) I'm a big fan of her body weight programs, or hit up group fitness class (sign up in advance to hold yourself accountable).
Tackle Important & Challenging Tasks First
Get them off your plate and off your mind first thing. You'll feel lighter, accomplished (spotting a trend yet?) and won't be deemed a procrastinator. I just ordered Wrinkle & Crease's 2017 day planner, can't wait to crack it open!
Plan Your Day & Your Outfit The Night Before
My good friend Jill lays out the following day's tasks before she finishes work for the day so when she gets in she doesn't have to waste time getting organized, she can jump right in. The woman is a genius. In addition, it's a wise idea to pick out your outfit the night before, that way you won't waste brain space and time figuring out what you are going to wear the next day.
There you have it, a few things to consider if you're wanting to make your morning routine badass and productive. Oh! I almost forgot, I mentioned the word "accomplished" a few times in this post, I think it's important to celebrate the wins and to feel like you've achieved something every day. Positive reinforcement does wonders for the mind and soul. Let me know if you have any hot morning tips in the comments below!