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Prepare The Night Before
How long do you spend deciding what to wear each morning? How many times have you left the house only to realize you forgot to your pack lunch? I cannot being to tell you all of the times I left the house only to realize I was rushing about to much I forgot to brush my teeth! Seriously, it was bad.. I always felt like I was going around and round in circles instead of moving forward and leaving the morning chaos behind me.
Those precious hours after you wake up set your tone and mood for the duration of the day. So if your rushing around like a headless chicken all morning, the rest of your day will be filled with stress and chaos.
I read an article a few months ago that highlighted the benefits of reducing the amount of tasks you had to do in the morning. Do you take a pack lunch to work? Make it the night before. Three kids to dress for the school run? Pick out their outfits the night before and have their coats, shoes and school bags ready and waiting beside the door. Walk through your morning routine in your mind and pick out the tasks that you can do the night before.
Once you make your morning easier, you will begin to feel more organised and relaxed. Take the time you have freed up to enjoy a nice breakfast or treat yourself to a bit of self care.
The first thing you should do when you wake up is hydrate yourself. Your body has been deprived of water for 6-9 hours and it is dehydrated. Either take a bottle of water to bed or pour yourself a fresh one in the morning.
- Helps improve digestion
- Removes toxins from the blood
- Improves creation of new blood and muscle cells.
I am a huge fan of pretty water bottles (especially when they are plastic free!). I highly recommend Chilly’s water bottles. These beautifully unique bottles eliminate the need for single use plastic bottles. Just fill them up and take them wherever you go.
Stretch It Out
How do you sleep? Curled up on your side, on your back or star-fishing the whole bed? My fiance works away all week so I can starfish the bed as much as I want!
However you sleep, your body has been locked up, barely moving all night long. Start your morning by stretching your limbs and easing the tension in your body.
If you are a fan of yoga, I recommend doing 10-20 minutes of yoga before breakfast. I’m still trying to adapt yoga into my morning routine as I find my body feels more relaxed and awake. Not everyone likes yoga and sometimes we simply don’t have the time for it. On these days, simply stretch your arms, back and legs. It will make you feel much better and ready to take on the day.
Eat a substantial breakfast
Before I started my journey of self love and growth, I never ate breakfast and the rare time I did it was left over Chinese or chocolate biscuits. Don’t get me wrong, left over Chinese and chocolate biscuits are yummy, but not for the first meal of the day.
When you were a child, did your parents ever tell you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? My mum used to say it to me every morning when I would channel my childish stubbornness into refusing cereals. Only as an adult, have I finally realized that actually she was right. Eating the right breakfast will set your day off right and give your body and mind the energy it craves.
My breakfast recommendations:
- Fruit smoothie
- Natural yogurt with mixed berries
- Oatmeal with strawberries
Don’t have time to make a nice, healthy breakfast? Try Belvita Breakfast Biscuits. They have so many wonderful combinations (my personal favorite are the honey and nut) that can all be eaten on the go.
Plan Your Day
I love to plan. I am now a plan-a-holic but I wasn’t always.
Before I began to struggle with depression and anxiety, I was a carefree, spontaneous person. The kind of friend you could call to go somewhere at the drop of a hat. I would have never dreamed of writing to do lists and weekly agendas because I didn’t need them back then.
But now I do.
At first, I resented the fact I would now become overwhelmed almost instantly. Eventually, I learned to accept myself and my new ways and only then, was I able to help myself.
If you struggle with feeling organised in the morning, you find that your mind races with all the things you need to, then I recommend having a planner. Start small to begin with and don’t make more work for yourself. Fill out your planner whenever you have time. Before bed or as you wake up. For me, I do my daily plan while I have my breakfast. This allows me to appreciate the time.
Everyday, I create a ‘to do’ list. Here I list all the little things I need and want to do for the day. Some days, these are as simple as making a nice breakfast or brushing my teeth. Anything that you know is an achievement for you, write it down. Once you’ve done the task, ticking it off is a great way to see how much you have achieved and to feel a sense of pride.