If you’re anything like me you might have a very strong dislike of mornings. I don’t want to talk to anyone, have anyone look at me, or have to make any decisions for at least two hours after waking up. The only exception to this rule is that I’ll allow my cats to sit near me, as long as they are SILENTLY judging me.. once they start trying to talk and interact I’m done.
My mom used to always tell me that as I got older “I would become more of a morning person.” So my whole life I’ve been telling myself “okay.. as I get older and get a job this will be easier bla bla bla.” I really believed this until one day I walked into the teachers lounge and said hi to a fellow teach who is about to retire. She was telling me how she accidentally slept in until 7 and had about 15 minutes to get ready and be at school at 7:30.
I could tell from her face that she was still in the morning wake up zone. I started to tell her what everyone says about mornings becoming easier as you get older and she basically said “for some people, not me.. I’m a wake up around 9 am person and I’ve always been that way.”
This is when I knew that this is how I would be for the rest of my life. I’ve never been one of those people who could just wake up and get sh*t done. My first year in Colorado, I was always so cold in the mornings I would sit under an electric blanket for about 45 minutes drinking my coffee until I was ready to face to day.
Since I have accepted that I shall never be a glorious morning person, I decided to find ways to make my mornings easier, I have shared those ways with you below:)
Mornings are still the worst part of my day… but I’m really trying here people so go along with this.
Have a nice, clean, and inviting space to eat breakfast and have something planned to eat that you can look forward to!
This is my eating space in my tiny apartment, I’ve done the best I could with the space and although Petrie thinks it’s his bed, I look forward to sitting here in the mornings with some music playing while I eat breakfast.
Speaking of breakfast, I don’t have amazing low carb crepes every morning but I do have coffee ready to go and a breakfast of eggs and bacon that I enjoy every morning! By the way, if you haven’t made Carolyn’s Low Carb Lemon Raspberry Crepes… GO AND DO THAT RIGHT NOW. For my fellow Paleo/keto eaters, this recipe is a must for Sunday Mornings. Thank you Carolyn, I love you.. please be my friend.
Here I am eating bacon on the couch.. I can’t even follow my own rules.
Have a fancy mug for your morning coffee so you can sit and feel like you have your sh*t together
My Low Carb Pumpkin Chai Latte (blog post coming soon on that)
Make sure you have a real mug for your coffee, or just use the coffee pot depending on your quality of sleep the night before.
Lets get real, I drink a lot of coffee in the mornings and my fancy mug doesn’t really cut it so feel free to drink straight from a bowl, coffee pot, or biggest mug you can find. I believe in you.
Find a calming stretching or yoga routine to do in the morning.
Hopefully your animals will actually let you finish your yoga sequence. I have yet do yoga without having some hair pulled out, but if I’m honest the hair putting from Petire does wake me up a bit.
I do (try) this 5 minute Wake Up With Yoga from Fitwirr and I think that it does help me feel more awake, calm, and ready to face the day OR do my hated “decide what to wear today.”
Set your clothes out the night before.
On the mornings when I don’t pick out my clothes I walk into my closet and it looks like the “before” picture after 25 minutes of me putting everything I own on. From there I’m 20 minutes late and don’t have time to clean up my clothes mess. It’s a real issue for me, usually I don’t even like the outfit if I pick it out in the morning. Things really do go much smoother when I pick out my outfit the night before and lay it on a chair all ready to go. Also for somer reason waking up to a put together outfit always makes me feel like I’m more organized than I am.
Think about the good things that you will do today.
If you’re feeling like these two lazy bums above, mentally prepare yourself for the tasks you have to do today. Remind yourself of something that you will do today that you enjoy, even if its coming home later and watching Bachelor in Paradise (seriously did anyone watch that? I can’t believe Nick is going to be the new Bachelor).
I’m a teacher and honestly sometimes it’s hard for me to always feel “on” for the day so I have to remind myself of at least one exciting thing I get to share with my students for the day. When I get home I usually take a nice long walk, practice my flute, or go to the pottery lab and practice. So I always try and remind myself of all the beautiful things I get to do that day. So tomorrow morning try and make a point to think of one positive thing you have going on that day (for example; right now I have ribs cooking in the crockpot.. RIBS MY FRIENDS).
Say goodbye to your loved ones for the day.
When I leave for the morning I always say bye to Petrie and Littlefoot and remind them that I’ll be home later and to please don’t pee on anything or eat any plastic today.
Well folks that is my morning routine and I’m always looking for new ways to make morning easier for myself. What does your morning routine look like? Or maybe you’re one of those crazy people who loves mornings and what you should really be doing is thanking the universe for that gift.
Calming morning yoga..