Waking up on the right side of the bed seems to be an 8 Days a Week struggle. Whether it be getting up on a dreaded Monday or battling a hangover on a Saturday, having a good morning will hopefully brighten the rest of your day. Even if you have a terrible rest of the day, at least you had that little bit of me time before the chaos of daily life ensues. I love the mornings, it’s usually the best part of my day. I love the fact that regardless of what yesterday was, I have another chance at writing my life. Between my mom, sister and myself, I’m the first to wake up. Whilethey have a 20 minute scurry of wash face/brush teeth/get dressed routine, I like to enjoy a cup of tea, spend time curating my outfit, editing my to-do list etc. Having a sense of relaxation in the beginning of my day eases the rush of responsibilities that occur thorough my quotidian life.
This quote from one of my all time favorite books, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by John McGregor summarizes my thoughts on mornings:
“The whole city stopped – And this is a pause worth savouring, because the world will soon be complicated again.”
Before life gets complicated again, and the emails start coming and the boss starts calling and the baby starts crying, here are some tips to having a smooth morning:
- Make your bed: Once my bed is made, I’m deterred from climbing back in again. Also, when I was 11 or 12, I saw some HGTV guru say how a made bed deceives your whole room to looking tidier, and so I started to make my bed. I mean if all goes wrong, at least your bed is made, yaknowwhatimsaying? It takes 30 seconds and makes you a better human, just do it.
- Organize your agenda/Write a to-do list: This is an essential part of my day. Without my to do list I’d probably lose myself entirely. Sounds super Type-A, but I depend on my agenda. There are just so many things to do, why try remembering it all when you can write it down? If you prefer digital organization, download a cool app that was mentioned on forbes.com and promises to do it all for you; this basically means you’re a super responsible millennial who takes advantage of what society has to offer. Wow, look at you go.
- Listen to a playlist or podcast: I can go all day without speaking to another human. Apparently this is a warning sign for something terribly wrong with me, but then again my mom thinks she’s Steven Pinker. Regardless, I love to listen to what people have to say or hear a good song. In the mornings, listening to a podcast makes me seriously feel like an adult. Like look at me listening to all these great NPR life improvement tips (next step is to actually implement them in my life, but that goes on the to-do list). Or, while I get ready, I put on a playlist that makes me feel like a badass who’s about to do great things. Total exaggeration: by great things I mean attend lecture.
- Eat Something: Not just anything though. Have an actual breakfast with protein and fruits and a good for you things. Once you start you can’t stop. When I’m too lazy to cook something, I put some spinach, protein powder, almond milk, and frozen fruit into my Magic Bullet. Or when I’m feeling myself, I make 2 ingredient pancakes (eggs and banana mushed together) with peanut butter and honey on top. All of this always accompanied by green tea and water of course. Wow, it already looks like I have my life together. But I really don’t. Just make some breakfast and lie to yourself, it’s a balanced meal.
- Remind yourself it’s going to be a good day: Even though you have no idea how your day will turn out, reassure yourself that you’re going to be the best version of you, regardless of what life throws at you. If you don’t remind yourself you’re fab AF, then who will?