Day after day I find myself waking up and immediately hitting the snooze button. This internal struggle goes on for about a half hour or so until I'm absolutely forced to get out of bed. With nine am classes becoming part of my daily routine this semester, I had to figure out a way to turn myself into a "morning person". Hope you guys find these tips just as helpful as I do.
1. Read Inspirational Quotes
I post new goals, phrases, or aspirations on my bathroom mirror on a monthly basis. It's the first thing I see when I wake up, and I could always use some encouragement on starting my day. This quote is at the WeWork office in Miami. Every time I read it, I instantly feel more motivated.
2. Break a Sweat
It can be tough to fit a morning workout in sometimes, but even spending 15-20 minutes to get moving is a start. I do simple yoga stretches and core exercises like planks to clear my mind each day.
3. Drink Water
Although I am a huge coffee fanatic, I always wake up and have a full bottle of water to drink. Adding fresh fruit or mint helps to add flavor and mix up my daily routine. Drinking water in the morning will also help boost your metabolism and curb your appetite.
4. Get Creative
All too often we become rushed in the morning. This is prime time to get your creative juices flowing and set your groove for the rest of the day. Journal for ten minutes, draw a picture or make a Pinterest worthy breakfast. Whatever you've got to do to set the tone for your day.
5. Make Breakfast
I am a hugee sucker for avacado toast lately... but if you put a bowl of fruit in front of me I promise I will eat it. Morning is the usually when I crave sweet things like pancakes with maple syrup and fresh berries.
6. Be productive
I generally spend Sundays pre-planning my week ahead. Making to-do lists and schedules keeps me feeling on track. It is also a great opportunity to get organized and respond to e-mails. The planner below can be found at Francesca's.
7. Get Caffeinated
There have been many studies on the effectiveness of drinking a cup of coffee in the morning. Coffee is scientifically proven to improve cognitive performance, prevent depression, and it's high in antioxidants to boot. Join Starbucks Member program to get free drinks and redeem other coupons.
8. Appreciate Someone
I set reminders in my phone to reach out to family and friends I haven't talked to in awhile several times a week. Life can get super busy, but sending a quick text or card means SO much to someone. I have a pack of thank you cards in my night stand to send out periodically as well. Target always has the cutest ones for only a few dollars.
9. Plan Ahead
I try to pick up my outfits the night before to ensure I have enough time to get ready in the morning. I absolutely hate rushing and can be pretty indecision on my clothes, so this helps A LOT.
10. Have Gratitude
"Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue what you want,"- Jim Rohn. It is so crucial that we all as individuals take a pause each day and reflect on our blessings. During Hurricane Irma in Florida I realized how many people (myself included!) can take simple things like fresh water or food for granted. I have started a gratitude journal to remind my self of how lucky I am each and everyday.
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Welcome to my blog, my name is Rachael. I'm a twenty-something year old from southern New Hampshire. I'm studying marketing at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Follow me as I adventure through my senior year.