I’m not a morning person.
I recognize the cliche in saying that. So many people are “not morning people.”
But I’m not just not a morning person, I’m actively BAD at mornings. I oversleep, I stay in the weird sleep fog forever, and time is always moving WAY faster than I think it is, so as a result, I’m usually at least a few minutes late every day.
It’s not because I don’t get enough sleep (I do), and it’s not because I dread my job or hate my life or any other existential reason (I don’t!). I’m just NOT good at them. Of course I would love to be in charge of my own schedule and sleep until I’m not tired anymore and then wake up and begin my day like a woman in one of those yogurt commercials where they’re already wearing their robes over perfect pajamas for some reason and it appears to be approximately 3 p.m. based on the sun outside the window.
But that option is not available to me at the moment, so I did a thing I hate. I even mention hating it in this post. It’s the worst (but also kind of the best? – I dunno, read on).
I started a routine.
I know this isn’t rocket surgery or otherwise revolutionary in any way, but I decided to start trying a few things here and there to make things a little easier, a little more painless, a little better in the mornings – and guess what – it’s working!
The key here is that I’ve kept most of the “routine-y” parts of my schedule in the evenings when I’m at my most productive, my clearest thinking, and my most energized.
Here are a few of the things I’ve started incorporating into my nights and mornings to make the transitions a little easier:
In the evenings/at night:
- Meal prep
- I know this isn’t easy and for a lot of people, sounds kind of awful. Please don’t let me deceive you into thinking I’m over here separating 5 perfectly-portioned, veggie-rich meals packed in a lunch box. I literally throw a can of soup into my work bag the night before on most nights. If I have leftovers, I make sure they’re in a spill-proof container so I can throw them in my bag in the morning. Lazy-girl meal prep, that’s my thing.
- Plan tomorrow’s outfit
- Again, this isn’t anything complicated, I just check the weather and set something reasonable out. That 5-10 minutes I save in the morning is so. worth it.
- I talk more about my skincare routine over here, but it takes less than 5 minutes and makes a HUGE difference the next morning.
- Diffuse essential oils
- I have to be careful with this one, because there are a lot of essential oils that can be harmful to cats. (This was news to me.) So to be safe, I pretty much just keep lavender on rotation from the time I get home until the diffuser automatically shuts down in the middle of the night.
- Use pillow spray
- Same idea. I picked one up at Marshalls Home Goods, but there are plenty you can DIY and have the same effect! Get those relaxing vibes going.
In the morning:
- Try not to hit snooze
- My husband is surely raising his eyebrows at this, because I still hit snooze like 80% of the time. (I did say try!) That extra 9 minutes isn’t going to do anything for you except make you 9 minutes later than you would have otherwise been. This is such a work in progress, but I’m doing my best.
- I got a Quip toothbrush
- First things first, this isn’t sponsored in any way and I can’t offer you a coupon code (I wish I could!) nor do I get a single penny if you click on that link and buy 100 Quip toothbrushes. I just like mine. It’s my first electric toothbrush, and it’s got me wondering why I didn’t start using one years ago. The vibrations are almost relaxing, and there’s something that feels very adult about knowing you’ve brushed your teeth a full two minutes in the morning.
- Drink a full glass of water
- Usually when I wake up, I have a teensy headache. I’ve always wondered why, and it turns out? It’s usually dehydration. Drinking a full glass of water (16 oz. is what I aim for) seems to be the solution. It makes me feel more awake, gets rid of that headache stat, and gives me one more glass of water toward my daily intake that I wasn’t otherwise getting. Wins all around!
- Dry brushing
- If you don’t know what dry brushing is, that’s totally understandable because I’m not sure many people do. I first heard about it a few months ago and finally started trying it. It’s made a HUGE difference in how I feel in the morning. I can’t explain it as well as this post can, but it’s basically using a dry brush on your skin to eliminate dead skin cells and stimulate the lymphatic system. Sounds a little woo woo? But totally makes a difference.
- Cleaning up as I go along
- I’ve always been a “throw your laundry on the floor” kind of girl, and while that hasn’t changed entirely, I’m trying to become more of a “throw your laundry in the hamper” kind of girl. It’s a tiny change that makes an enormous difference in how I feel when I walk through the door at night after a day’s work.
These steps are fairly easy to implement, and like I said they’re not anything super special, but they’ve made a large dent in my morning stress level, and I hope some of them can help you out too!
Do you have any tips and tricks that have turned you into a morning person? Please share. This girl needs all the help she can get.