By Sandria3 –Blackdoctor.org
We’ve all had that feeling of having woke up on the wrong side of the bed, which can set the tone for your entire day if you let. Here are 11 simple steps that will help you to better prep for your mornings, and eliminate a stressful start to your day:
1. Prepare your outfit.
It may seem like an annoying and tedious task, but think about how much more annoying and even stressful it is to take care of this simple task under the time constraints of the morning. Having picked out your outfit and prepped it (i.e., iron) the night before will have you waking up feeling organized and ready to take on your day!
2. Pre-set the coffeemaker.
Are you the type that can’t have a full conversation until you’ve gotten your morning cup of joe? Prepare your coffeemaker’s settings so that you can wake up to the smell of your favorite brew, and have it ready as soon as you are!
3. Prep your lunch.
If you like to save money and time, make your lunch the night before. It may seem juvenile, but running out the door and only having to grab your already made lunch in your grown up (or Hello Kitty) lunch box makes your day just a little be easier, and likely healthier!
4. Prep for the next day’s dinner.
Meal planning can be an honest pain in one’s side, especially when there are so many other things to think about throughout your day. Take out any pre-prepped/frozen foods that you can make a meal with for the following day.
5. Wake up earlier.
Try setting your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than normal and keep your phone at a distance so you won’t be tempted to hit snooze! Use this time to tidy up your room and make up your bed. There is nothing like leaving your house and returning to it with it looking clean and organized.
6. Do cardio.
Another great way to spend some of those extra 15 minutes is by doing a 10 minute cardio session. It is scientifically proven to boost your metabolism, as well as give you a burst of energy.
7. Find sunshine.
Sunshine is a natural pick me up. It gets your serotonin levels up, putting you in a happier mood. Turn on all the lights and if you want to enjoy your coffee (weather permitting), do it outside.
8. Drink a glass of water.
When you first wake up drink a glass of cool water and add a splash of lemon for digestive and weight loss benefits. If you are really good, substitute your coffee for a big cup of lemon water!
9. Set a goal.
It’s always good to reflect on what you want to happen for the day. Spend a few minutes (maybe while brushing your teeth or using the bathroom) thinking about at least one realistic goal for you to accomplish. Once you’ve decided what it is write it down somewhere you will check regularly throughout the day. This will make you feel motivated throughout the day and even more accomplished once you’ve completed it.
10. Eat breakfast.
It’s cliche but true, it’s the most important meal of the morning. If you don’t eat anything early in your day, you’re running on E. By the time lunch time comes around you are more likely to overeat to compensate for your lack of energy. This will make you feel tired and sluggish the remainder of the day.
11. Leave on time.
Stick to a time schedule. I personally allow a set amount of time for every task I have to complete in the morning and even have a timer in place on my phone for it. It truly ensures that I can get out the door on time! Leaving on time makes you less rushed during your commute and may even add some minutes to your morning to relax before work.