I was never a morning person. I used to hit the snooze button until the very last second and rush around my house like a crazy lady. By the time I got my kids to school, I was exhausted all over again and completely overwhelmed. I knew there had to be a better way to do all of this without feeling miserable every morning. After a lot of trial and error, I figured out 5 easy ways to go from miserable to morning person!
- Prepare the night before
It’s hard to be a morning person if you wake up knowing that you have a lot to do in a very short amount of time. So why not plan ahead? Small things like picking out your clothes, laying out clothes for your kids, making sure back packs are packed up and ready to go, and even meal prepping breakfast for your family will save you tons of time in the morning. When you wake up knowing you’re prepared for the busy morning, it’s easier to wake up smiling.
- Wake up earlier
Don’t hit the snooze button! Waking up earlier doesn’t sound like a great way to be a morning person, but trust me it makes a huge difference. I went from waking up at 6:10am (the same time I have to wake up my kids) to waking up at 4:15am (that may sound a bit extreme but you’ll understand why when we get to number 3). I feel much more energized throughout the day, I’m awake and ready to go by the time my kids get up, and I’ve noticed that I’m less forgetful (no more forgetting to pack my sons snacks).
- Go to the gym
This is the reason why I wake up at 4:15am. I go to the gym 4-5 days a week before my family wakes up. It’s the best time to workout because the gym is pretty empty and there’s no traffic! Another reason I prefer to workout in the morning is that I can get my workout out of the way early. Having to make time in the middle of the day to go home and get ready all over again is annoying, so I try my best to avoid it. It will be rough if you’re not used to waking up that early in the morning (or if you’re not used to working out at all) but you’ll feel amazing after your workout!
- Eat something good
After a nice long workout, you need to eat something. Don’t start chowing down on donuts or skipping breakfast completely! Eat something nutritious and full of protein! One of my favorites is greek yogurt topped with fresh fruits (I love bananas and berries but you can top it with your favorites) and a little granola (Bear Naked Fruit and Nut is the BEST). You can also prep this the night before by putting your yogurt in a mason jar or small container, throwing in your fruit, and popping it in the fridge. You can top your yogurt with the granola right before you eat so it stays crunchy. You’ll feel amazing after munching on your healthy breakfast!
- Have a plan for the day
This is the most important step! Planning your day ahead of time will keep you on schedule without completely overwhelming you. The best way to do this is to use a planner or apps like Planner Pro to keep your day organized. Before I started using a planner, I relied on my memory and small notes I would leave myself (and eventually lose). Knowing what to expect and being able to mentally plan and prepare ahead of time helps relieve any stress and anxiety. A lot of the stress I used to have in the morning would come from not knowing what I should do first and issues with time management. Save yourself the headache and get yourself a planner.
I’m not going to lie; all of this goes completely out the window on Sundays. Give yourself a break when you have free days. I always allow myself one day to sleep in a little and recharge for the busy week ahead. Is there anything you do to help make your mornings easier? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!