Shower the night before.
A nice, hot shower isn’t just good for getting your body clean. The whole process is a figurative cleansing experience just as much as it is literal. And who wants to rush through that? If you’re more of a bath person, take a quick shower first so you’re not sitting in a pool of your own dirt (gross…) then take a bath afterward to decompress and relax.
Be sure to get six to eight hours of sleep.
In the biblical story of creation, one thing that really caught my attention is how it says, “And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day” (Genesis 1:5, NLT). Once God separated the light and darkness, it was evening that came first. In other words, creation began with a period of rest. Likewise, the secret to having a great morning is getting enough rest the night before.
Be careful of eating before bed.
While some may suggest not to eat three to four hours before hitting the hay, the truth of the matter is that calories can’t tell time. It’s really okay to have a snack even 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime. The key is not to go over your daily calorie limit (typically 1,200 calories) and eating before bed can put you at risk of overeating. Eating late can also cause you to skip breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day.
Prepare what you’re gonna wear in advance.
We all do it: stare at our clothes in the closet for minutes on end, then repeatedly open and shut drawers, rummaging our threads for the day’s ideal outfit. Save time by doing your ransacking in advance. You’ll get rid of the pressure of having to quickly decide on what to wear and you’ll feel more confident when you get dressed in the AM.
Go for braids, a cute pony, or bun.
Simple hairstyles are the way to go. Think 10 minutes or less to win.
Work out earlier in the day.
Ever notice how you’re practically starving after getting a good sweat in? By exercising earlier in the day, you lower your risk of overeating, your metabolism, mood, and focus increases, and you’re less likely to skip a workout. Working out as early possible basically sets the tone for the rest of your day.
Set your alarm to something you’ll actually want to get up to.
No one wants to wake up to that annoying blare of the traditional, annoying alarm. In fact, it puts me in a horrible mood. Wake up to good, fun music that puts a smile on your face and makes you look forward to the day ahead.
Put an end to the rush and stress before it starts by kicking off your morning with a few deep breaths. I absolutely love Calm’s website and app available on (iPhone and Android) for guided meditations.
Choose a smoothie for breakfast.
Quick, healthy, and delicious? Don’t mind if I do. Try blending (not juicing; we want to keep all nutrients) two cups of water or almond milk with two cups of berries (yes, bananas are technically berries), and two cups of a green, leafy vegetable like spinach or kale. Here are a few of my fave recipes.
Take it one step at a time.
Think about your dream morning routine. Guess what? You’re probably not going to wake up one day and just make it happen. Consider the top three or four things you want to do and add them in one item at a time, one week at a time. With this method, you’ll go from night owl to early bird in just 30 days. Download the worksheets on how to take control of your mornings here.