Though I've been making huge strides towards living a healthier and more mindful life (hello meal prep and pilates), early mornings are a never-ending struggle in my book.
Or wait, actually mornings in general.
Ask my mom, Richard or roommates, and they'll tell you I'm the queen of sleeping in and slugging around until noon.
Like every. freaking. day.
I absolutely hate this nasty 'lil habit of mine, because it means that I don't actually start getting sh*t done until the second half of the day. Can you say stressful? I spend the first half sleeping and/or walking around in a half-comatose state, moving at sloth-like speed, just to have a million responsibilities to tend to all before the evening rolls around! And not only is this kind of behavior not cute (you try walking around your house in a fuzzy bathrobe, messy bun and glasses for half the day and see how it feels), but it's not healthy. In fact, this article from Women's Health says that early risers are less likely to skip workouts and more likely to eat healthy. You go morning ladies.
And what's more? According to Forbes, research also shows that early birds are more likely to achieve better grades, be more productive and exhibit more positivity:
"Various studies have shown that morning people exhibit character traits like optimism, being agreeable, satisfaction and conscientiousness. Night owls, while linked with creativity and intelligence, are more likely to exhibit traits like depression, pessimism and being neurotic."
So, perhaps the saying that the early bird gets the worm isn't just a saying after all?
I'll do a post on how to be a morning person once I've got that down to a science (I'm working on it!) but, regardless of what time you like to start the day, I think we can all agree that there's always room to be a bit more positive. I've found that this truly is the key to having a successful day, no matter what time your alarm clock goes off, and especially if you have to be up early. Here are a few of my top tips for a creating a more positive morning routine that's the perfect setup for a killer, #girlboss day:
P.S. Don't miss the pump-up playlist and ultimate morning checklist below!
1. Get dressed
Oh man, there's nothing quite like walking around in a fuzzy bathrobe for half of the day. I know WAY too much about that life though, and can totally vouch that not much is going to get done until you change into something you wouldn't be ashamed to wear out in public. Even if you don't plan on leaving the house, it's so important to get dressed for the day when you wake up. I've read that this can be super helpful to motivate people who work at home, and the same is true, even if you're not in that boat and are just waiting until class rolls around. Get up, get dressed and get sh*t done. You'll feel more polished and ready for the day, which will lead to increased positivity and productivity.
2. Water, water and more water
The first thing that I do when I wake up every morning is drink a glass of water (typically infused w/ some kind of fruit and herb). If you guys read this post, you know how obsessed I am with getting in those 64 oz. daily (and some of my favorite infused recipes). So I know you're thinking, WTF does drinking a glass of water have to do with being more positive? Well, first and foremost, this little habit establishes a routine. A healthy routine. And I don't know about you, but feeling like I'm making healthy choices puts me in a pretty damn good mood! Try to incorporate some habits like drinking water and stretching every morning. These easy tricks will help you to feel accomplished and ready to go, all within the first 15 minutes of being up.
3. Eat breakfast
If there's one thing you absolutely need when it comes to positivity, it's energy. Think about it. How positive and upbeat can you really be when all you want to do is hop back in bed? According to this article from Livestrong, "Starting your day with a healthy breakfast makes it easier to concentrate at work or school throughout the morning and may make you more productive than breakfast skippers. When your mind is clear, you're better able to deal with problems and focus on your activities. If you eat in the morning, you're also more likely to take in enough vitamins and minerals throughout the day. Even if you start strong without breakfast, by mid-morning the lack of energy can affect your intellectual and physical performance." Trust me. Eating in the morning is the real deal. All you have to do is make it part of your routine, and you'll become more and more comfortable with this early meal each day.
4. Get Out
This one's tough, especially when it's cold. BUT, a great way to jump start your morning (and mood!) is to get outdoors. Maybe it's just a quick walk with the dog or trip to the store, but getting out of the house and seeing the light of day can seriously amp up your positivity. If you have time in the morning, also consider trying a workout class. Group exercise can be a great way to get out of the house and get motivated early in the day. Plus, exercising increases your dopamine production (the chemical in your brain that makes you happy), so this may be one of the best methods to boost your positivity!
5. Get Organized
Mornings can be lethargic, and it's not always easy to get motivated and enthusiastic about the day ahead of you (especially if you know it's going to be a long one). I like to start off the day by getting organized. Even by just creating a simple a to-do list, I instantly feel more prepared for the day ahead of me.
6. Practice Positive Affirmations
Another way to start the day off on the right foot is by practicing positive affirmations. Whether you simply come up with a few positive phrases in your head to repeat every morning (ex. I am more than prepared to meet today with confidence and ambition) or write them down, this is a great practice to get into the habit of doing. You might even want to list a few of your favorites on sticky notes and paste them on your walls or mirrors to see when you're getting ready in the morning. It may sound silly, but it works!
7. Get Pumped
A killer playlist is a must when it comes to getting pumped up for the day! It's no fun getting ready in silence, so check out this playlist for when you're looking to start the day off feeling extra ambitious:
What gets you guys feeling good in the morning? Any 8 a.m. secrets I need to know about? Sound off in the comments below!
And don't forget to download the FREE checklist for more positive and productive mornings below.