If you're anything like me, mornings often start with waking up feeling really groggy, guzzling caffeine, and spooning cereal into my mouth while I try to run a flatiron through my hair. Everything is a rush, putting me in a bad mood before I'm even out the door. However, these three easy steps help me slow down, take a step back, and mentally prepare for the day so I can be calm and productive. I hope these tips help you get your day on track!
1. Wake up 20 min earlier.
I know this seems impossible, if not counter intuitive, for those of us who hit snooze a few times before we can even think of throwing off the covers. But trust me, those extra 20 min are wonderful when it comes to boosting productivity. I make an effort to go to bed earlier when I know I have to get up! With the extra time, I like to make myself coffee, sit on the couch, and read or watch a little Netflix on my laptop. It’s a way I can relax before my busy day begins. For moms, it’s a great way to get in a little more “me time” before the rest of the family wakes up, putting you in a relaxed state of mind when everyone else’s day begins.
2. Drink 16 ounces of water as soon as you’re out of bed.
Do this even before drinking coffee or making breakfast. Not only are you starting off your day hydrated, but water gently wakes up your body, beginning with your digestive system. Because coffee is a diuretic, it dehydrates and can cause more fatigue, so starting off with a big glass of water will energize you.
3. Get dressed head-to-toe either before or right after breakfast.
So you’ve had water, maybe coffee, and hopefully breakfast. Either before or directly after you eat, getting fully dressed, including hair and makeup if you wear it, is key. No lounging around in PJs, even if you have nowhere to go. Getting dressed right away will make you feel ready to take on the day because it puts you in a mindset of getting busy and getting stuff done.