We all have a million things to do in a day and it can often feel like we hit the ground running the second our alarm wakes us up every morning.
Whether it’s running an errand, getting to work, doing something with your kids, or just checking off the first thing on your to-do list, it’s never fun to start the day stressed and panicked.
In fact, instead of hitting snooze a million and one times (though we’ve all been there), take a little bit of time each morning to do a couple of easy things that will get your day started off on the right foot.
Drink Water and Stretch
This may sound obvious, but it’s so important to get hydrated first thing in the morning as it’ll get your body going, release toxins, and help your metabolism.
Keep a glass or bottle of water next to your bed and make it the first thing you drink in the morning.
And, while you drink your water, also make sure to stretch your body. This will wake up your muscles and signal to your body that it’s time to wake up and get moving!
Lay Out Your Clothes the Night Before
Often times the number one reason why we’re late in the morning is because we can’t find anything to wear.
It can be stressful to have to figure out an outfit when you’re already running late, so eliminate that stress completely and pick it out the night before!
Take 10 minutes before you go to bed to decide what your outfit is going to be (down to the shoes and jewelry), and leave it out somewhere you’ll see in the morning.
In fact, take time the night before to prepare anything you may need for the morning, including papers in folders, lunches, etc. It always feels good to be prepared!
Don’t Touch the Phone
We’re all addicted to our phones and it’s definitely the first thing we reach for when we wake up, but this can cause us to go into a stress spiral when we start reading all our emails, texts and go on social media.
Instead, get up and drink your water, stretch, and put on some music instead. This will allow you to ease into your day in a calm way, rather than start off stressed about what’s to come.
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to have a huge breakfast, but definitely try to eat something in the morning.
Whether it’s an apple, a smoothie, a bowl of oatmeal, or two fried eggs, getting something in your body early will keep you from getting hangry later and will give you the energy to start your day!