WARNING: Following these tips on how to have a good morning might turn you into a morning person.
For many years, I couldn’t claim to be productive in the morning. I was barely civil, and I’m pretty sure my old college roommate from 30+ years ago still bears the emotional scars from trying to talk to me before coffee.
But parenthood doesn’t allow one to be nasty until noon, so I spent years working on my AM Game. Now, I’m not only a morning person, but I also manage to get the bulk of my work done long before lunchtime. Here’s what I learned that taught me how to have a good morning.
How To Have A Good Morning
1. Plan ahead.
Make sure what you need to get out of the door is ready to go. Choose your outfit, including shoes and accessories. Set it somewhere besides your closet so that you can get dressed without second-guessing your choices. Make sure your keys, purse, and wallet are ready to go. Get a programmable coffee maker and put your travel mug next it. Pack and refrigerate your lunch. And don’t forget to charge your phone.
2. Ease into the day.
Waking to an alarm clock is a relatively new phenomenon in the grand scheme of humankind’s history. Our ancestors woke when their bladders told them to, or they relied on the sound of birds or livestock to wake them. It wasn’t until the 1850s that programmable alarm clocks became part of our daily lives.
Our early ancestors were onto something. After a period of sleeping in the dark, exposure to light stops our bodies’ production of melatonin and prompts a rise in our internal temperature to help us wake up. Compared to the shrill blare of an alarm clock, this is a gentle process.
It’s also one you can easily replicate with an alarm clock that simulates sunrise and sunset. It’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. In the morning, the light comes on very slowly until your room is as bright as day. It’s so effective that I’ve only heard the backup birdsong alarm twice. (There’s a radio option for those who prefer music.) And I can tell you from experience: it’s a far more pleasant way to wake up!
3. Do something that makes you feel pampered.
I’m not saying you should jump out of bed and get a pedicure, but you will find waking up more pleasant if you do something nice for yourself shortly after your feet hit the floor. For some that might be exercising, while others may feel pampered by taking a tub bath or reading a book while they sip tea.
Starting your day with something that makes you feel pampered ensures you get “me time” in your day. Front-loading an indulgent experience in the morning shores up your willpower. So, when Johnny drags his feet getting ready for school or your boss asks why you haven’t turned in the report that you’d emailed him four days ago, you can handle it with grace.
4. Fuel yourself.
One of the best ways how to have a good morning is by refueling your body. If you routinely skip breakfast because it takes so much time to make, try these make-ahead breakfast recipes.
Whether you’re a breakfast eater or not, drinking 16 oz. of water is essential. After all, you’ve gone without hydration for 7-9 hours straight. Dehydration will make you feel tired, weak, and grumpy. So drink up, buttercup, and let the water work its wakeup magic while your coffee brews.
5. Put the kids on auto-pilot.
If you’re struggling to find a morning routine that gets you out of the door on time, chances are it’s because you didn’t learn one in childhood. Don’t pass that on to your kids. Establishing a morning routine for the whole family will pass on essential life skills and take the stress out of starting your day. Need help? Check out these six ways to make mornings easier for your kids.
Knowing how to have a good morning can get your days off to a much better start. And who knows, maybe you’ll find that “fake it ’til you make it” applies and, like me, wind up turning into a morning person despite the odds.