So, you were up until 2am scrolling through social media until you finally fell asleep. You missed your alarm, you skipped breakfast, had the quickest shower of all time, slapped on some makeup and didn’t have time to prepare your lunch. Now you’re almost late for work and look (as well as feel) a little worse for wear.
If this sounds a lot like your morning routine, then something needs to be done. When our mornings are rushed and frantic, it makes us stressed, anxious and frustrated with ourselves – hardly the best way to start a new day. So, with this in mind, I’ve come up with a simple yet successful morning routine.
Read on for 6 steps to help get you out of the door in the morning.
Prep the night before
The key to a successful morning is in the preparation the night before. So, lay out your work clothes, take off your makeup and have your beauty products ready to go in the morning – check out The POREfessional Primer by Benefit Cosmeticsfor flawless skin prep – know where your keys are, your work bag, your laptop, coat, and also prep your lunch the night before! It will save you loads of time and stress in the morning!
Have a good breakfast
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and it’s true! When you have a good breakfast, you’ll get to enjoy a slow energy release which will keep you feeling full, with bundles of energy. When you don’t have hunger pangs to deal with, you may find that lunchtime rolls around much quicker! Avoid sugary cereals and breakfast bars. Opt for a bowl of oatmeal topped with fruit or honey, avocado on toast with its healthy fats and high fibre content or enjoy a protein smoothie with additional greens and antioxidants. Make yourself a good breakfast – sit down and enjoy it!
When everything is rushed and frantic, we often neglect the loved ones in our lives. So, to help set you up mentally for the day ahead, take some time to connect with your partner, housemate, children or pet as part of your morning. We all lead busy lives so its important to make the effort and reach out to those we love the most.
Fitting in a workout into your morning routine will certainly set you up for the day. Even if you don’t have time to hit the gym, you can still incorporate some movement into your morning – a brisk walk to the store to get some milk, a little yoga or pilates in the living room. Or a resistance band workout in your bedroom. Get your heart pumping and wake yourself up!
It’s natural to reach for a much-needed cup of coffee but before you do, drink something that will rehydrate you after a long night of sleep. A glass of water is your friend here!
Keep it simple
Don’t try to cram too much into your morning routine. Often, trial and error is the best way to determine what helps get you out of the door in the morning!