Life is hard, man. It can be a difficult task trying to balance work life and a social life, let alone trying to find time to just sit and relax. And of course we all want to fit in those 8 hours! But sometimes it seems like life just never slows down, and we are always in a rush. And there's nothing worse than being in a rush in the morning, but sometimes we are so set in our ways that we never even try to change. However, there are some really easy things you can be doing to make your dizzying days start a little smoother. So sit back, try to relax, and enjoy our 11 Small Ways to Make Your Morning a Little Better. You can thank us later.
1. Get up early
Even setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you normally would get up can make a huge difference. Experts recommend waking up at 5 every morning for maximum benefits, but any change helps! You'll be so thankful for the extra 15 minutes when you can actually sit down and enjoy your cup of coffee.
Do the things you really need to do first. It will feel great to get them out of the way and your mind won't constantly be plagued with worry throughout the day. Making a list the night before can help with this as well.
3. Prepare your outfit
The morning can be a busy time, that's for sure. By planning your outfit the night before instead of in the morning, you can save yourself some time and some stress. Lay your outfit out in your room and and you'll be pleased by how easy it is to get ready before you head off to work.
4. Eat a protein-filled breakfast
No matter how big of a rush you are in, you should never miss breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day, as they say. Eating a breakfast full of protein will give you the fuel you need to start your day and it will keep you full longer, so you won't have to worry about getting hungry and having to scavenge for a snack before lunchtime.
5. Wake up to natural light
Waking up to natural light will help your body to wake up more quickly and effectively, and waking up with the sun can be a beautiful way to start your day. So keep those curtains open and get ready to rise and shine!
6. Change your alarm sound to something soothing
There is nothing worse than the sound of your alarm on a weekday morning. However, you can make even this experience a little more enjoyable by simply changing your alarm to something soothing. Wake up to your favorite song and you're sure to have a lovely morning.
7. Make your lunch the night before
Another major time saver, making your lunch (and maybe even your breakfast) the night before a busy day can be the best choice you've made in a while. You'll have more time to make a bigger, better lunch if you aren't in a hurry. Your stomach will be very thankful.
8. Take 5 (with a book, coffee, etc.)
Allow yourself five minutes every morning when you can just sit and do something you enjoy. Sit down and read a book, drink your coffee out on the porch, or just sit in the sun and listen to some music. 5 minutes can go a long way. You can even squeeze in a quick yoga sesh!
9. Drink some water
Hydration is key, and your body is craving water as soon as you wake up in the morning. Drinking a full glass of water can be the perfect way to jumpstart your body and continue to have a healthy and happy day.
10. Don't immediately pick up your phone
Wait at least 15 minutes every morning to expose yourself to a screen. When your alarm goes off in the morning, take the time to stretch and collect your thoughts. Don't automatically grab your phone and bombard yourself with texts and emails.
11. Make it a routine
It takes at least 21 days to form a habit. Start making the small changes and they will really add up! As hard as it can be to wake up early and get things done, it will really have a lasting effect on your mind and body.
C'est la vie!