Saturday, 8 July 2017

5 Things to Get You Up in the Morning

For any of you who don't know me, I am not a morning person. But I desperately want to be. I long to be able to get up early to watch the sun rise, to have accomplished five things on my to-do list before 9am, or even to just have the time to sit and read as I drink my morning tea.
More often than not though, this is not me. I'm the girl who sets three alarms, then gets up 15 minutes after the third alarm has gone off, and is moody to those around me as I head to the kettle to grab that much needed caffeine. I know that I am better than some at getting up, particularly around my fellow students. I always make time for breakfast, and when at home from University I take my sister to school, necessitating getting up at 7am, something unheard of to the majority of students. But its never done with pleasure, and if I don't have to get up early, I won't.
I desperately want to enjoy getting up in the mornings, and to make it a natural habit before I go out on my own as a fully fledged adult. So I thought I would share with you five things that I am trying out in order to help me become a morning person.
  1. Have a Delicious Breakfast- As a teenager, I was really bad at breakfasts. I would often skip it, or it the tiniest of drop scones before heading out to school. Then as I got into sixth form, my mother started to try lots of different things to get me to eat what is arguably the most important meal of the day. The majority of these solutions involved chocolate. Chocolate curls in cereal, chocolate pop tarts, and my personal favourite, pain au chocolats. And the thing is, this worked for a while, and I began to need breakfast in a morning. Over the last two and a half years I have been on a staple diet of New York Bagels spread with butter, a glass or orange juice, and a cup of tea. And it has got to stop! Two and a half years of the same breakfast day in, day out, is not inspiring. Its not motivating. It is mundane, and boring. My mission from now on is to make interesting breakfasts that I want to eat in the morning, whether that be a omelette and spinach, melon or a delicious breakfast muffin. I also want to experiment with different types of tea, so that I look forward to the new experience every morning.
  2. Morning Yoga- Getting up in the morning for morning yoga is not only a great way to keep fit, but will also set you up for the rest of the day. Making the time in the morning will not only make you feel better about yourself, but will relax you so you are ready to tackle anything that is thrown at you. If you're looking for some great Yoga routines I highly recommend you try DoYouYoga or Cat Meffan's YouTube channels for varying difficulties and lenghts of routines.
  3. Your Favourite Coffee Mug- Sometimes its the simple things in life. Drinking coffee or tea out of your favourite mug can warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. Most of my mugs feature penguins on them, and I recently brought an appropriately festive shaped one to see me through the winter months. If you're ever feeling in need of simple way to brighten your mornings, why not buy yourself a lovely new mug that will have you leaping up in the morning to use it?
  4. Commuter Podcasts- The morning commute can sometimes be Dante's definition of hell. Those long hours sandwiched together, in the rain, the cold, the wind, the multiple stops and changes to the 'oh shit I just stepped in a puddle' moments. A bad commute can set you up for a day of misery. What sane person could look forward to getting up in the morning if they had all that anguish to come? If this is sounding a lot like your daily commute, then why not switch things up with a new podcast. Educational, funny or simply awe-inspiring, podcasts can be a great way to distract you from the outside world. You can learn a new language, get another few pages of that book you are enjoying listened to or laugh out loud as you are mentally transported to another area of the globe. Sure, people on the carriage might move away from you as a result, but that just means more space for you, right?
  5. Grateful Journal- Writing down what you are grateful for each and every morning can be a great and humbling way to start of your day. It can help you to take time out for yourself, whilst also really ocusing your mind for the long day ahead.

So that's it, these are the five little tricks that I'm trying to help me become a morning person, I'll keep you posted about how they go. I would also love to know if you have any tips for feeling inspired to get up in the morning, or if you've tried out any of our recommendations, please let us know in the comments below!

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