If, like me you’re not a morning person (apologies, that sound you just heard was my husband snorting into his drink), the transition into something resembling an actual, like-able human being is likely to be long, painful (for all involved), and dependent on large amounts of caffeine.
I’ve learned over the years however, that there are a few simple ways to make the process of getting up in the morning more bearable, and dare I say it, even enjoyable? No, I know that sounds ridiculous, but just bear with me here.
Decision-making when you have the motor skills of a zombie is no easy task, so I like to get everything ready the night before. Lay out your clothes for the following day, wash up your dishes from dinner, pack your bag etc. Knowing all I have to worry about is literally doing the bare minimum required to keep myself alive, and that I’ll maybe even have time to enjoy myself while doing it, makes all the difference.
Start your day with a glass of water
This one doesn’t need much explaining really. We all know water is amazing for us, and that we should be drinking more of it, but starting your day with a nice big glass really is the best way to kick your system into gear and get things moving.
Make a morning playlist
Without a doubt, my mornings are so much better with music. Make yourself a playlist of feel-good, up-tempo tunes to jazz up your breakfast, and make shower-time more fun (hairbrush sing-along optional).
My current favourites are:
Hello by Cat Empire
You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon/Hot Club de Paris
Jump by Van Halen
Gone in the Morning by Newton Faulkner
Good Feelin’ by Flo Rida
Set your alarm at a reasonable time
Let’s be honest here, that 5:30am alarm you’ve set in the hopes that you’ll leap out of bed and check off half of your to-do list before everyone else has had their first cup of coffee is NOT going to wake you up. It will wake up your partner, who will obviously chuckle and fondly roll their eyes as you continue to drool onto your pillow (um…), but it will have no effect on you until much nearer the time you actually need to be awake. So do everyone a favour, be honest with yourself, and set your alarm for a reasonable hour.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
Food is about the only thing I love more than being snuggled up in bed, so naturally the thought of a delicious breakfast is often enough to coax me out of my nice warm cocoon (and yes, it did literally just take me three attempts to spell cocoon. Damn that’s a ridiculous word).
A nice healthy and super easy option is berries with low-fat Greek yoghurt. Sweetened with a little honey and a sprinkle of metabolism-boosting cinnamon, it’s a delicious way to start the day. Eggs and soldiers are great if you have a bit more time, and for truly horrendous mornings maybe treat yourself to some pastries and coffee. Because mornings are hard, and girl, you deserve it.
I’ve recently jumped on the smoothie band-wagon, though I try to use mainly vegetables to limit the sugar content. Nowhere near as delicious as fruit, and often disgustingly snot-like in colour and consistency, they have the upside of making you feel so virtuous you don’t feel guilty about that mid-morning chocolate bar. Almost.
Or you could just sod all the above, and drink a nice big vat of coffee. Job done.