The Everyday Spruce \\ Ideas For Better Mornings…

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ideas for mornings Yup, That’s about how fuzzy I feel first thing!

I am so not a morning person! I’m OK after about 10, but before that, I’m seriously hazy and on most weekdays, I’m stressed from the second I wake (due to leaving minimal time before being out the door on the school run – I am the unmade mother on that one!) I often throw on whatever’s closest (then change later!), have a cup of tea, dash to make up the snackbox, check that Boo is reasonably presentable, and hustle to get us out the door, all in under 30 minutes! And, that’s without any interruptions or last minute drama’s from a certain young lady (you know, those things only a child could decide is utterly wrong as you’re screaming to get in the car?! – “my coat’s too stiff” has to be my favourite so far!)

However, since I’m doing better with my bedtime routine, I have noticed, that I’m feeling better in the morning, not great, but better. (When I say “better”, I mean I’m actually getting earliER nights, if still not technically early, & I’m enjoying creating more of a ritual before bed – it’s a process, but it’s getting there!)

Well, that’s surely obvious I hear you cry! True, but my point here is this…I don’t think I’ve ever been a natural morning person – I am a night owl at heart, but it’s doing me no good. I am also, historically, not great with routine, but I’m learning that I need a little structure. So, in finding ways to make changes to long set habits & reach my goals, I need to adjust my mindset & plan small, doable changes to those habits.

As the nights slowly get sorted, I can think more clearly about how I can improve my mornings. These are my 6 ideas for better mornings…

1\\ Wake up an hour earlier. This might seem like a big chunk of a change for starters, but for me, that’s the goal. It will allow me the time I need to get going, as well as the time to deal with any last minute issues before school. You might choose just 15 minutes…

2\\ Use the time I would’ve been hitting snooze to meditate, visualise my day & make positive affirmations…just 5 minutes before stepping fully into the day to think about the layout ahead: what I have to do, and what I want to. Affirmations can seem silly to some, but if you want to try it & don’t know where to start, this page has some good words…

3\\ Get up & stretch…I’ve started running again at last (more on that soon!) and it’s wonderful to feel my body moving & working. A morning stretch is a good way to shake off the night’s sleep & feel more awake. Click here if you need some ideas on stretches you could do…

4\\ GET DRESSED! This is more one for weekends & the two days I don’t do the school run…I reckon the postie thinks I live in my PJ’s! But what I do intend to do, is to put out my outfit for the next day as part of my bedtime ritual. It will save me time, mean’s it’s one less thing to think about, and means I’ll be ready for anything.

5\\ Put on music…Music makes me feel good. My Dad would always put the radio on in the morning and I remember how this somehow set the tone for the start of the day, and switching it off before going to school. Boo tends to watch TV with her breakfast, which I dislike intensely, so this would be a good alternative for us both.

6\\ Drink Lemon Water…Urgh! Honestly, I can’t think of anything worse, but, having read about the potential benefits (balancing PH, boosting the immune system, mood enhancing, and healing), plus a visit to the dentist saying that I need to reduce my tea drinking habit…I’m prepared to give it a go.

6 ideas for better mornings So, that’s my plan for #TheEverydaySpruce. What do you think? Would you try any those ideas, or do you already do some of them? Do you have any great morning tips to share? I’d love to hear them…here’s to becoming a morning person!!

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Comments (18)

  1. Katy at Apartment Apothecary

    I am such a morning person but I have to start it right to make the morning as productive as possible. I think the key for me, as you say, is not to feel rushed in the morning. I far prefer to wake much earlier than I need to and take my time rather than squeezing in an extra half an hour of sleep but then feeling completely stressed out by rushing around like mad. LOVE The Everyday Spruce! Xx

  2. Abi | These Four Walls

    Such good ideas – good luck! I would love to be a morning person, but I’ve never managed it (except when jet-lagged!). I often make the mistake of spending an hour right before bed catching up on social media and blog emails, as it’s often the only time I get between work and other things. I’m sure it disrupts my sleep and I like your idea of waking earlier and using that time for something useful, so this has inspired me to shift that social media catch-up to the morning. x

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      That sounds like a plan, Abi. It’s certainly written that tech before bed isn’t conducive to sleep, and can set the mind going, so the morning would be a good time for it x

  3. Cat | The Triple Triangle

    I’m so like you… more of a night owl. My husband and child are the complete opposite! I have come to realise that having black out curtains in our bedroom is not conducive to waking well so my hubs now opens the curtains as soon as he wakes and goes to get his shower. That means I wake up more naturally and way more refreshed. I’m slowly but surely becoming a morning person. I’m finding I’m able to get my washing out, empty the dishwasher from the night before and refill it with the breakfast dishes. I was also not very good at routine and order but that has since changed. My brain is able to function much better when the house is kinda tidy and I’m making sure everyone knows to put stuff back where it came from.

    I was a crazy tea drinker. I even craved it straight after doing the ‘parent cuddles’, if you catch my drift. (Too much info? Sorry) It was the first thing I needed before anything in a morning. I was a builders brew, 2 sugars and lashings of milk kinda girl. For the last couple of years I’ve drunk decaf, the last 7 months no sugar and use almond or coconut milk. I’ve just clicked that caffeine is addictive as is sugar and milk contains sugars. Now I’ve kicked the habit completely. This last two weeks I reach for water! Feckin water!!!! Who is this girl pretending to be me? I also make hot water and lemon but I add lemongrass and chopped ginger to a cafetiere and drink it all day when I’m at home.

    I think you are doing great and all these changes will make a massive difference. If we want something badly enough then we can do it. x

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      Thanks for sharing Cat x It’s really encouraging & inspiring to know that you’ve been there & been able to make positive changes that have made a difference. I’m just trying to remember it will take time, and to not be too hard on myself x

  4. Heather

    Like Katy, I’m also a total morning person. I can’t bear hitting the snooze button, I’d rather properly sleep until it’s time to get up – it can be a source of dispute with my OH who would hit snooze forever if he could! When I first went freelance and worked from home I vowed to always shower and get dressed every day and I’ve pretty much stuck to that. I may throw on comfy clothes, but I like a shower to start the day. However, I do put my pjs on as soon as the kids go to bed (or often even earlier)!

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      I tend to just want to get stuck in if I haven’t done the school run. I like the idea of early PJ-ing though – gets you ready for night & sleep :o) x

  5. Catherine

    I love drinking lemon water! I do it every morning and refresh the same cup throughout the day so I drink a bit less tea. Try it with ginger and honey, perhaps, and then you can reduce the amount of honey gradually.

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      Thanks Catherine, unfortunately, I’m not too keen on ginger & honey either! I’m currently going with the ‘deep breath & neck it’ approach! Hoping I’ll get used to it after a while x

  6. Polly

    This sounds like a lovely idea. I’m ok in the mornings, though I notice a massive difference between Winter and Summer. I just can’t get out of bed in the Winter! I like getting up early enough so that I can take my time before work and have a bit of ‘me’ time. I find that really helps and I really treasure the time to make a nice breakfast, read some blogs, and listen to some music while I’m getting ready for work.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of this lovely project!

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Polly, I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it. Very happy to have found your beautiful blog too! Your prints are wonderful – Love the cactus x

  7. Rachel Gadiel

    Love the sound of your new routine! I’m like you + not naturally a morning person either, but I have been making a conscious effort to get up an hour earlier each morning. I love starting the day with affirmations, meditation (if I have time) + always make sure I have a healthy breakfast + water + lemon! I have slowly started embracing the early mornings + it really makes a difference starting the day on such a positive note xx

  8. Melanie

    Great post. Have done the lemon water thing before and it does make you feel ‘healthy’ from what I can remember. Like the idea of picking your clothes the night before, that way I would actually get to THINK about it. Must just say too… hahaha “my coats too stiff” Love It!

  9. Karolina

    I think that sleeping patterns change over time. In my teens I was an early bird being productive from 5am no probs but after the kids I have noticed that I rather stay late meaning after midnight to finish work rather than getting up early the following morning. I really would love to be able to get up one hour earlier but really can’t get myself get going. Maybe I try that lemon water !

    1. sarah-lou - Post author

      Same, Karolina, and it means feeling behind a little while making changes as I feel abit like my days are shorter, but I’m finding already tat I feel more productive in the day so, so far, it’s worth the short term pain x

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