Do you feel like you wake up already behind on the day? I know I have panicked more mornings than I want. I’m doing a few things differently this week with the hopes that I’ll end up a little less cranky in the evening.
These are all simple, take very little time, and will start your mornings a little more gently.
1. Visualize Your Day Before You Get Out of Bed
Set your alarm 15 minutes earlier than you usually do. As soon as you turn off your alarm or wake up naturally, visualize how you want your day to go. What will you accomplish? How does that feel? Imagine people congratulating you after you’ve successfully completed a hard task you’re nervous about.
When I was a musician, we always did this before auditions, and it makes a huge difference. Experiencing your successes this way makes it easier to have the confidence to work toward some of your harder goals.
Maybe you want to improve a yoga pose, or going on your first TV interview, or working on changing an attitude or habit. Visualization can help you with all of it.
If the whole family wakes up with you, get out of bed and find a quiet corner in the house instead. I know some mornings my dogs let me have some peaceful time in bed and on other mornings they are too bratty to let me have a quiet moment.
2. Get breakfast ready the night before
I think that breakfast makes life better. The easier it is to grab a breakfast, the more likely you’ll actually eat it. I’m one of those people who can’t eat as soon as I get up. Because of that, it’s even more important for me to have breakfast ready to go.
Make smoothie packs, by filling a baggie or container with just enough fruit and greens for 1 smoothie and then keep it in the freezer. Take it one step further and measure out some oats and any other dry goods you’ll use and put them in your blender so it’s ready to go. Then get up, toss the fruit in the blender with some nondairy milk and blend. It’s a breakfast you can drink on your way to work!
Don’t underestimate the ultimate in easy breakfasts – yogurt and fruit. I make my own soy yogurt, but you can buy coconut or almond yogurt if you don’t do soy. I cut up some strawberries in one container, grab a yogurt and mix them together in a bowl when I’m ready to eat. This is also great for a snack. I’m working on a “make your own soy yogurt” post, so stay tuned for that.
My favorite warm weather breakfast is overnight refrigerated oats. For the base all you need is a mason jar or another container with a cover, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 6 ounces vegan yogurt or an additional tablespoon chia seeds, and about 1/2 cup nondairy milk. From there you can add cocoa powder, fruit, extracts like vanilla or lemon, and the sweetener of your choice. This is a just a basic recipe, but you can change it to suit your taste. Be sure to try some of the fancy ones you see here on the blog or on Pinterest, like my Blackberry Mojito Oats.
3. Indulge Yourself a Little
What is the one thing that would make your morning feel luxurious? I used to take a bath in scented oils before a stressful day at my job. It left me feeling very relaxed and gave me a little more tolerance for the craziness I’d be facing the moment I walked in the door.
Another treat that I love is to brew a cup of tea and sit on the deck while I drink it. It slows my mind down and gives me more patience for the over-booked day ahead. You might want to take a short walk, read a chapter in the book you’re into, or take an extra long shower.
If you can’t carve out the extra time, do something the night before that will help you out. Think of a few things that you would be thrilled about if someone else did for you. Maybe that would be have an iced vanilla latte ready to grab out of the fridge, scoop the litter boxes in the evening so you wouldn’t have to do it right before work, or clean out your car. It can be anything that would seem like a present to yourself.
What are your favorite ways to start the day?