The Modified Morning Routine

One of the first blog posts we put up was the morning routine.  You can find it here:  Having drinks with a friend the other day, the first thing she said to me was ‘today was crappy’.  I asked why, and she said it started out bad because she wasn’t able to do her morning routine.  She got up late.

It happens.  You hit the alarm clock, roll over, and bam! it’s 45 minutes later!  Now you have 15 minutes to get ready and you can’t make breakfast.  You’re rushed and your day starts with this frenziness that sets you on edge.  Most of the time, things go downhill from there.

The beginning of your day is important in ways we can’t express.  Ever hear the expression ‘waking up on the wrong side of the bed’?  It’s all down to the first things that happen after you open your eyes.

So if you’re strapped for time, here are a few ways to get some good time morning routines in so your day doesn’t stay as frenzied as your morning.

1.) Do just one thing that give you pleasure:  My mornings are usually chocked full of things that make me happy, but if I’m crunched for time, I pick one.  It can be taking one minute to stretch in my room, or treat myself to a latte at Starbucks.  Take a few minutes to breath really deeply and relax your muscles before your shoot out of bed.  It doesn’t have to be long or super involved.  Just focus on it for a short time and tell yourself that you’re rushed, but that you still feel good.

2.) Don’t skip breakfast!: Sitting down for a good breakfast has become habit, but sometimes there just isn’t time.  Always have a few go-to quick options.  I keep my bread in the freezer, so I can easily pop in some toast and spread almond butter over it and still get something in my stomach.  If you go to coffee, have a pre-selected breakfast you can buy at your normal spot.  Don’t make the decision there.  You’ll be grumpy and want the cheesiest thing!  At Starbucks, their bento boxes are really good.  The protein one has egg, fruit, and nut butter.  Everything you need!  Whatever you have to do to get some calories in you without eating the unhealthiest thing you find.

3.) Pre-Prep:  This one doesn’t help you in the moment, but if you get into the habit, those hectic mornings become way less stressful.  The tip is to pre-prep everything!  I pick out my outfit before I go to bed every night because I HATE making decisions in the morning.  I also pack my lunch and put it in the fridge, and usually make sure my purse is cleaned out and ready to go.  If I do wake up last minute, all I have to worry about is washing up and putting my makeup on.

4.) Put together a ‘sloppy’ outfit:  Have you ever woken up and wish you could stay in your pajamas all day?  It can be because of drinking the night before, a bad sleep, sodium bloat, or really just overall fatigue.  If you pre-select a suitable outfit for work that is comfy but stylish, you always have the option of throwing it on if you just can’t face heals and fitted clothes.  This step can take effort!  Depending on your job, lululemons and a hoodie might not be acceptable.  But skinny jeans and a big cozy cashmere sweater are just posh enough to look and feel good.

5.) Take a moment to calm down as soon as you get to where you’re going:  Most people will rush off to work or drop their kids off at school.  As soon as your first huge task is accomplished, take a moment just to settle.  You got to work on time, sit at your desk and breath deeply.  Get set up.  Write you to-do list and get your water bottle filled.  Maybe make your coffee in your favourite mug.  Just take a moment to chill before the rest of the day comes barrelling down at you.  If you’re late arriving at your destination, this is twice as important.  Taking a moment to get things together is going to make your day more productive, so it’s worth it.

6.) Chug it!:  Even if you’re in a hurry, you must drink water!  Rush to the kitchen and fill up a huge glass.  If you have to go to the bathroom, take it with you.  Chug a big glass of water even if you don’t have time to put lemon in it.  It takes no time and it will get your body going in a good and healthy way.  If you know you’re going to be rushed for breakfast, add Chia seeds to your water for some quick and healthy protein and fibre.  Anything you can do for your health in a rush is totally worth it!!

7.) Give yourself a break!  Everyone is late sometimes.  If you’re almost always on time, then send a quick text to your coworker or boss saying you’re running late, and no one is going to care!  If you’re always late, they’ll have an opinion.  But if it’s out of character for you, then it’s not a big deal.  Just be honest and calm down.  Modify what you need and get there when you can.  Don’t rush when you’re traveling.  Try and relax.  You’ll get there as soon as you possibly can, and that’s the best you can do.

Having a good morning routine is the best way to set your day up for happiness and success.  But we can’t always get up at 5AM and do everything perfectly.  When my alarm goes off at 5AM sometimes I just can’t, and so I stay in bed until 6AM.  Don’t be hard on yourself.  Your body is always talking to you and you have to listen to it.  Training your body to get up at a certain time every morning will make it harder and harder for you to sleep in.

What do you do when you sleep past your alarm to stay sane?

*Photo by Jayne


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