Because it’s getting cold out there, and you want your warm bed.
Photo credit: Donia Sarelli
It’s that time of year where the weather is getting colder and everyone values a few extra minutes in bed; but those extra minutes are the time you could use to take your time and avoid having to run to the train and rush to work or school. AKA, something I was find myself guilty of.
It’s also the time of year where deadlines are creeping up on you, and you need to use your time wisely in order to maintain a healthy balance of mental stability. There’s a few key things to help get you there:
Having a routine.Getting yourself into a proactive routine once you wake up helps to set the tone for your day. It’s important to take your time, and get three main things accomplished: breakfast, hygiene, picking an empowering outfit, and taking your coffee or tea to go.
I like to start my morning with a glass of water. While you sleep, obviously you aren’t drinking any water so by the time you wake up, you’re super dehydrated. Even if your body isn’t showing signs of dehydration, it most likely is. Drink a glass of water to combat this, boost your metabolism, and help your body to flush out toxins. From here, it’s time for breakfast to make good use of this boosted metabolism, by boosting it more! Eating breakfast is essential to energizing your body and keeping you going until lunch, (when it’s time to refuel). Also, making sure to eat in the morning actually helps to decrease cravings and over-eating tendencies. Your concentration and productivity is boosted, while you’re also lowering your chances of heart disease! (As long as your eating a nutritious breakfast, and not sugary BS). If you need some inspiration, check out these quick and easy ideas.
Hygiene is super important in the morning, allowing you to feel clean and fresh. Even just splashing your face with water helps to wake you up and transition into your morning routine. Washing your face is super important to rid your skin of the filth your pillowcase collects (a reason to wash your pillowcase regularly). Brush your teeth so no one you encounter has to deal with your horrendous breath, and brush your hair but cmon, put a little effort in. I also like to put an eye masks when I have time, like Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches. These helps to moisturize your eyes and fade dark circles, making you look more awake than your feel.
When your picking an outfit in the morning, it’s important to pick something that you feel good in. Everyone wants to try to wear new things and step out of their comfort zone, but if these pieces make you feel actually uncomfortable, it’s time to return them and wear something that’s more you. Feeling like yourself, and the best version of yourself, is important to being confident and productive during your day. Stick to the basics, things that are appropriate for work, so not revealing or too comfortable like sweats. You can accessorize to make the outfit more fun and fashionable. Try adding statement pieces like a snakeskin handbag, or red crocodile boots.
Take Your Coffee To-Go
Making a cup of coffee or tea, or even water, to go is certain to make you feel more productive. This helps to get some caffeine in your system before you get to your desired location so that your energized and ready to take on whatever the day brings you. Drinking it after you drink water and have food in your system, helps to avoid that jittery feeling we all know and hate, as well as helping you to avoid crashing later on. It’s also important to avoid caffeine after 3 pm, so that it doesn’t mess with your sleeping schedule, and cause you to need even more caffeine when the morning comes around again. You can learn more about the best times to drink coffee here.