Especially if you work from home
Waking up and getting straight into the day can be tough. The temptation to hit the snooze button or to lie in bed and scroll through Instagram can be all too hard to resist. But after finishing uni (forever!) I’ve been working from home quite a bit lately and have realised that I need to start making some good morning habits. So, here are my top tips to get up and get into it.
1. Start with exercise
There’s nothing better than starting your day with exercise but it can be a real struggle, I know. With the warmer weather settling in, though, I’ve found myself more willing to get up and do it. Lately, I’ve been dragging my yoga matt out and doing some exercises from my weekly pilates class (if you’re stuck for exercise ideas, YouTube a yoga or pilates workout). Afterwards I feel relaxed and good about myself, my body aches less (from the gym the day before usually) and I feel ready to start the day. Though if you’re truly dedicated, head to the gym first thing and get a good workout in, it’s amazing how much more energised you’ll feel. I’ve done this a couple of times but haven’t quite made it a daily habit yet!
2. Head out for coffee
If you’re like me and love a good coffee (none of that instant stuff!) then head out to your local cafe in the morning. Whether you’re heading out of the house just for the coffee run or grabbing one on your way to work, it’s a great pick me up. There’s nothing like fresh air in the morning to wake you up but if that doesn’t, the smell of roasting coffee sure will!
3. Do something you love
Take the time out of your morning to do something you love. Whether it be writing, watching an episode of your favourite TV show or reading a book in your backyard. It’s amazing how much you’ll come to look forward to your mornings, and it sets you up to be in a positive mood for the rest of the day.
4. Get inspired
Whether it’s flipping through magazines or scrolling through Pinterest, there’s nothing like soaking up some inspiration to get you motivated and ready to start the day. As a creative, I love to read articles or scroll through images on Instagram. Although my favourite source of inspiration is watching vlogs; I love to watch other girl bosses succeeding, it’s encouraging and reminds me that every day counts. My favourites at the moment are Chriselle Lim and Twice Blessed.
5. Have a routine
It can be all too easy to jump on your laptop first thing to check an email or write something quickly. Instead, have a routine for what you want your morning to look like, create an order that works for you. Whether it be going on a coffee run, reading a book, watching tv or catching up on your socials. Make sure to include good habits like getting up at the same time every day, drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning, making a to do list and having a skincare routine.
How do you start your day right?