Let me just start off by saying that I am not a morning person. I strive to enjoy the mornings, but ya girl just really loves sleep. One of my goals for 2018 is to enjoy mornings and to wake up earlier so I can start my day off being productive. My husband, John, is a morning person. He THRIVES in the morning. John wakes up early, makes his breakfast and makes the best cup of coffee (he literally has it down to a science) and has his quiet time with Jesus. I strive to have this morning routine.
Although I’m not there YET, I am getting a lot better and having more productive mornings and wanted to share how I’ve gotten better at this…because it’s a process and doesn’t happen overnight 😉
CHARGE YOUR PHONE AWAY FROM YOUR BED
If I’m being honest, my phone keeps me up at night and keeps me glued to my bed in the mornings. I have a bad habit of scrolling through social media, looking at pinterest, browsing cute shoes, looking at recipes, etc etc etc. John and I started to charge our phones in our living room [our bedroom is really tiny so we needed to more of walk to get out of bed haha]. I think this has been one of the biggest influences and having accountability from John [since he’s doing it too] is super helpful. Of course I’m not perfect at this, like the other morning I caught myself scrolling through my Instagram feed for 15 minutes and stopped myself. Hey this is a lot better than HOURS spent! #GettingThere
AVOID WATCHING TV/NETFLIX BEFORE BED
I know, I know. This is another hard habit to break. I didn’t even realize it was a habit. Watching reruns of The Office on Netflix until we fall asleep is part of our bedtime routine, I love a good laugh before bed and just being able to “not think about anything.” According to Sleep.org, “The biggest problem is that the bright light that your TV screen emits may actually keep you up. In a natural world, your body clock is set according to the rise and fall of the sun. In the evening, you start to produce a hormone called melatonin that gradually makes you feel sleepy. It continues to increase over the course of the night, helping you to fall asleep and stay asleep until morning. But it dissipates in the wee hours, and is ultimately snuffed out by dawn’s light.” They also bring up a good point “the temptation to stay up late to find out what happens next. Plus, violence, gore, or suspense may leave you feeling anxious and could contribute to tossing and turning. But neither of these is actually the main concern.” No wonder I have some scary dreams sometimes!!
PREP THE NIGHT BEFORE
Another habit I’ve been trying to work on is getting everything ready the night before. I started taking showers at night so I don’t have to spend extra time on my hair the next day, I started to lay out my clothes for the next day, pack my bags for work, and make sure I know what I’m going to eat for breakfast and lunch the next day. This saves me so much time in the morning because I’m stressing over everything the day of and can go to sleep feeling stress free and prepared! I also use this time for some self care/my skin care routine! [Working on a blog post about my skin care routine hehe so stay tuned!]
HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE MORNING
One of my favorite things about the morning is that it’s quiet and there are no distractions. I love being able to sit in quiet and peace with Jesus and just talk to Him. I’m able to hear Him better because I’m not focused on the distractions or worries of the day yet. I get excited about morning prayer and reading my Bible and eating a yummy breakfast, usually eggs or avocado toast 🙂
What helps you enjoy mornings? I’d love to hear in the comments below!