Mornings are the worst. But unless you win the lottery, you’re still going to have to greet Monday morning with a
grimace smile. Have you noticed that running late has become your morning exercise routine? If so, it’s time to kiss these bad morning habits goodbye and learn how to set yourself up for success.
1. Scrambling to get your outfit together last minute.
Guys, it may not be your first day of 3rd grade, but having your outfit all ready to go in the morning is a lifesaver. Not just picking out your duds, but also having them wrinkle-free. I waste so much time in the morning trying to figure out what I’m going to wear. I’ll throw an outfit on and realize it looks heinous, and toss it into a pile. And 15 minutes later I’m less than satisfied with my outfit, running late, and find myself escaping a war zone. If the police ever saw my room after getting ready they’d assume foul play or burglary. Nope, just an unprepared young lady trying to get her act together last minute. Moral of the story: pick out a couple of outfit options (in case you change your mind) and make sure they’re ironed.
2. Not starting with a clean slate.
If you don’t wash your face before bed every night, we’re not friends until you leave a pack of makeup wipes next to your bed. You need to let your skin breathe at night, not to mention avoid getting mascara all over your pillow. I’ve seen debates of whether or not you should wash your face in the morning, but I’m a firm believer in starting with a clean slate. Using a basic cleanser will remove the remaining mascara from your lashes (let’s be real, you didn’t get it all off before giving up) as well as sweat and bacteria. Because yes, even if you don’t wake up in a puddle, you do sweat while you sleep. Once your face is fresh, don’t forget to moisturize with an SPF even if it isn’t summer. Your future skin will thank you, especially if you’re guilty of snoozing in your makeup.
3. Staring at your fridge waiting for your lunch to appear.
Okay, Science. Get it together. We can send men to the moon and have self-driving cars, but no one is in the lab working on a fridge that can make me a meal? I can’t be the only one who plays peek-a-boo with my fridge, hoping something new (and delicious!) will pop up the next time I peek in.
Buying lunch every day is so expensive, even if it’s from your company’s cafeteria. Never mind when there’s a waiter involved. Save yourself some money and sanity in the morning by meal prepping your lunches. Or pack them the night before. If you make dinner and have a little bit of everything left, make up a plate for work. Don’t have time to cook? I love leaving some Trader Joe’s dinners in my freezer just in case. They’re not as depressing as a Lean Cuisine and come in a variety of fun flavors.
4. Skipping breakfast like your college lecture class.
Technically, you eat breakfast every day. It might not be a bagel or waffle, but by definition, eating breaks your fast. I know some people get nauseous if they eat early in the morning, but there’s no law stating you have to eat within a certain period of waking up. If your stomach can’t handle anything heavy, drink some coffee or tea. Then mid-morning, like 10 o’clock, make yourself some peanut butter toast or have a Lara Bar. Just like your coffee, food gives you energy. Having something in your stomach means you won’t be starving at lunch and eat yourself into a food coma (aka unwanted calories and grogginess.) Not to mention your coworkers will thank you for not being hangry in your morning meeting.
5. Slamming the snooze button.
I have a lot of pet peeves, but the biggest has to be when people set alarms and have no intention of getting up at that time. But this post isn’t about how to stop annoying your roommate or partner. It’s about creating morning habits to set yourself up for success. I get it. Sometimes Most times I’m not ready to get out of bed the moment my alarm goes off. I find myself hitting snooze and lying in bed, thinking about my day. Science has seriously been slacking. Not many studies have been performed whether hitting snooze will ruin your day, but researchers agree that it can make you feel drowsier. That’s because your body wakes up to the “false” alarm and drifts back to sleep. Most often you’ll drift back to dreamland in the first stage of sleep, where your body begins making hormones to encourage deep sleep. And that’s the last thing your body needs when you have a big day ahead of you.
So what should you do instead? Try to go to bed 15 minutes earlier than you usually do. I recently started using Apple’s Bedtime feature. You tell the alarm app how many hours of sleep you’d like to get and your ideal wake time, and they take it from there. Maybe I’m loving it because of #science. But my guess is that I like the alarm tone better. It’s a classical melody that crescendos, coaxing you to wake up. I also wake up a few minutes early so I can lay in bed and think about my day.
6. Drinking your coffee or tea with tons of added sugar and cream.
Seriously, if I scroll through Pinterest one more time and see “Eat less sugar, you’re already sweet enough” in fancy typography, I’m going to scream. What if I went around saying, “I don’t drink coffee, I’m already bitter enough.” Which is half true. I don’t drink coffee. I tried to in college but it was still disgusting and the majority of my mug was artificial sweeteners (shame on me) and cream. Is coffee your life blood because you depend on it to wake you up or do you enjoy the flavor?
If you hate the taste, switch to something else. You are wasting so many calories every morning on something you don’t even like. Not to mention all that sugar is going to make you crash hard. Carbs like table sugar (sucrose) are fast-releasing, giving you a burst of energy then leaving you high and dry. (Side note: coffee dehydrates you, so make sure you drink plenty of water to counteract this.) If you must have sweetener, be mindful of what you’re putting in your mug and body. Most of the creamers you see on the market are full of artificial flavorings and sweeteners. And keep an eye on serving sizes. Filling your mug halfway with half and half is common and a diet nightmare.
- Are you guilty of pressing snooze every morning?
- What’s your go-to breakfast on a busy day?
- Would you rather wear a mismatched outfit or a very wrinkled shirt to work?