Can you become a morning person? If you had asked me that ten years ago, the answer would have been a resounding no. I have always become more alive at night, groggy in the mornings. Ten years ago and beyond people knew not to even approach me before 10.30am.
These days I have improved a lot, people can now approach me with safety haha, but I still struggle to get up in the morning and I would like to be able to accomplish a lot more. So I thought that I would share some of the things that I have been doing to improve my mornings.
First things, first plan your morning the night before.
If you struggle to function in the mornings, organising yourself and the things you need to accomplish is somethings (always) hard. One of the things that I make part of my evening routine is to organise my morning routine.
I chose my outfit the night before and get it out ready. I take out the makeup that I will be using and lay it out on a chest of drawers ready to be used. I put my skincare routine out ready in the bathroom (within morning stumbling distance) and put my coffee things out ready in the kitchen. I am still working on having breakfast in the morning but haven't accomplished that yet.
Next, set yourself up to be ready for sleep.
This is a hard one for me as I live with my mum and my bedroom is used as sitting room, lounging room and bedroom. Depending on what I am doing the next day, I aim for a time that I want to go to bed and turn off the television at least half an hour before. I try to read some of whatever book I have on my bed stand for the remaining time as I find this relaxing. I also ensure not to eat anything at least three hours before I want to go to bed.
Be comfortable and supported
When my very old mattress needed replacing a couple of years ago, I made the mistake in not investing in a good mattress. I bought a cheap one, thinking that anything would do, and subsequently spent the next six months uncomfortable and with disturbed sleep.
I invested in a decent pocket sprung mattress and suddenly I was sleeping through the night without waking up, having to adjust to become more comfortable. I think I paid around £250 and I am happy in the knowledge that it should last me 7-8 years.
Finally, and this is something that I will talk about in a future blog post, I have recently bought a morning sidekick journal which aims, within 66 days, to make you in a morning person. I will let you know about my progress.
In the meantime however, I have become involved with the Bed Guru's #SpringOutofBed campaign. They have offered me the opportunity to give away a fabulous breakfast hamper, shown below, which has lovely things like smoked salmon, croissants and fruit preserves. You can check out the hamper here:
You can enter the competition below:
*In collaboration with Bed Guru.