Your mornings don't have to be stressful and chaotic--they just need to be better managed. It is possible to wake up feeling refreshed, invigorated and ready to take on the day--we promise! Here are five ways to improve your morning routine, guaranteeing you'll get your day off on the right foot.
Five Tips For A Happier Morning Routine
1. Flowers, Coffee And Other Aesthetically Pleasing Things
When you first open your eyes in the morning, what do you see? Is it a pleasant and appealing sight? Does the sound of your alarm clock scare you with buzzing & ringing, or does a lilting, melodic chime slowly wake you from your slumber? Does the tempting smell of coffee waft through your home, inviting you to rise, shine and begin your day? Try starting off with a few basic pleasantries to set the tone for the rest of your day:
2. Plan Your Day The Night Before
Nothing says stressful morning like rushing around at the last minute making lunches, looking for paperwork, misplaced car keys or your sunglasses (p.s., they're on your head). Take about 30 minutes the night before to pack your lunch, lay out your clothes, fill your water bottle, organize your tote bag and jot down any notes you may need for work or running errands the next day. If you don't have a planner, you might want to consider getting one. They're a lifesaver when it comes to organizing your time and keeping yourself accountable.
3. Scent Your Home
Fragrance and scent have a way of lifting our spirits and evoking a mood (and memories). Of course, what might smell good to me may not be your cup of tea, but that's because scent is personal. Try starting your day with a scent you love, using a nebulizing diffuser like the ones found at aromatechscent.com. You can diffuse luxurious and relaxing scents throughout your home using a variety of diffusers styles and organic oil blends.
Personally, I enjoy citrus-scented candles and wax melts throughout my home in the mornings. The light, refreshing scent wakes my senses and has me feeling invigorated in no time. Same goes for body wash & lotion; the crisp, fresh scents of lemon, orange and verbena are a few of my faves.
4. Squeeze A Fresh Glass Of Juice
Do you juice? If you don't care for vegetables much, you can mask the taste while reaping all the health rewards by juicing. Some of the benefits of juicing include:
If you've never juiced before, check out these simple juicing recipes. Most call for four ingredients or less!
You can also start your day with a simple glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Not only does fresh OJ smell and taste fantastic, it's also chock full of healthy goodness.
5. Get Your Freak On (We're Not Kidding)
Girls, our testosterone levels are highest in the morning, so why not take advantage of it and take start your day with a bang? There's a myriad of health benefits to sex, including an improved immune system and lower blood pressure. A.M. sex will also raise your oxytocin, release endorphins and give brain power a boost. How much happier can your morning get?