5 Tips for a Peaceful Morning

I am NOT a morning person.

I love the idea of being a morning person…getting up early with the birds, reading the newspaper or a book, being productive and finished with errands by noon…etc. Sounds lovely. But in real life, the morning struggle is all too real, and coffee is all too necessary. 

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So I’m here today to share 5 simple tips to help start your day off right!

TIP 1: Get up earlier

That’s right. Earlier. “But I thought you said you weren’t a morning person? Why wouldn’t you sleep as long as you can?” Great question! For this reason: I hate being rushed in the morning. It takes me a little bit to come out of my zombie-like slumber. Easing into the day is much nicer than scrambling around because you hit snooze 6 times (guilty).

Get up 30 minutes earlier. Have your coffee. Catch up on your IG feed. Open the windows. Listen to the birds. Take some deep breaths. Don’t you feel better already?

TIP 2: Take a walk

A walk, not a jog, not a hike, not a Crossfit class, not a pilates mania video. (I mean, if that’s your thing, more power to ya! But I’m specifically speaking to my fellow morning haters).

Take a short stroll around your neighborhood while your coffee is brewing. It helps wake you up and you’ll get some fresh air in your lungs. And for some reason, walking around in the quiet of the morning makes me appreciate where I live and the beauty around me even more. Dwell on gratitude. :)

TIP 3: Plan tomorrow’s outfit tonight

So simple, yet so overlooked. Approximately how long in the morning does it take to get dressed? Some (lucky) days, a few minutes. But we all know about those WHY DO I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR IN THIS FULL CLOSET days that happen too frequently.

Too many dresses in too small of a space...somebody stop the madness!!

Set out the basics of what you want to wear. You can add accessories in the morning! Crisis averted.

...separate from the pattern-mania that's happening in the closet. And I even set out my tights! Small wins, people. That's all we're after.

TIP 4: Music

I started listening to the Ella Fitzgerald Pandora station in the mornings about a year ago, and now it’s a morning ritual. You just can’t be in a bad mood while listening to magical jazz melodies fill the room!

Instead of turning on the TV, try a relaxing morning playlist. It will calm your mind and make you feel like you’re in control of the day. (And read some light poetry! Fill your mind with lovely things, and that's what you'll start to see!)

TIP 5: Meditate for 3-5 minutes

Now, if you’ve never meditated, this might feel completely unnatural. But hear me out. Starting your day by pausing and reflecting on the bigger picture will build your power, and help you feel calm, cool, and collected. You’ve got this. Things are under control!

Think of one, or a few, things that you want more of in your life. (i.e. confidence, grace, love, forgiveness, patience). Set a timer on your phone for 3-5 minutes. Sit or lay comfortably. Close your eyes. Breathe intentionally. Inhale that which you desire to have more of, exhale that which no longer serves you. 

Now we’re 100% ready to start the day! Rise and Shine, beauties!!

Love & Coffee

Jen