5 Tips to Make Your Mornings Sparkle

5 tips to make your mornings sparkle pinterestAs a self proclaimed night owl and someone who is self employed, mornings are difficult for me! It’s strange because when I was in corporate I always chose to work earlier shifts so I could teach Pilates in the evenings. Now that I don’t have to teach until 5pm most days, getting up before 10am is a struggle! Not all fitness professionals are morning people! 🙂

I have learned a few tricks to get myself going in the mornings, and have made it my personal quest to be up by 8am every day moving forward! Here are my top five tips to make your morning sparkle!

//Set your outfit out for the day the night before

My wardrobe has changed a lot from when I was working in corporate. There are so many items in my closet that have gone untouched because now I live in racerbacks and leggings. My day usually consists of working on this blog, doing work for my social media clients, hitting the gym and then teaching at night. Unless I am meeting a client in person, I don’t have a reason for slacks. But, it’s still important for me to feel good even in my workout clothes since that is my uniform now.

I like to lay out my outfit the night before, pick my shoes and make sure I am looking good. It’s so easy to get frumpy when you work from home, and I admit I have my days, but when I feel a little dressed up I work a lot harder.

On to you: I challenge you this week to pick out your outfits the night before each day. Lay out everything from your hair accessories to jewelry to shoes. You may be surprised by how much time you save in the morning not having to dig through your closet to find the perfect piece. With that extra time, you can enjoy my second tip. 🙂

//Cuddle with something or someone for an extra five minutes

Mornings are nice for my husband and I because he works from 1pm to 9pm, so we have all kinds of time to cuddle before he leaves for the day. One of our favorite things to do is just stay in bed and chat about our upcoming plans. Our puppy and cat are almost always on the bed with us until the last possible second.

What this does is create a calming energy for the rest of the day. If you set your alarm to go off at the last possible minute, you are rushing around and frantic. You may miss out on small special moments to take a breath and start your day fresh.

On to you: If you don’t have a loved one living with you that you can cuddle with, then grab your favorite book or spend some time stretching. Giving yourself a few extra minutes to relish your time in bed a little more will help get you ready to conquer the day ahead.

//Wash your face as soon as you jump out of bed

As soon as I am ready to get out of bed, I get my butt into the bathroom and wash my face and brush my teeth. I enjoy showers at night, so this is an important step to help me feel fresh and awake in the mornings.

Using a skincare line that I love makes me feel great in the morning. My skin feels soft and supple, I LOVE putting moisturizer and eye cream on, and may be a little obsessed with those things.

On to you: Try a new skincare product that excites you and will help you achieve healthy dewy skin. When we are first waking up our skin looks dull and tired, but washing your face first thing in the morning will not only wake you up but your skin as well.

5 tips to make your mornings sparkle breakfast

//Make a killer breakfast each morning

If you’re anything like me, you can eat the same thing over and over until you’re sick of it. I am a creature of habit, and don’t need to change things up too often. It’s overwhelming for me to think about constantly trying new recipes and cooking new things. If I know I like something {like oatmeal with almond milk, nuts and fruit} I don’t see the need to reinvent the wheel.

If you are like me or not, plan a killer breakfast for your morning. Lately I have been loving Trader Joes Garlic & Herb Chicken Sausage with a piece of toast and a little butter. It’s quick to make, delicious and includes protein, carbs and fat.

On to you: Come up with your own favorite recipes to make for breakfast. Maybe it’s a delicious protein muffin that you prep on Sunday and eat the rest of the week. Maybe you like a savory breakfast such as omelets or chicken sausage. Whatever it is, plan out what you want to have for the next week, and prep it in advance as much as possible. Starting your morning with a healthy breakfast is one of the best ways to kick start your day.

5 Tips to Make Your Mornings Sparkle//Get outside

Now that I have made my breakfast, I take my dog out for a walk. Breathing the fresh air outside after being inside all night is a great way to get your morning off to a bang. If I had a patio, I would love to have my breakfast and tea outside with a cozy sweater and slippers still on.

On to you: Even if you only have a few minutes while you are on your way to work, take a moment to savor that time outside. Even working from home I find that I don’t go outside as much as I initially thought I would. You have to set your intentions to make those moments memorable for you. Wake up a few minutes early to be able to take some extra time savoring your new morning routine.

I realize that we all have different schedules and priorities, but I promise if you start with even just one of these tips, your mornings will sparkle even brighter. If you are not a morning person, these tips will help you to enjoy your mornings that much more.

Your turn:
What does you typical morning routine look like? Do you do any of the things I recommend above and if so, how does that effect the rest of your day?

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About Stephanie

Stephanie Benton is a STOTT PILATES Certified instructor and recently became a mom! She holds a BA in Dance from California State University Long Beach, and has a passion for helping new moms reconnect with their physical and emotional selves after starting a family. Cohesive Fitness is a place to learn to simplify your life, health and family priorities.
  • fitlivingblog

    This is such a great post! All weekend I have been thinking that I need to get up earlier because I just didn’t get done what all I wanted to last week. With a full-time job and trying to get into blogging more seriously it can be hard to balance everything while still making sure I’m getting my exercise in. I love your tip about washing your face and brushing your teeth first thing – I always do this! My goal this week is to get up early enough to take my dog for a walk before work in the mornings. Should be doable, right? 🙂

  • I try to get outside as soon as possible after my son and I eat breakfast!

  • Thanks awesome Shannon, way to go!

  • Carly,

    I can understand your pain! Before I was laid off from my corporate job in May, I was working full time and teaching Pilates another 15 hours a week! My own health suffered and I didn’t put myself first. Even now, I still find it a struggle to put myself first, but it is my top priority now! I think you can do it for sure if you make it a priority! <3

    -Steph

  • fitlivingblog

    I agree! Today I had an early morning appointment, so…. starting tomorrow! 😉

  • Great post 🙂 I’ve been taking my daughter on walks after breakfast and the rest of the day is much happier!!

  • 60-TheNew40.com

    Really good tips, thanks for your post. I love to get an early start to the day, I get so much more done. Trouble is I have developed a bad habit of going to bed very late and this impacts the morning routine. I need to adjust that.
    Kathleen #TipTuesday

  • Vicki Saunders

    Great tips, I used to wash my face first thing every morning and somewhere along the way I stopped… I will try to start again!

  • Wonderful tips! I find that having everything I need ready to go the night before helps a lot, so glad you mentioned it!

  • Lovely post!
    I am not a morning person myself so I need all the time I can get to “wake up”. All the rush simply does not work for me.
    Thank you for sharing such a great post on #TipTuesday!

  • Debbie,

    Thanks! Yea being rushed in the mornings makes me feel even worse throughout the day! Thanks for letting me share!

    Steph

  • It’s super helpful and a very common tip, but also something we tend to forget to do very easily! Glad you enjoyed the post, Cristina!

    -Steph

  • Vicki,

    Glad I could give you a friendly reminder! LOL

    -Steph

  • Hi Kathleen,

    Yes, now that I am not in corporate america, I have reverted back to my night owl ways. I would be happy going to sleep at 2am and waking up between 10 and 11am daily. I love my sleep. 🙂

    -Steph

  • Steph,

    Yay! Isla is such a cutie patootie! Let’s make a date to get together soon! I have a bit more free time now! <3

    -Steph