Everyone who knows me well knows I’m not the best morning person. I’m actually quite the opposite, and if you saw a picture of me during the early morning hours you definitely wouldn't need more convincing to believe me. But now that I’m a grown woman (lol), I realized I needed to change some things in order to get into work and be awake enough to answer to people bright and early in the AM.
So here's a list of a few changes I made to my daily routine that helped me increase my energy level, become more productive, & help me fake my enthusiasm during a 9am meeting.
(Also, one small disclaimer: you would be kidding yourself if you think all this happens everyday. Most days I’m good, some days I drink 2 too many glasses at wine Wednesday.)
1. Waking up and getting to the gym
This has become an important part of (most) of my days and has proven to come with lots of benefits.
First one is free-time: If you can get yourself out of bed early 2-3 times a week to get in a workout, that leaves you 2-3 nights that you can binge watch Netflix after work and still feel accomplished. Or do other important things you may not have done because you had to get in a workout after work.
Second is feeling awake in the morning: Nothing better than getting your blood flowing in the morning to wake you up and make you feel alert the rest of the day.
Third is making healthier choices: I've read in so many places that when you workout in the morning you’re more likely to make healthier choices throughout the day, and I completely agree. I definitely eat healthier and drink more water throughout the day after I’ve gotten in a good sweat.
2. Drinking more water
There’s nothing like drinking too much caffeine and not enough water to make you feel completely awful. I try to drink the recommended 8 glasses to keep my body and mind feelin' right.
Mix in a water, will ya?
3. Taking some time to regroup after work
Shutting down email to go out for a walk, cook dinner, blog, etc. helps me stay sane. Everyday I look forward to the time I have after work to do something that makes me happy, which helps manage my stress & anxiety and gets me to take a step back to reflect on my day. Also another reason why I workout in the morning, so I have more time to shut. it. down.
4. Cooking a healthy dinner
At the beginning of every week, I’ll buy enough groceries for 2-3 meals to cook at home to make sure I’m eating a variety of healthy foods. I’m always looking for new easy recipes or getting inspired by something I see on Pinterest and trying to replicate it on my own, which makes the whole process of going to the store and making the meals a lot more fun.
5. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep
Saving the best for last. My goal is to get 8 hours of solid sleep every night so that I’m able to function the next day, and so far I’m doing pretty well at this one. Like I said, I hate getting up in the morning so staying in bed for at least 8 hours is a dream. Why make yourself miserable by staying up later?
Taking baby steps and making small changes to my routine really improved my everyday life and makes me feel like I can accomplish so much more. After all, making sure you take care of yourself first is the most important thing you can do.