Are you the kind of girl who hits snooze three times before you finally drag yourself out of bed and into the shower only to shockingly discover (even though this seems to be a reoccurring pattern) that you only have fifteen minutes to get dressed and make it to work on time?
You throw on some random dress and flip flops, put heals in your bag and rush out the door. You grab a bagel and cream cheese at the cart outside your office building, power walk through the lobby into the elevator like you are about to miss your plane, plop down in front of your computer and stuff your bagel in your mouth as you check your email.
And when the adrenaline wears off around 9:45am, you’re even more tired than you were when your alarm went off for the first time at 7:30am.
The reality is that sleeping an extra half an hour doesn’t actually make you feel more rested, or set you up for a successful day. In fact, it makes you sluggish, stressed, and frazzled.
A lot of us stay in bed because the thought of going to work makes us miserable, or we just can’t face the idea of going to a crowded gym. BUT if you can start to create a morning routine that you actually enjoy and look forward to, you have something besides work to jump out of bed for when your alarm goes off at 7am.
Add these to your routine to spice things up:
Find an alarm that will play music as your wakeup call. Whoever came up with the idea that a jarring BEEP BEEP BEEP, is the best way to wake up had major issues. Instead try waking up to an upbeat song that makes you feel happy, or a relaxing instrumental, which reminds you of waking up after an amazing massage at a spa.
Upgrade your shower products. Find body washes, scrubs, and shampoos that make you feel fabulous. In fact, invest in a few different types of body wash. One day you may be in the mood for a lavender scented moisturizing wash, and another day a cucumber sea salt scrub. Go for diversity so your morning shower is never boring.
Spend some time making a nice breakfast. This is a step most of us skip, but eating a good breakfast, and taking time to eat it AT HOME is the best way to set yourself up for a successful day. It gives you time to slow down and center yourself, the food will give you energy and you will feel nurtured just by spending the time to create something wonderful.
Do something fun before going to work. This must sound pretty crazy to you, but doing something fun for yourself before you start your day will set the stage for a day of joy, happiness and empowerment. Try:
• Dancing around your apartment
• Sitting at your favorite coffee shop for 20 minutes and reading a magazine
• Getting together with a girl friend for a quick catch up
• Getting your nails done
• Going for a walk outside, and visiting the local dog park
Put together a fabulous outfit. A lot of us have gotten out of the habit of pulling ourselves together in the morning. Instead we choose the path of least resistance and put on something in a rush without thought. Try to see the fun in getting dressed. Putting patterns and looks together can be very creative. Your outfit should reflect the way you want to feel today. Do you want to feel professional and pulled together, fun and flirty, mysterious and sensual? Top is all off with a nice hair-do and fresh make-up.
I promise after putting a little extra into your morning, even if it takes you 90 minutes as opposed to 30 minutes to get out the door, you will feel more rested, centered and energetic than if you slept until 11am, and I bet that the struggle to get out of bed will rapidly vanish.