I Woke Up Like This: Make Your Mornings Flawless

IMG_0079There are two types of people in this world: those who enjoy waking up at the crack of dawn, and those who go to sleep late, sleep for a few hours, and then wake up early (not by choice). Most of us can admit that waking up in the morning is not fun, especially when it’s for school or work. However, when you think about it, we should be a lot more grateful that we are waking up every morning. So, let’s cut back on the late night Netflix binging and Instagram creeping and make small adjustments in revitalizing our mind, body, and spirit. Make mornings your BITCH!

frankandariel1-11. Create a restful environment

IMG_0002All of the times our moms yelled at us for not making our bed finally makes sense (just don’t admit it of course!). Whether mom knew it or not, going to sleep with the bed made and a clean room helps lower anxiety levels and allows you to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. Our minds respond to clutter as chaos, therefore creating high volumes of negative energy. So, let’s keep our rooms clean for the sake of positive vibes and stress free mornings.

Use candles and greenery to create a pleasant setting
Use candles and greenery to create a pleasant setting.

2. Start winding down early

upsidedown1-1We know, TURN DOWN FOR WHAT? Right?…Wrong. As much work, TV, social media, and hang time you want to cram in before you knock out, it’s best to start calling it a night early. Yeah, we know it sounds lame to set a bed time for yourself, but 10:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m. is pretty reasonable for a weekday. Soon you’ll realize how much sleep you’ve been missing out on and will feel more energized when you wake up.

3. Prepare the night before

outfit_on_bed_effectedOnce again, we know it feels like we’re going back to elementary school days, but mama had a point! Showering the night before and having your clothes picked out helps take away the hassle of doing it all in the morning. This way you’ll also have a little extra time to sleep!

4. Stop hitting snooze

IMG_0033There is really no point. Ten extra minutes is not going to make you feel any more refreshed, it’ll only piss you off that now you’ve been woken up twice. To avoid this, keep your phone close enough to hear the alarm, but far enough to have to get out of bed to shut it off.

5. Increase natural energy

upsidedownedit-1Stretching and working out does wonders for the mind, body, and spirit. Early morning stretches help iron out the kinks from the night before. It’s a gentle way to loosen and realign your muscles, as well as increase blood flow throughout your body. More blood flow means more oxygen to the brain. The same goes for early morning workouts. The more your heart rate increases the more blood is flowing through your body. You are also naturally cleansing out yesterday’s impurities through sweat. Incorporating a workout in the morning can be difficult for some, but that natural high you get afterwards will make you want to adjust your schedule.

IMG_00166. Focus inward

IMG_0005As the great Katt Williams put it, “get in tune with your star player.” Instead of checking emails, Instagram, or Facebook first thing in the morning, opt for meditation. We’ll admit that sitting in silence and clearing your mind is actually pretty difficult. We’re so used to our minds racing with constant thoughts that we don’t know how to shut our brains off, especially because sometimes these thoughts don’t say the nicest things to us. However, meditation is beneficial to your emotional well-being and your overall health. By focusing your attention within, you eliminate the clutter of thoughts that have been crowding your mind and causing you stress. It also can give you a sense of inner-peace and balance that will give you the confidence to take on any challenge.

Seek spiritual guidance. 7. Feed the brain!

IMG_0029Wake your brain up by challenging it first thing in the morning; that’s the best time to retain information.  Just like your muscles, your brain needs exercise and mental stimulation. Pick up a book, read a magazine, do a puzzle, or if you really have no choice (shame), read something online. It’ll help improve your memory and concentration and decrease stress.

8. Eat breakfast

breakfastWe love breakfast. We also would love to have a homestyle breakfast every morning, but we don’t. Blaming our busy schedule is no excuse to skip meals. Whether it’s a full course breakfast or a light one, don’t deprive your body by skipping out. Start by eating within the first hour of waking up. This will boost metabolism, regulate your eating schedule, and give you the energy you need to start your day. So, make sure you do some grocery shopping! There’s nothing more exciting than to go to bed knowing you’ll have a delicious breakfast in the morning.

9.Coffee/Tea

IMG_0060Weirdly enough, there’s a specific time that’s best to drink coffee or tea. According to science, the best times are between 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Your body has a 24-hour hormone cycle and between 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. it releases cortisol, a hormone that naturally makes you feel alert and awake. Your body will release this two more times throughout the day. Consuming caffeine will be most effective after the cortisol drop.

IMG_002210. Take a walk/be outside

Morning sunlight improves bone health, boosts immunity, decreases depression, and lowers certain cancer risks. If you have a window, let the sun shine in–we are in Chicago so we already lack vitamin D and can use all the sunshine we can get. Instead of making you bedroom Batman’s cave, open the shades. If you don’t have a window in your room go outside as soon as you wake up.  Let the morning air cool your face as a natural high for the start of your day.

We want everyone to feel like this

(Sorry, we love the remix more…)

XO,

Rebecca & Ariel

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