In my last blog post about morning rituals, I outlined some ideas for having a happy and productive start to the day. I believe that the most important step to having an amazing morning is getting ready the night before. This is probably especially true if, like me, you don’t consider yourself a morning person. I go out of my way to prepare as much as I can in the evening so my mornings are as light and stress free as possible. Here are some habits that I’ve put into place that help me prepare for a great morning.
Set a schedule.
I know I like to be in bed by 10, so I start slowing down and getting into my nighttime routine around 8. This is my time to unwind, disconnect from the day, connect with myself and others, and prepare for bed.
Prep your food.
I use this time to prepare breakfast, snacks, and lunch for the following day. The next morning I only need to grab my lemon water, overnight oats, and lunch bag before I head out the door. This frees up my morning time for more sleep or anything else I’d rather be doing.
Choose an outfit.
I like to lay out my entire outfit the night before from my accessories down to my underwear. This leads to less time lost and less foggy decision making in the morning.
I’m trying to get into a routine of reading for at least half an hour before bed every night. I used to do this on my iPad, but then I noticed that I would get distracted and end up surfing the Internet or playing Words With Friends. I also started hearing about how bad it is for us to constantly be staring at the blue light from all of our modern gadgets. One of the side effects of this can be insomnia. Although I’ve rarely had trouble sleeping, I decided to forgo my iPad for a traditional book at night. I’ve found that this does lend itself to a more tranquil mood and tone and helps my winding down process.
Shut it down.
When I’m finished reading, I prepare my environment for a night of uninterrupted sleep. I put my iPad and cell phone on silent. I turn off most of the lights. I’m kind of afraid of the dark, so I do leave a hall light on. Don’t judge me. I personally like the sound of white noise, so I turn on my air purifier and AC if it’s not already on. There are also many apps that come with different sound effects that work for just about any preference (besides silence of course).
End on a positive note.
The last thing I do before I drift off to sleep is think of everything I was grateful for that day. This helps me to fall asleep with a smile on my face in appreciation for the day that was while looking forward to a restful night and another chance at a new tomorrow.
I hope you’ve found this helpful. As with anything else, please take in only what’s useful to you and adapt or toss the rest. Have a good night so you can have an even better morning!