I strongly believe our opinions about mornings are different. Depending of our routine and lifestyle we develop very particular feelings about this magnificent time of the day – yes, I love mornings! Why? A little over a year ago I made the decision of improving some aspects of my routine to make my days better. While doing that I realized how important mornings are for me: they dictate how at least 80% of my day will go.
Today, I can finally say that I’ve found my happy place when it comes to mornings and my goal is for you to find yours. I love sharing ideas and positive thoughts with people so here are five things that are making a big impact on my mornings; however, if nothing on this list helps you, I encourage you to dedicate some time to find the things that work for you. It will change your life in the long term!
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Melatonin: It’s crucial to understand that having a good and enjoyable morning depends of having a good and enjoyable night of sleep. Long story short: I had the worst sleep ever and before taking melatonin I would wake up multiple times at night, sometimes taking me up to one hour to fall back asleep. Of course, every morning I would be exhausted and drained. Two months ago I started taking melatonin and It has improved my sleep tremendously. Melatonin is a hormone produced in your body that regulates the sleep cycle. Unfortunately, some of us produce low levels of this hormone and that’s why we can’t get a good sleep. I’m not a big fan of vitamins, supplements or things like that, but Melatonin has drastically changed my life. If you are curious about it please do some extra research online (it’s very interesting to understand how our sleep cycle works and how our hormones affect it), but this is the melatonin 101 basic things you need to know about it:
- You can find it at the vitamins section of any local grocery or drug store (also online, of course).
- Melatonin comes in different dosages (1mg, 3mg, 5 mg, 10 mg). 5 mg is the one that has worked the best for me. If you want to take Melatonin, start with a low dosage and see how your body reacts. It’s not recommended to go over 10mg per day.
- Pay close attention to the serving size: different brands have different serving sizes. The bottle will always tell you the total dosage per serving but look in the back and read how many actual pills/gummies/capsules you need to take. For example, the melatonin that I used to take had 5mg per serving, and the serving size was two gummies, meaning that one gummy has 2.5 mg of melatonin. The brand I’m taking now has also 5mg per serving, but the serving size is one gummy. A lot of people don’t read about the serving size and they end up not taking the right dosage.
- It’s suggested to be taken 20-30 mins before going to sleep.
Please be aware that Melatonin is not a drug, narcotic or anything similar – I just wanted to mention it in case someone freaks out.
Sleep mask: Continuing with the idea of having a good night of sleep, a sleep mask has been a game changer for me. Maybe your room is not dark enough and the street lights are waking you up a few times a night, or maybe your partner likes to watch TV or read a book with the side light on a little too late. In my case, my room is not as dark as I would like it be so without a sleep mask, by 5:45 am, when the sun is coming out and it’s already light outside I would be wide awake and without the possibility of going back to sleep because my body just wouldn’t allow it. Whatever your situation is, if you’re dealing with a bad night of sleep because of a source of light please, get yourself a sleep mask. You can find hundreds of options online. Just spend some time doing your research and get the one that’s most convenient for you.
Make your bed: since I have shared a couple tips that help with getting to sleep, now we can focus on what happens after we get up. We all have a different routine, work schedule and lifestyle but what we have in common is that we have a bed and we should make it everyday. If you want to have a nice and productive morning, making your bed should be the first thing done! It’s the first accomplishment of the day (it’s all about the little things people). If you’re a person who works from home or simply stays at home during the day, having your bed made reduces the possibilities of you going back in it (I can guarantee that, LOL). If you have to go to work or do other stuff that implies you getting out of the house then please, don’t leave without making the bed. It will make you feel better throughout the day knowing that your bed looks neat and is ready for you when you get home. If you don’t have to do either of the things mentioned above and you can just stay in bed all day, enjoy it!
Have a special morning drink: Since this is my first post you probably don’t know it yet, but I’m all in when it comes to healthy stuff. Therefore, I will not be recommending for you to have a soda or a Frappuccino (at the end of the day is up to you and what makes you happy). Anyhow, let’s get back to the drink: make this your special treat, something that you look forward to having (remember, something good for your body, but also good for your soul). It can be a coffee, it can be smoothie, it can be a tea, just find something that you enjoy. I personally like the kick from caffeine in the morning, but I don’t enjoy coffee as much as I used to anymore. What I’ve been obsessed with for a couple years now is Matcha (call me basic). If you don’t know about it please google it, ASAP. I love it because it gives me energy and it’s way too good for my body. I usually make a hot or iced matcha tea depending of the season, or my mood. But last week, for the first time I did my version of “Matcha latte” (at least this is how I named it, I’m now wondering if it needs coffee to be considered a latte). It’s very simple: unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a serving of Matcha powder and a serving of collagen.
Music or something to listen: no matter if it’s just while you’re cooking breakfast or if you are on your way to work, music can make the experience 100% better. If you’re more into podcast’s, go for it! Have a morning playlist of whatever you want! The important advise is that you remember to add these into your morning routine.
I hope this post can be helpful to you or someone you know. I would love to read about the things that you do to make your mornings better, so feel free to leave them in the comments!