There’s nothing more frustrating than starting your day off wrong.
It could be waking up late. You take a shower, but forget to wash the conditioner out of your hair, so you have to jump back in to wash it out. Not being able to find anything to wear or worse, you can’t find anything clean to wear. You made breakfast, but forgot it. Then the transportation fails; you missed the bus/subway, or there’s an abnormal amount of traffic. If you are in LA, occasionally the freeway actually shuts down. These obstacles are unnecessary and unwanted.
I have some tips to simplify your morning routine, but the truth is a good morning routine starts off the night before.
Night time preparation
Choose two outfits to remove morning stress.
The night before, I plan two outfits:
- My feeling awesome attire
- My comfortable loose, but cute outfit.
Having two options allows me to plan for the unknown. If I wake up feeling great, I have an awesome outfit and can Beyonce out of the house. If I wake up bloated, I have a chic comfortable outfit, that allows me to feel confident. Either way, it prevents me from rummaging through my closet every morning saving time and anxiety.
Make or buy easy breakfast meals so you’re hangry doesn’t come out. Buy granola bars, make overnight oats or pre-make egg omelets in a cupcake tin. If you’re forgetful, store granola bars in your hand bag or leave them at work. If you have a good memory, pre-make meals and leave it in the fridge for an easy on the go snack.
Prepare your handbag or any bag you need.
Check your purse to make sure you have the essentials. Get your gym bag ready to work out after you clock out. Leave any notes on the door to remind yourself of anything you need to do.
Journaling to prevent over thinking.
If you have anything on your mind, write it down. As soon as you write your thoughts down your mind gets a signal that it’s okay to stop thinking. While you’re at it, get your to-do list done and include reasons why you were grateful for the day. A smile before bed never hurt nobody!
If you haven’t discovered magnesium yet, YOU Are Welcome!!! Magnesium is the best for getting some good Zs. I take magnesium because it helps with my gut issue, but it also aids in sleeping especially if you’re stressed out. It relaxes the muscles, releases the stress hormone, and calms nerve activity. I’ve tried many sleep remedies, but nothing has worked like magnesium. (Please consult with your doctor before you give this a try).
An Easy Morning
Now that outfits are ready, your bag is good to go, breakfast is sorted, and you've slept, it’s time to get your day started!
Use a non stressful alarm.
Any time I hear an iPhone alarm, I cringe. It automatically puts me in a foul mood. Try using an alarm that gently wakes you up. Sleep Cycle, not only monitors your sleep at night, but it also plays soothing music to softly wake you up.
Yoga & meditation to set intentions.
Waking up and feeling exhausted before you even get out of bed is a terrible way to get your day started. 15 minutes of yoga and a few minutes of meditating can do wonders for your morning. It also prepares you mentally for a stressful day.
I wash my hair about 2-3 times a week. I don’t have time to wash it everyday, thus the need for a shower cap. Besides, as most of us can attest, it's nearly impossible to get the just left the salon look when you get out of the shower. If my hair is feeling a little greasy, I break out the dry shampoo. It makes for a better morning and way better hair than bed hair.
Curling iron or straightener for good hair.
My bed head is crazy. No matter what I do, my hair in the morning looks like I survived a horror movie. It’s crazy. After I shower, I release the locks from my shower cap, part my hair and put each side into high ponytails. I section one side out and curl each piece using a curling iron or straightener. Douse the locks with hairspray, take it out from the ponytail, and brush it out. It’s my best glam look without having to go to the salon.
Let go of the makeup routine.
I gave up on makeup. I can’t do it, especially not winged eyeliner. I’m a basics only girl now. Moisturizer. A bit of concealer. Blush, Eyeliner. Mascara. Lip gloss. Done!
The end result of my simplified morning routine.
A calm relaxed morning, a comfortable outfit, wavy hair, easy makeup, a good breakfast and I’m out the door. This morning routine is about an hour long, and I'm not rushing or watching the clock.
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Hopefully some of these tips have helped! What’s your morning routine and how can you simplify it?