One of the biggest ways you can set yourself up for success during the week is by working to perfect your morning & evening routine. It’s all about consistency, and knowing what makes you feel good! After all, when you wake up well-rested, relaxed, and have a plan for the day…it is so much easier to achieve your goals and just move through a more balanced day.
If you’re not a morning person, don’t worry – you’re not alone! So many people struggle to get up with energy in the morning. But guess what? You can make small changes to your morning & evening routine that will allow you to sleep better, feel more relaxed, and wake up more invigorated. While I know it’s going to be impossible for everyone to transition into a morning person, I want to share some tips on how you can feel better when you wake up. After all, waking up with energy will set the tone for the rest of your day, which will impact whether or not you’re able to reach your goals (ie. if you’re scrambling & late, you’ll likely miss your opportunity to work out and/or making unhealthy choices) . The idea here is to really create those healthy habits around an ideal morning routine & evening routine that will set you up for success.
Whatever you decide is the “ideal” routine for you, try to stay consistent with it whether it’s morning, evening or both. This way your body and mind can adjust, and in turn, know what to expect so that you can focus on what to tackle during your day.
Here are some tips on how to perfect your morning and evening routines:
- Don’t snooze the alarm: when you wake and snooze your alarm, it confuses your body’s internal clock and causes you to wake up later groggier than if you’d just hopped out of bed. Aim to wake up when you hear the alarm- even if you take your time & wake up slow. This is a game changer, and ultimately your body will start to get used to an ideal time to wake up.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day: Try to make a habit of getting into bed around the same time at night. It’s also important to wake up around the same time daily in order to best support your body’s natural sleep cycle.
- Ditch the screen time: Try to not watch tv or be on your phone/computer right before bed or when you wake up. The blue light can disrupt your sleep and the emails and whatnot can lead to a late start in the mornings. I suggest setting a daily alarm about an hour before when you want to go to sleep to remind you to put the phone away. Instead during that time, you can stretch, meditate, or exercise or journal to start and end your day!
- Plan ahead: If you struggle to get moving in the morning, take some time the night before to put out your clothes and anything else you’ll need for the day. This way when you do wake up you’ll be ready to go!
- Meal Prep: this one seems kind of obvious, right? Taking the time to prep your meals ahead of time can lead to really efficient mornings and evenings.
- Try Intermittent Fasting: This is an option that you can integrate into your daily routine as it typically will make you wake up feeling more sharp, clear headed, and focused. *Intermittent Fasting isn’t for everyone, so if this doesn’t work well for your body and lifestyle, don’t worry – you can skip it!
- Create a bedtime self care routine: This could include anything from a facial regime you might have, winding down with a book, journaling, exfoliating, jade rolling, etc. This ensures that you end your day feeling totally relaxed.
Having a solid routine can truly be the key to success when trying to achieve certain goals. What helps you maintain your perfect morning & evening routines?!