The Morning Blues... The alarm goes off. You’re expected to jump out of bed, ready to face the new day, and eagerly handle whatever gets thrown at you, right?
But instead, you hit snooze a few times until you’re running late, you barely roll out of bed in time to get yourself and the kids dressed, fed, and out the door, and you spend the entire morning wishing you were…back in bed.
We’ve all been there. Mornings can be hard, and out of all the daily blues you encounter, morning blues can be the hardest to conquer. And Monday morning blues are the worst. If you don’t start your day out right, you run the risk of going through the entire day behind schedule, frazzled, and feeling low.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help boost yourself out of the doldrums. Here are 5 ways to beat your morning blues.
Part of the reason we don’t want to face mornings is that we might feel overwhelmed with what we have to do throughout the day. If you’re on a tight schedule, that stress can be multiplied. The only way to not dread the day is to plan for it. Look at everything that needs to be done, figure out the most logical way to complete everything, and stick to your plan to complete your tasks.
So, when should you do all this planning? Hint: not as you are trying to get out the door in the morning. You should take the time in advanceto do all of the planning. If you have a busy week, do your preparation on the weekend. If it’s one day out of the week, get everything in order the night before.
If you’ve prepared your plan, you should be good to go, right?
Unfortunately, no. We all know that even the best plans can go awry. Kids can get sick, traffic can be awful, people can be mean…life is just unpredictable.
You need to learn how to relax before, during, and after the mornings. If you let yourself get twisted up in snags, you’ll stress yourself out even more. And then you’ll find those blues again when you wake up the next day.
During the evenings, set time aside for yourself, even if it is only 15 minutes. Read a book, have a cup of tea, take a bubble bath that has your favorite scent…whatever you need to do to put yourself in a peaceful frame of mind that you can get a good night’s sleep.
In the morning, don’t hit that snooze button. In your plan, you should have figured out what time you need to be up so that you aren’t rushed. Stick. To. That. Time. Better yet, set it for 15-20 minutes earlier to give yourself a little “me time” before the craziness of the day kicks in.
While you’re in the car, put on music or soothing sounds (or if you commute, listen to them through your phone) that keep you relaxed. At the end of the day, before you start your evening ritual, allow yourself some grace to review any mistakes or issues that arose. Fix the things you can control and release the ones you can’t. Then do your “me time”.
If you’re a perpetual morning blues person, the above items can really go a long way to helping you through your daily schedule. If you have a routine that you can stick to regardless (I’m referring to the evening and morning “rituals”) it will be that much easier to handle the unexpected things that come up during the day.
Remember, part of the reason we get the morning blues is that we worry and are dreading what the day will bring. My advice is to try to stop worrying as much as you can. The less you worry the more energy you will have to focus on whatever might come up during the day with clarity and decisiveness.
All the things I’ve mentioned are proactive to put you in the best possible position to tackle the morning. But even if you have those things in place, you can still feel low. So, think about how you feel when someone does something nice for you. Makes you feel better, right? How about when you give someone the perfect gift and they’re thrilled with it? Still feels good.
Take the time to do something nice for someone else. Bring a co-worker a cup of coffee, help a mom who is new to the school with the drop-off protocol, or let someone merge in traffic instead of blocking them out.
Simply doing something nice can put you in a much better frame of mind. If it’s something you can plan for (a birthday or special occasion), getting excited about it can also help beat the blues.
Hopefully, these five ways to beat your morning blues help set you off on the right foot. But taking a few minutes to be thankful can be a great way to be positive about the morning.
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