Hello SOTGC community!
As a medical resident, I can completely relate to the struggles and challenges that inevitably come along with having to get up early in the morning. I am too often that person who wakes up before the sun has the chance to catch up, the person who considers 7:30 a.m. “sleeping in.” Realistically speaking, no matter how much enthusiasm you have for the day ahead, getting up early can sometimes be a daunting task to say the least.
Thus, in light of this part of my “med-life,” I have developed some tricks to foster and inspire my inner “morning person” over the years. I hope in turn, my dearest readers, they make your own mornings a bit more enjoyable! Cheers to your new and improved inner “morning person”!
- Let the sun in – or at least turn on the lights!
If you are waking up with the sun, embrace every moment of its natural and energizing light – pull open your curtains, open your windows and patio doors! Once in a while, try eating your breakfast outside, basking in the rays of the morning sun. If you are sometimes in the unfortunate predicament of being caught in the middle of a Canadian February winter morning with no sun in sight (something I also experience first-hand on a yearly basis), at least turn on all the lights and still pull open your curtains to let in some natural light. Embracing your inner morning person means energizing yourself and making a dynamic start to your day – sunlight and natural light is part of the equation!
- Make breakfast a colorful and tasty indulgence!
Breakfast is extremely important for its nutritional properties, but can also be a great source of motivation for the day ahead. Start treating breakfast as an extra opportunity for gustatory indulgence. Fill your plate with things that make your body and mind happy! Bring color to your plate with fresh fruits, foster your creativity with innovative smoothies, try out new recipes for pancakes, French toast, and fun omelets! Take your breakfasts from monotonous to extraordinary!
- Switch up your breakfast setting!
Recently I started switching up where I eat my morning breakfast so I could overcome morning monotony by changing scenery! Some mornings I’ll eat breakfast in bed, feasting my eyes on the view of downtown from my bedroom window. Other mornings I opt to eat breakfast out on my balcony. There is always the option of the kitchen table too; by switching things up every morning things feel more special and less boring.
- Make yourself smile with the small things!
Try sprinkling some inspiration throughout your morning as a way to start your day off on the right track! I recently purchased a chalkboard for my kitchen where I write inspirational quotes and weekly goals to keep myself motivated. Even a fun coffee mug first thing in the morning can bring a smile to your face and an upbeat vibe to your day. The small things in life can culminate in the most happiness and make the biggest difference in our day! Find what makes you smile and make it part of your morning!
- Don’t try to be overly productive!
Waking up early and starting off your day in an inspired and motivated way, in and of itself, requires quite a bit of energy and work. In light of this, I have recently tried to come to terms with not trying to be overly productive during my morning routine and instead focusing on making it a fun and mindful part of my day. It may not be the best time to start answering emails, getting caught up on current world affairs, and doing your banking – you have the rest of the day to be your productive self. Take some time in the morning to simply enjoy the moment and harness your inner happiness. I recently started getting into the habit of also turning off the Wi-Fi and data on my smart phone before bed, as I would find myself waking up to a screen of notifications from social media and numerous emails. Instead, I now start my morning off with positive thoughts, a healthy breakfast, and a good novel if I have the time. I feel much less rushed and stressed with this small change.
- Turn on some music!
Everyone has different ways of getting “pumped up” and energized! I personally love music as a way to bring my energy level up and so I often make music part of my morning routine and morning commute to work. I tend to match the type of music I listen to, to the mood I am in and the type of day I anticipate having. Find what works for you and use it to your advantage to get the energy flowing!
- Set yourself up for success the night before!
Simplifying your morning routine and optimizing your “morning person” self often starts from the night before. I find that taking care of certain tasks from the night before, such as choosing my outfit, preparing my lunch, and packing my bag, really helps me enjoy my morning to a greater extent.
My dearest SOTGC community, how do you foster your inner “morning person”? How would you describe your typical morning routine? If this post resonated with you, share it with your friends, family, and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter!