This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Seattle’s Best Coffee. All opinions are 100% mine.
Even if you’re naturally a night owl, you can still be a morning person with these five simple tricks to start your day the right way. You might even love it!
5 Ways to Be a Morning Person (When You’re Not)
I’ll come right out and say it — I am not a morning person. I like sleep! I love my mattress! That’s where I want to be when it’s still dark outside!
However, when you’re a mom you’re often out of bed pretty early in the morning, especially during the school year.
You’ve got to learn to be a morning person (or at least functional), even if you’re normally not.
1. Prepare everything the night before
The number one way to make mornings easier is to do all the “hard” work the night before. That way you can simply wake up, get dressed, eat, and be on your way — stress free!
The night before the first day of school is extra important, so we make it a special occasion. We pick out a first day of school outfit and shoes, pack all our new supplies into the new backpack, and get lunches ready.
One of our school morning traditions is that I write my oldest daughter a note and tuck it into her lunchbox — from jokes to positive quotes. Some mornings when I’m especially tired or not feeling as creative, I reach into my “best day kit” that Seattle’s Best Coffee sent me for one of their ready-made lunchbox notes. So cute and ready-to-go!
Seattle’s Best Coffee understands that parents sometimes need a little help to make the first day of school the best day of school. That’s why they created the Best Day List that’s packed with ideas and activities, from lunchbox notes to recipes to conversation starters.
Related: Check out the Best Day List to download your own free printable lunchbox notes and more fun activities!
2. Set a singing alarm
We started this morning hack years ago and it works like a charm! When waking up my girls, I put on our family playlist — our go-to “jams” that are guaranteed to get a smile.
It works for parents too! Instead of a normal alarm chime, set your phone to play one of your favorite songs instead. It’s just about impossible to be grumpy when hearing feel-good music!
3. Make time for the most important meal of the day
I know quite a few people who skip breakfast, but experts say it’s actually the most important meal of the day.
Eating breakfast offers both immediate and long-term benefits:
- Kick-starts your metabolism out of the “resting” phase from sleeping
- Provides lasting energy for the day ahead
- Improves memory and concentration
- Lowers bad cholesterol
- May help prevent some diseases and weight gain
Meal-prepping and making breakfasts on Sunday night for the week ahead is one way our family makes sure we always have a nutritious breakfast available.
Related: Two of our favorite make-ahead breakfasts are Sausage & Egg Breakfast “Muffins” and Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls. You can also find family breakfast recipes HERE on the Best Day List from Seattle’s Best Coffee.
4. Coffee, lots of coffee
Coffee for me isn’t a crutch, it is a joy! I savor my first cup of coffee and drink it as slowly as possible to enjoy every last drop. And then I pour another!
I love Seattle’s Best Coffee® because it costs less than many “premium” brands, but tastes like coffee shop quality! (And who doesn’t love to save a little green after you’ve just bought brand new fall clothes and a full list of school supplies?)
On busy mornings, I pop a Seattle’s Best K-cup in my machine and I’ve got a piping hot mug of amazingness in my hands in seconds.
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Every morning before we head out the door we take time to stretch and fully wake up our bodies and minds.
We do a morning yoga routine — it’s about 5 minutes but it does wonders to loosen joints stiff from sleep and get the blood pumping. Both of my daughters love and look forward to our morning stretches, and delight in embellishing the movements.
The surprising thing is…
When I take the time to make my mornings successful, I find that I actually like being awake and getting things done early. It’s such an awesome feeling when you’re not scrambling in the afternoon to finish chores and things because you’ve already done them.
Maybe I’ll be a morning person yet! If you try these tricks, you might just surprise yourself too!