I have always been a sucker for those sweet, simple mornings. The ones that start with the light sun streaming into your bedroom, coffee, a verse from the bible, and sometimes a sweet song playing softly in the background.
Because of mornings like this, I've always enjoyed waking up a little earlier than most.
The trouble is, I sleep like a rock. Also, I'm in college. So... oftentimes going to bed by midnight is something to be proud of. But, while adjusting to busy schedule, I've picked up on some useful tricks to bring back those sweet morns.
1. Relax before bed
Don't spend the last 30 mins of your day scrolling through Instagram! Trust me, that's what I used to do every night, and it's bad for everyone involved (which, granted, is just you).
Instead, take that half hour and do something intentional to wind down. Listen to rainfall (real or automated is acceptable), read a half-way interesting book (the super cool ones will probably keep you up all night - let's be real), or focus on your breathing. There are so many possibilities!
Right now, my relaxation of choice is watching AMSR, but that is somewhat of a controversial choice. In case you are interested, I highly recommend Gentle Whispering. She is far and away my favorite ASMR Youtuber! (Disclaimer: I was advised by my chief advisor to not include this in my blog, so I'm sorry if any of you are violently opposed. But alas, I maintain my position.)
2. Fuel Up
I'm a strong believer in drinking water semi-constantly, and that habit has served me well in the mornings. After no water for 8 hours or so, a lot of times what your body needs to activate itself is a glass or two of some lemon water (ps none of that is scientific so don't quote me on it, but it just feels right, doesn’t it?).
Breakfast is also a fantastic way to jumpstart your day - it gives you a reason to wake up, first of all, and provides a welcome boost of energy early in the morning.
3. Get Outside
Oftentimes, just taking a quick walk, or even stepping outside to check the temperature, makes each morning feel lovelier. Being able to step outside and feel the fresh air as you're beginning to wake up tends to be far more rejuvenating than slumping around your bedroom in a daze, which is generally my habit.
One of my favorite places to be are gardens, like this gorgeous area in Lakeland, called Hollis gardens. Gardens and flowers just make days better, don't they?
And like me, you don't have super easy access to gardens, perhaps planting flowers to tend to can create a similar feeling. In any case, growing flowers is super fun, so it can't hurt!
Hope this helps you cultivate your version of a sweet, simple morning!
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