Ah, Monday morning syndrome, when cosy weekend memories and the warmth of your bed hold you hostage. As the winter draws near, bed becomes harder and harder to leave. So, I thought it was the right time to spin up a little something on morning motivation so we can all encourage ourselves out of bed on those dark, chilly-floored mornings.
“The morning was full of sunlight and hope.”- Kate Chopin
Do something to shake your body awake
Not everyone’s a lover of morning exercise (myself included!) but doing something to move your body can be a really great way to start your day. It doesn’t have to be a full workout, this can be anything from a morning walk, to stretching, exercise, a dance party, anything that’s going to get your body moving. This physical movement releases all the yummy chemicals in your body – serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine – that’ll boost your mood and get you ready for the rest of your day. Equally, exercise can boost your productivity (it’s been seen to increase productivity by 21%!), which leaves you raring to crack on with whatever you have planned.
Do something you love
As I always say with creating any routine, make sure to include something (or somethingssss) you love included in your morning routine. Especially in the morning, knowing we’ll be dedicating some time to ourselves and the things we love doing can give us that much-needed pull to leave our beds. Equally, having done something you love, getting into work will be an easier transition once you feel like you’ve had some time to yourself and you’re not just waking and working straight away. Doing something you love gives you something positive to focus on and a wealth of positive emotions to start your day with. It’s a small, subtle reminder for one of the reasons why you’re in love with life and if that’s not a motivation booster, I don’t know what is.
Connect to something
This is soooo so important. This is something I’ve been practising lately and it’s made a real difference to the start of my day. For me, my biggest source of connection to the world, to life, to life force, is my environment. Nature, light, air, inside, outside – be it city or country. Either taking a quick walk outside, tidying my room, opening the curtains, sitting on the patio with a coffee or reading a quick chapter sitting on an open windowsill makes me ridiculously happy and motivated. Surrounding myself with space, with air, with plants and the general energetic, but graceful energy of the world is where I find my stillness, my peace and my motivation to dive headfirst into life.
For others, this’ll be interaction with people, movement, bodily senses, anything that triggers your own sense of peace and quiet wonderment of life. Do something to help you connect with life and fall in love with it.
Take a look through your to-do list
When it reaches the work portion of my day, the first thing I like to do is take a look through my to-do list and see what I’ve got going on for the day. I love my job, so honestly, whatever my to-do list includes I can get excited about, but if I’m looking at a particularly rough day ahead, I’ll make sure to add in some fun things to do throughout the day/after work. Sometimes I even note down what I’m planning on having for lunch as a little motivation boost.
I think this habit is really helpful because it doesn’t just generally make you motivated, it makes you motivated specifically for the things you’ll be doing on that day and having that targeted motivation is like… super motivation. So when you get to that activity, you’re already up for it.
Have enough time
Having a morning that’s stressful and rushed can be pretty unmotivating. You arrive at work flustered and already prepared to call the day quits. So, make sure to give yourself enough time in your morning to get fit everything in and to give yourself a bit of wiggle room too. To help with this, prepare anything you can the night before to give you as much time as possible and to make those mornings when you’re running late a little less stressful.
Have a soundtrack
I always forget how much I love music in the morning. I’ve said in a million posts a million times before that I’m a person who’s very affected by my environment and music for me is such an easy way to change how a space or a morning feels. I like my outside to reflect how my insides are feeling so if I can find a soundtrack that finds that in the morning, then I feel more aligned and this really boosts my motivation.
Have a tidy up
This might just be me, but I hate leaving my room in a mess when I leave in the morning and I hate returning to a messy room at the end of the day. So leave yourself enough time in the morning to do a quick clear up of anything from the morning or the night before before you leave. It’ll stop piles building up (because let’s face it, you’re going to be too tired after your day to do it) and keeps you place clean. A clean space is a clean mind.
Do something extra for yourself
I don’t dress up or wear makeup every day, but I always make sure I’m wearing whatever makes me feel good on that day – sometimes that’s cute workout clothes, sometimes it’s giant jumpers and sweats, sometimes it’s a killer outfit. It changes on the daily, but I always make sure to give myself time to decide and choose, to pick some jewellery and remember perfume rather than grabbing the nearest items of clothing and running out the house. Again, this is probably my mirrored inside outside feeling, but I think putting some thought into what you feel like wearing and doing that is a great way to feel yourself and feel like you’re taking care of yourself – a hell of a motivation boost if you ask me.
Unfortunately, none of these things will guarantee you a good day, but they’ll help you put your best foot forward, to take some time for you and do something you love, so no matter how the rest of your day goes, you’re left with the memory of a pleasant morning.
Wishing you a million happy mornings (especially Mondays). Love, Ella-Rose xx