Waking up leisurely and slowly getting ready for the day feels great but lets face it, its not achievable for the vast majority of us. If you're in the not a morning person camp like me then you'll probably find getting ready for the day a bit of a chore and its quite hard to head out of the door with a positive outlook when you're still wiping sleep from your eyes and wishing you'd had another five minutes.
Starting your day thinking positively is very important and over the years, I've learned that it can really set you on the right path for the day ahead. While I have quite a dynamic career that makes every day different, I'm nearly always in a rush in the mornings but my quest to remain on the positivity band waggon has forced me to develop a morning routine that really enables me to get ready quickly and stay thinking positively in the mornings.
For days when I need to be up and out by 8AM, it all starts the night before...
1. Wash Hair & Body Moisturise at Night
Taking a shower or bath at night saves me so much time as my hair is already washed and dried, ready for styling in the morning. In theory, this process actually takes the same amount of time but I'd rather have an extra half an hour in bed than be blowdrying my hair and 7.30AM.
I moisturise my body using an oil or body butter at night too, again to avoid faffing about in the morning and it sinks in over night, leaving my skin soft and supple when I wake up.
2. Make Breakfast The Night Before
Another thing that I tend to do at night is to make my breakfast. I've been so bad at eating breakfast over the years as if truth be told, I'm not really a fan of it. Plus, I often take medication that makes me feel quite sick first thing on a morning.
If I need to be up and out the next day before 8AM then I'll make my brekkie the night before and take it with me. I simply combine 40g of oats with a grated apple, natural yoghurt, almond milk and berries in a Kilner jar and I'll leave it in the fridge over night. Sometimes if the berries are a little tart then I'll add some Sweet Freedom in there too.
This is a breakfast called Overnight Oats and I find it to be really filling. While I do prefer warm food, this is a really tasty breakfast that I can take with me on the go as you can enjoy it straight from the jar.
If I've had to leave the house really early to avoid the rush hour traffic then i'll often have time to eat it in the car before my meetings!
3. Have A Wardrobe of Staples
Some people suggest laying out your clothes for school or work the night before and I've tried doing that but in reality, I'm far more of a grab and go person. To make this easier, I have a wardrobe of staple pieces that I can wear together to create lots of different outfits and I try to start the week with a freshly ironed wardrobe so that I don't have to worry about what to wear all week.
For years, I had lots of outfits, but not staple bits that combined well with one another whereas now, I can open my wardrobe and easily find a top, pair of trousers and a jacket that all go together. What you wear is largely dependent on your job but for me, I'm pretty flexible as long as I look smart. I'll generally wear something like the outfit above but I'll switch out my clutch for my Mulberry Bayswater.
4. Bag Pack The Night Before
The one style/outfit prep that I do the night before is to pack my bag so that I'm not running about the house in a mad panic looking for a file the next morning.
I generally use my Bayswater Tote as a work bag because it can fit all of my essentials inside from my laptop and notebook to my camera and purse.
5. Wake Up Gently
I use a Lumie Bodyclock Alarm to gently wake me up in the mornings. It does have an alarm sound on it but because the daylight gentley increases in intensity for half an hour before the time that I have set my alarm to go off, I usually wake up naturally and am able to switch it off a few minutes before the radio is blasted out at full belt. No matter how little sleep I get, the SAD light getting brighter is a much more natural, gentle and welcome way of waking up.
6. Basic Stretching and Skincare
As soon as I'm awake, I head straight into the bathroom and pop on the hot tap. While I'm waiting for the water to come through warm, I'll do a few basic stretches which is something new that I started doing this year and I find that it really does wake me up. I'm not sure if there's anything in that but it certainly makes me feel that way!
If I had some extra time, I'd have a quick shower to wake me up but most mornings, I admittedly don't. Instead, I will quickly cleanse my skin and then splash my face with cool water which really helps to make me feel more alert and then I apply an eye cream and light moisturiser. Nothing too fancy, just whatever I'm trying out at the time that sinks in quickly.
I'll then brush my teeth. There's something about mint thats very awakening!
7. Keep Moving
Over the last couple of months, I've been trying out something different in the mornings and that's keeping moving with gentle fasted cardio before breakfast.
I do have some more traditional workout videos/routines that I've been trying out for mornings where I have more time which I'll cover in another post but when I need to be out quickly, I simply moved around more while I'm getting ready. I'll jog or dance about on the spot while I'm brushing my teeth and heading into the kitchen, etc basically anything thats going to get my heart rate up a bit which I find wakes me up more and burns a few extra calories.
Plus dancing about is fun and makes me happy which gets my mind into a positive space for the day.
8. Hydrate First Thing & Be Mindful
I'll always have a glass of water first thing in the morning. While my skin care is settling into my skin, I'll dance on through into the kitchen, flip on the kettle and pour myself a glass of chilled water from my Brita Filter in the fridge.
While the kettle is boiling, I usually take the time to fill out my Happiness Planner. I started something similar to this last year using a different productivity and positivity journal and found that it really helped me with my anxiety and worry.
This year, I made the switch over to the Happiness Planner. Its a really good way of consciously being grateful for what you have already, for the success you've achieved so far and to inspire you for the day ahead.
Taking just a couple of moments to be mindful in the morning really helps me to have a more positive out and to feel as though I have a structure for what I want to achieve that day. I only set myself one or two goals though as I am someone who is easily overwhelmed.
When the kettle has boiled, I'll pour the hot water into whichever travel mug I'm using that day. I'll either have hot lemon with water or a herbal/fruit tea. I'm not too big on coffee if I don't have something on my stomach. I like to take my cup in the car with me to drink while I'm on the go.
9. Keep Beauty to a Minimum
For work days, I like to keep beauty to a minimum. My aim is to look put together but natural. I used to get ready while watching Youtube videos but I found that I actually took longer to get ready so now I'll put on my favourite music (at the moment its the Little Mix Glory Days album) and try to do my makeup and hair in two songs. The beat helps me to speed up and go faster!
For makeup, I simply apply my SPF and foundation, some mascara and brow powder, a little bronzer to sculpt my face and I slick on some of my Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil.
10. Refresh Your Hair
For mornings when you need to be out of the door quickly, Batiste is your bestie.
I use dry shampoo everyday, even if I've washed my hair the night before as I have such oily roots. Batiste does a great job at refreshing my hair and giving it some texture on days where I have freshly washed hair and on second or third day hair, it soaks up the oil and makes it look fresh and volumised. I'll use any of the different scents but the one that I've been using most recently is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Bare which has a really natural, light scent. It stops my hair from looking greasy in a few seconds flat and it leaves a fresh scent that isn't too overpowering.
Since the ends of my hair are far drier than the root, I tend to spritz a quick conditioning mist or run a hair oil through the lengths and ends of my hair. A great one that's really affordable is the Batiste Instant Conditioner as, while I don't like the scent of it, it does a great job at smoothing the ends of my hair, taming frizz and adding a light, natural shine to my locks. It is great for second or third day hair when my hair could really do with a blowdry but I just don't have the time!
The result of using these two together is a textured, style that's smoothed and healthy on the ends. The products take seconds to apply and I can either brush through my hair, tie it up for a volumised ponytail or pop it up into a bun. Either way, my hair looks like I've spent more time on it than I actually have which is always a great thing!
Heading out of the door, I feel put together, happy and have a positive outlook on the day ahead, all in about 30 minutes flat!
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What are your tips for getting ready quickly in the mornings?