5 Ways to Save 5 Minutes in the Morning
Morning beautiful! I’ve always been a night owl ~ I curl up on the couch or in my bed and dream up some of my most creative ideas at night. Brian’s usually sleeping and telling me to turn off the light from my phone or computer ;)
But in the last year I’ve been really focusing on my mornings. I’m constantly inspired by Karena’s morning routine. She gets up before Bobby, lights candles and her fireplace, and takes time to meditate, journal, and read her favorite inspiring books. Check out her full routine HERE! It’s GOALS!!
When I wake up, I scroll through your checkins first thing ~ you’re what motivates me to jump out of bed and get after it! After my Daily Workout and whipping up a Tone It Up Protein smoothie or a scramble, I’ve been setting aside a few minutes to journal and set my intentions for the day. I think about what I need for the day and what others in my life need from me ~ kindness, support, motivation, grace, whatever it may be. Since I started yoga teacher training, I also like to jot down ideas for inspiring affirmations (Karena and I are sharing some of our faves soon!).
When things are especially busy ~ like right now when we’re in total TOUR prep mode ~ it can be tough to set aside those extra few minutes in the morning. We totally get it. Just this week, I woke up one day thinking about a million TIU Tour ideas and to-dos and wanted to run right to my computer. I had to take a step back and remind myself that I will be much more creative and productive after my workout and mediation time. Never forget that when you prioritize yourself, you’re more present for the people around you.
To give myself some extra time in the morning, I have some tricks to save a few precious minutes. Trust me these will make your mornings so much easier and give you more time to devote to your gorgeous self ~ you deserve it!
If you’re anything like me, you can spend 10 minutes digging through your closet and deciding what to wear. Instead, I lay out my clothes and workout gear the night before and make sure all my favorite leggings, hats, and sneakers are front and center in my closet. I also pack my tote bag with everything I’ll need for the day so I can just grab it and go in the morning.
Smoothie ready ✓
I have a smoothie with Tone It Up Protein most mornings. I’ve been really into the Berry Cauliflower recipe lately! A little time-saving trick ~ you can get all your smoothie ingredients ready the night before and keep them in a mason jar in the fridge (or if you have a NutriBullet, you can put them in the container). Then all you need to do is blend in the morning! Your creation also blends more smoothly if it’s been in the fridge overnight.
And of course I have my lunches for the week meal prepped and ready to go! I just portion everything out and pack it the night before. Check out some of our go-to meal prep tips HERE!
I always start my day with espresso with a little almond milk. I like to freeze almond milk in ice cube trays so I can just add them to my coffee in the morning. That way my java won’t get watered down when I take it in a to-go cup on a walk or to the office!
I talked about this a little in your new Tour Lookbook…lately I’ve been trying out some heat-free hairstyles thanks to inspo from Kiki! This helps keep your hair strong and healthy and it saves major time in the morning. At night when my hair is still damp, I’ll put it in a loose french braid and sleep on it. When I wake up, I take it out and put our Beach Waves Sea Salt Spray and Dry Shampoo in. Then, if some front curls need to be touched up, wrap pieces around a low heat iron going away from your face. Spritz again with Sea Salt Spray and you’re ready to go!!
You can also experiment with different braids. My favorite is an easy fishtail you can do in minutes. Check out the video tutorial HERE!
Stop the snooze
Winni is all of us in the morning…
It’s soooo tempting to hit the snooze button and snuggle back under the covers with this guy! But here’s the thing: Research shows that people who hit snooze end up feeling more tired because after snoozing you fall back into your sleep cycle and get interrupted just as your deep sleep hormones kick in. This can leave you feeling groggy like…
Instead use those 9 minutes as “me time.” Once you’ve gone a week or so without hitting snooze, your body will get used to it and you’ll be so happy to have that time for you!
So instead of waking up like…
You’ll be feelin’ like…
And you’ll totally be the first pup ;)
Have a beautiful morning babe!!