Becoming A Morning Person – 5 Of The BEST Ways

Hands up who despises the sound of your alarm in the morning? I’m guessing the majority of you have your hands up right now (or at least you’re thinking about it). The thought of getting out of your cosy bed and dragging yourself to the bathroom (after snoozing your alarm of course), only to rush around trying to get out of the house to work before your boss notices you’re 20 minutes late. Shit. Sound familiar? Or maybe you just kept snoozing your alarm and realised it’s now past noon, and that’s your whole morning lost. You then spend the rest of the day catching up and rushing around trying to get started on your never ending to-do list. Trust me – I know the exact feeling because I was exactly like this a few years ago. A night owl. I’d stay up late at night, and then sleep in until midday – only to find myself feeling grumpy, unproductive and unmotivated. I felt like I’d lost most of my day and didn’t feel like I wanted to tackle anything too hard. Of course – the sleeping in until midday disappeared when I started working full time, but I still despised mornings. 

 

I then decided I wanted to be one of those people who loved mornings – up early and ready to tackle my day with whatever it threw at me. I wanted to enjoy mornings and really make the most out of each day. And you know what? It IS possible to become a morning person (if you want to of course), and not only that but to love your mornings too. 

A few of the little reasons why I love my early mornings:

The calmness you feel. Not many other people are awake, you have some time to reflect on what your day is going to be like and are able to plan on what you want to achieve. You also have time to think about any stressful thoughts you might have had from the day before – everything seems better after you’ve slept on it – and you can spend this time planning on how to overcome that.

No rushing around. You know you have time in the mornings to relax a little before your busy day starts. You can sit down and enjoy breakfast, you avoid any major traffic on the way to work because you’re travelling earlier than everyone else, and you have time when you eventually get to work to plan your day ahead. Or if it’s not work, you can start planning your housework/any task you have to do that day without rushing.

The little things really help. Having the time to make your bed in the morning really helps with making you feel like you’ve already accomplished something before you even leave the house. Hearing the birds when you wake up can do so much good for your mood. Being able to just grab your bag and go without any last minute dashes help avoid that panic and stress that you might have forgotten something.

So what are the ways that helped me become a morning person? It takes some serious determination, and you have to really want it to make it your regular routine – but for me it has helped me become so much more productive and motivated.

Getting enough rest & waking up at the same time

Of course, the first obvious step is to get a good night’s rest before you even consider waking up early on a morning. Sleeping at 3am and waking up again at 5:30am ain’t working for anyone. Getting a good nights sleep is so important – but that’s a whole other post ey? Anyway, get yourself to bed early and leave those long Netflix sessions for the weekend. Also – it helps to wake up at more or less the same time everyday. Meaning if you have an alarm for 6am for work, to help you get into the routine, set that for your weekend too. For me, I found once I was in the routine, I couldn’t allow myself to stay sleeping past 7am on a weekend. My mind was always just buzzing to get up and get stuff done.

No snoozing – and no flipping through your phone.

 

This is probably the hardest thing you’re going to tackle guys. It’s so hard to not snooze your alarm when it first goes off. But you need to have sheer determination to get yourself out of bed at the first ring of the alarm. Another thing is to not start scrolling through your phone – leave that for when you’re having your breakfast. Checking your phone is one of the biggest time wasters in the morning, you tell me how it always ends up being half an hour hour when you thought it was only 10 minutes?

Have something to look forward to to help motivate you out of bed

The one thing I always look forward to in the morning which gets me out of bed is the variety of Lush shower gels I have to choose from when I have my shower. A bit sad I know – but hey it works for me. Also – showering in the morning is the best thing ever if you want to feel awake straight away. Trust me, I’m like a whole new person after my shower. You could try having an exciting breakfast, a new skincare product or some makeup to use, a new outfit .. it doesn’t have to be major. Just something to make you that little bit more excited to get your ass out of bed. 

Make time for your breakfast

 

I’m gonna go ahead and say the most cheesiest line that you know couldn’t be avoided in a post like this – but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So take the time out to sit down and have something you enjoy. Also – help save some work in the morning by prepping stuff the night before. I was obsessed with overnight oats, however since being pregnant I’ve COMPLETELY gone off them! So I always tend to have some toast with fruit in the morning. Other good ideas that you could prepare the night before is some chopped fruit that you could then add yoghurt to in the morning, get some fruit/veg together to blitz up a smoothie, or even bake some of those fancy breakfast muffins the night before. I’m considering doing a whole post on breakfast foods if you guys fancy that – holla at me. Also use THIS time to sit and catch up on your phone – this is when I tend to have a scroll through my Instagram.

Prepare for your morning

Last but not least – get as prepared as possible the night before. Things like going to sleep in a tidy room, having your outfit sorted/ironed the night before, preparing your bag and having your lunch ready will all help make it easier to wake up in the morning and get going. You know all those morning tasks are done and you can just focus on getting ready, having some food and getting on with your day.

There you have it – some ideas that hopefully will make even the biggest night owls consider giving mornings a go. Hey, they’re not all that bad, and I can say from personal experience that I get SO much done in the morning, and also feel so prepared to tackle the harder tasks first thing too. My days are more productive and I feel like I’ve already accomplished things before I’ve even left the house.

That’s all for now folks – hope this helps some of ya and you’ve enjoyed reading. I’m now off to tackle my laundry and then hunt down this Makeup Revolution concealer. IT WILL BE MINE.

Lotsa love,

Saira xxxx

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My 2018 Blog Goals (& honest chat)

   Well hello there – and a happy new year to you all! I know I’m a little bit late on the whole 2018 posts but hey, I do have a reason.. plus better late than ever ey? So, here’s my reason: on the run up to the New Year, more or less everyone in my house had the sickness bug, and no matter how hard I tried to avoid it, it hit me at 2AM on New Years Day. I even missed the London midnight fireworks (which I have NEVER missed – cries). My biggest worry was of course my little bubba and if everything would be OK with me vomming non stop. Thankfully, bubs has been kicking around A LOT in there and didn’t seem phased by it, so I’d say I’m pretty relaxed that everything is good. Also – I had a midwife appointment today and she confirmed everything was cushty. I just made sure I had a HELL of a lot of water and plenty of rest.

Originally, I didn’t actually plan on doing a reflections/goals for 2018 post – I did my little ‘2017 review ‘ on Instagram (which FYI I was obsessed with watching everyone’s!), and thought that would be it. But then I read a lot of other bloggers posts, and naturally became inspired to do my own. I mean, 2017 has been a huge year for me, mostly on a personal level (ahem, found out I was pregnant) but also blog wise. I upped my photography game massively and plan to carry on with this by *hopefully* investing in a new lens for my camera. I finally visited Amsterdam and fell in LOVE with the place, as well as visiting so many beautiful places in the UK. I got my first paid opportunities with my blog which was SUCH an achievement for me, and got to work with some amazing brands too. Deep down though, I know that I didn’t invest anywhere near as much time into my blog as I’d wanted to. I think I went almost 2 months at one point without putting up a post… and sure I was busy because I work full time, but it was also because I just couldn’t be bothered and wasn’t motivated (there, I said it). I also spent a hell of a lot of time comparing myself to others and thinking my blog just wasn’t good enough – but at the same time I wasn’t helping myself either, I just let it get to me but didn’t actually do anything about it. In 2018 I really want to up my game – both for my blog and Instagram. I’ve always been a believer that hard work gets you to where you want to be, and I’ve seen that with so many of my blogging friends who are smashing their goals because they work their asses off.  

 And that’s how I plan on doing the same with my blog – I’m going to *finally* invest in buying my own domain and personalising my blog so it’s my own little space that I have full control over. I’m going to make the effort in the evenings and weekends to write posts instead of watching re-runs of Friends and slobbing around on the sofa (although there is nothing wrong with this every now and again ladies & gents). I also want to start commenting on blogs again – this is something that really went down the drain for me in 2017. I just stopped commenting on posts – and I think this massively impacted my inspiration and motivation to blog. I am going to make a massive effort to read more blogs again – because it’s something that I absolutely LOVE doing, and there is nothing better than seeing the hard work other bloggers put into their posts to help inspire you to. I also plan on putting out some interior posts too – I LOVE seeing little snippets of people’s rooms/living areas/kitchens etc – so really want to introduce some interior to my blog! Not to mention I will have a whole nursery to share with you soon (eeeek!).

Of course – this year I will also become a MOMMA (omg still hasn’t quite sunk in), so of course I will be planning some pregnancy/new mum posts which I am SO excited for! More on this in a separate post though 🙂

And lastly – let’s talk about Instagram. The thing that we all hate right now but are all so determined to make work because we are wishing HARD that Instagram do us all a favour and fix up soon. I know it’s the biggest pain in the ass but it is probably still one of my fave social media platforms to use. And in 2018 I really want to up my game on Insta too – I don’t want to put a number on how many followers I want, I just want a feed that I love to look at and know that I am doing everything I can to grow my Instagram organically. And can we PLEASE say goodbye to the follow/unfollow game?

 

And that’s my round up of where I want my blog to go this year – I really want to make 2018 the year I fall in love with my blog again and be proud of the posts I put out there. If you’ve done a post on your goals for 2018 – let me know because I want to have a read!

Lots of love,

Saira xxx