About two years ago, when I no longer had to get up at 7am six days a week, 40 weeks a year, I realised I loved mornings. In regaining control of how I started my days I noticed that there were many little things about mornings that I loved. I’d like to pass this little list of things on to you, in the hope that it will help you get through your mornings, whether they be 6am or 10am starts, by choice or obligation, for a hobby or a requirement.
one. Tired people are cute as heck. Bear with me here. There’s something about the drooping eyelids, the way people’s hands clasp coffee cups and wrap cardigans for warmth, how everyone’s voices are a little quieter and huskier than usual and how people’s faces look softer and puffier that makes many look cute as a button. There’s a cuddly quality to everyone’s newly awoken faces, morning layers and steaming paper cups, and I encourage you to admire it next time you’re out in the early hours.
two. Breakfast food is the best food. There is no other meal in the day where it is not only acceptable but encouraged to mix sweet and savoury, which is totally underrated. Have brunch. Make it a four course meal. Have granola with yoghurt and berries while you wait for your toast, have toast with pb&j, porridge with pecans and bananas and peanut butter, french toast, pancakes, blueberries, avocado, muffins, salmon, sausages, hollandaise sauce, cookie crisp cereal, eggs, coffee, tea, juice, more toast (with nutella). Have it all. Whether it’s just a bowl of cereal or your most elaborate meal of the day, enjoy breakfast. It wakes your mind and body up, helps you keep going through the morning and if you do it right, tastes absolutely incredible.
three. The sky looks magical. This I can guarantee – every day the sun will rise. Although waking up before it is one of the most painful things about a morning, watching the sunrise is one of my ultimate favourite things to do. A priceless, beautiful and speedy way to (literally) brighten up your morning. Take a moment. Stop in the middle of the street, watch the sky from the bus window, open your curtains as you get ready and watch the sun emerge from the edge of the world, over trees and roofs of buildings. I promise it’ll be worth it at least once.
four. If it’s an unusually early morning, you have an excuse to treat yourself. If you’re up earlier than you would be normally, you can tempt yourself with something that usually isn’t financially, healthily or feasible time-wise to help you get out of bed. Maybe get a take-out coffee made by someone who knows what they’re doing, cocoa pops instead of cornflakes, a hotter, longer shower, a moment longer in the warmth of your bed, a few more minutes meditating, skipping your workout, spending more time on the perfect eye make up, letting your hair and face have a break and going natural. Whatever it is that makes your earlier morning less daunting, do it.
five. It’s the beginning of the day. Obviously. But I let this fact remain totally underrated for the first 18 years of my life. Every day starts anew. It may be naïve to say that it is a completely fresh slate but it is not a understatement to say that sleeping on anything, whether it be a late-night argument or a looming deadline, will always allow you to reassess, relax and rethink. Be aware of the potential you have in front of you, the hours in the day, the things you could do differently. Never underestimate the power of a new habit, a reinvigorated energy to get something done or the potential held in the early hours of a day.
It’s a short list, but it has got me through many a morning since I moved out of my parent’s house and ceased having people around to force me out of bed and into the day. I hope that if you do struggle to get out of bed in the mornings, whatever it is that may make you want to stay in bed passes, that the feeling doesn’t overcome you. You will see today. And remember, some mornings just aren’t meant for falling in love with puffy-faced strangers and staring at the sun, never feel guilty for sleeping until your head and heart feel is enough. Wake up early tomorrow.