How to make the best of an early morning

Nobody likes mornings. Do they?

What, they do? Who are these people?

Let’s start again.

I don’t like mornings. I never have. My bed is my happy place, and I never get up any earlier than I have to. But I also hate the feeling of running late and having to sprint to the station and spend half the journey to work trying to get my breath back (yes, I’m that unfit).

Cat on my bed
My bed. Not my cat.
So, I’ve decided the answer is to make mornings happier. Because if I have to get out of bed – which I do, unfortunately, since they expect me to turn up to work on time – I might as well make the best of it. Right?

(This, by the way, is the start of a new blogging challenge, in which I attempt to make the best of a series of boring, annoying or frustrating stuff. Please feel free to send in your suggestions – more details at the bottom of this post.)

Now, let’s do this.

Don’t be fooled by bonus sleep

I’ve always been a great believer in the wonder that is bonus sleep (when you wake up earlier than you have to just for the luxury of knowing you don’t have to get up yet). But when the alarm gradually starts getting earlier, and eventually you’re losing an hour’s sleep by repeatedly hitting the snooze button, maybe it’s time to try the radical approach of getting up when the alarm goes off. Maybe.

Watch the sunrise

Maybe not at this time of year (because nobody needs to be up that early), but there’s a lot to be said for pausing on the way out the house to admire a beautiful sunrise. I know I bang on about sunsets, but I’m just as obsessed with sunrises – it’s only that I’m rarely about to see them.

Sunrise over Putney Bridge

Have a cup of tea

Because, if you’re anything like me, you don’t function properly till you’ve had a cup of tea (or coffee). With my current routine, the first cuppa I get is when I arrive at work; how I consistently make it there in one piece is a mystery.

Do some exercise

Yes, really. And that doesn’t have to mean going to the gym for an intense workout session. It could just mean a short walk or a light jog (if you’re into that kind of thing). Or removing the laundry hanging from the exercise bike in the living room. Just me? Oh.

Take a long shower (or bath)

I’ve got the five-minute shower down to a fine art these days, and as useful as that is when you’re running late, it’s much nicer to relax and take your time. And the shower’s a great place for singing like nobody’s listening. Which is the best kind of singing, in my opinion.

Read a book

Because reading makes everything better. And even though it doesn’t require a lot of effort, you’ll feel like you did something constructive with your morning, rather than hiding under the duvet, pretending it’s not really time to get up.

Books and chocolate

Check the news

No, not on Facebook; I mean the actual news. Turn on the TV or radio and see what’s been happening in the world since you went to bed. There might be something important – and even if there isn’t, at the very least you’ll know what the weather’s going to do today, which means you can choose appropriate shoes (always important; nobody wants to spend the day with soggy feet).

Talk to someone

If you don’t have a significant other to mumble at first thing in the morning, talk to the cat/dog/goldfish. No pet? Try and strike up conversation with that neighbour who lives upstairs and who you tend to avoid on the way to the train station so as not to have to make small talk (although, in your defence, he avoids you too). Or, if all else fails, an unsuspecting stranger, because it’ll be worth it just to see their shocked expression. And you never know, you might brighten their day too.

Take a different route

It gets pretty boring going the same way every morning. If you have to go to the same place each day, at least make the journey as interesting as you can by mixing it up. You could take a camera along, then start a blog about ‘how I got to work today’. Or something. I’m sure there’s an idea in there somewhere.

Write a ‘good morning’ song

Or just steal this one.

Good morning, everyone! Have a great day 🙂

Got an annoying or dull situation I can attempt to make the best of? Leave it in the comments, tweet me @lizzid82 or email theblogofhappythings@yahoo.co.uk. No super heavy stuff though, please!

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3 thoughts on “How to make the best of an early morning

    1. You’re so lucky! I’d love to be a morning person but I just can’t do it 😦 Sounds like you’re making great use of your mornings!

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