As a full-time student with a job, internship, study abroad application, and internship recruiting, you could say my schedule can get pretty full and I am always looking for easy ways to decrease the amount of accumulated stress. One of the biggest stressors in life is always the small nitty-gritty things – the little tasks that no one wants to do and therefore get put off and then slowly accumulate until you are drowning in them (maybe literally).
One of my favorite motivational and inspirational websites is PureWow, with content ranging from lifestyle and fashion to food recipes. While reading my daily dose, I came across this article that has little tips of tasks you can accomplish right before you go to bed that will help decrease the amount of stress (and time!) it takes you to get ready in the morning. Those extra 10-20 minutes in the morning can become a time for some relaxation breathing exercises or another reason to hit the snooze button. Either way, I can guarantee you will be happy come morning!
Easy Things You Can Do at Night to Make Mornings Less Stressful
Rise, shine, repeat
We never really got the whole “early bird gets the worm thing” thing. (Who wants a worm when you could be sleeping?) That is until we realized a little evening prep work could yield a pretty painless–even pleasant–morning. Read and learn, folks.
MAKE OVERNIGHT OATS
Don’t settle for some rushed bowl of processed cereal that will cause you to crash at, like 10:30 a.m. Before you go to bed each evening, take five minutes to combine rolled oats, milk, fruit, nuts, honey and the like. Let it refrigerate overnight and you’ll wake up to a hearty, ready-to-eat breakfast.
AND PACK LUNCH WHILE YOU’RE AT IT
Even if it’s just separating sandwich elements into little baggies (or segmented Tupperware) to assemble later at work, you’ll be glad to shave off those precious morning minutes.
HAVE A GLASS OF FRESH WATER ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
Nutritionists often say that drinking water first thing kick-starts your metabolism for the day. If you wait to pour it in the morning, you’re almost guaranteed to skip it and go straight for the coffee.
SET A TIMER ON YOUR COFFEEPOT
But then, of course: coffee. We’re #blessed to live in a time when you can automate appliances and have the smell of a fresh brew rouse you from bed. Guarantee you won’t regret the investment.
OPEN THE CURTAINS
Who says you have to draw the shades shut when it’s pitch black? Waking up to darkness is infinitely less pleasant than waking up to natural light. Sing it with us now: Let the sunshine in.
LAY OUT YOUR WORKOUT CLOTHES NEXT TO THE BED
Whether you’re a pre- or post-work exerciser (the debate never ends), at least your sneakers (or gym bag for later) are two less things you have to groggily search out.
HAVE THREE POTENTIAL OUTFITS IRONED AND READY
A lot of people will tell you to always pick out what you’ll wear the next day. But who wakes up trusting yesterday’s mood? A compromise: Pick out a few ensembles that you could choose from. Whether it’s the night before or the Sunday before, spend a little time ironing or steaming some options. That way, you have easy access but with flexibility. Then anything you don’t wear that day is in consideration for tomorrow.
No one likes to start their day hurdling over piles of laundry. Take a few minutes to empty the sink, wipe down counters and clear your floor space before hitting the hay.