5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better

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5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange

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I will be the first to say that I am not a morning person. I am almost 28 years old, and I still do not have the desire to wake with the sun. For the longest time I felt like a complete failure for not having this desire. Since I was a little thing, I loved staying up late and sleeping in late. Just ask my mom. Instead of making myself feel bad about not being a morning person, I have created ways to make waking at the crack of dawn more desirable. Lately we have been embracing slower mornings until we really feel bright enough to tackle our tasks. Today I am going to share 5 things that I have started doing to help make mornings better and less challenging.

See below for details on each one of the things we have added into our mornings to make them just that much better.

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange1. Begin with a good Stretch:
I learned from a friend who is a yoga instructor that you should always wake up and do 15 minutes of stretching. It helps stimulate your nervous system and muscles, which results in you becoming aware more quickly. After a long day of travel or a really tough workout, it shakes out any tension that settled into your body during sleep.

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange2. Make the Bed:
When I was young, I hated making my bed. Now I love beginning the day with this simple task. Sure it takes about 10 minutes, but there is something about the process of making my bed in the morning that makes me feel more put together. When I return to my bedroom at the end of the day and see the crisp bed, I feel a sense of accomplishment after a tough day. I can pull down the sheets, slide into my clean bed, and release my day. This feeling makes that 10 minutes in the morning 100% worth it.

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange3. Drink Warm Lemon water:
I started doing this when I was cleansing, and now I love beginning my day with this warm, simple drink. After 6-8 hours of no water, I always wake up parched. So, drinking water before I grab the coffee makes me remember the importance of hydration. It also keeps me from guzzling more coffee than I should.

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange4. Add Almond Milk into your daily smoothie:
Somedays when I want a little something extra in my smoothie I add Almond Milk. Though I love making my own, I don’t always have time with travel and work so I will usually pickup Silk Almond Milk that is unsweetened and without added flavor. It adds the just that little extra treat even though I am consuming a lot of antioxidants, greens, and protein, but goodness does it taste good.

What I put in my smoothie from the video:
1/2 cup Silk Almond Milk Unsweetened
1 tbsp fresh ground Almond butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 banana
1 cup wild organic blueberries
1 tbsp local wildflower honey
3 cups fresh spinach

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange5. Allow time for inspiration:
Mornings are not about emails and tasks to me. They are about putting on my game face to create great work. So, I love beginning my day by giving myself anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to find inspiration. Typically this is while I enjoy my smoothie and coffee (after my lemon water of course). I will look through Pinterest or Feedly to see what is happening in the world and what new trends are surfacing. I always walk away from that time ready to tackle the day’s tasks.

I would love to hear how each of you make your mornings better. What are your morning rituals? Do you do any of the things I do?

 

Thank you to Silk for sponsoring this post and asking us to share what makes our mornings better. The opinions and text are all mine.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hello! I’m Megan Gilger,

A strong believer that nature and the seasons are our greatest teachers. We live on a hill in Leelanau County, Michigan just a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan. This land we are responsible for is where we are focused on building a life around the seasons and intention. We spend our days here building a regenerative model of living and focusing our garden on native plants and intensive polyculture planting styles. My focus is less on self-sufficiency and more on community-sufficiency through how we grow and connect through the seasons.
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