If you dream of the day you’ll spring out of bed and breeze out of the house in twenty minutes, you’re in luck! In this guide, we’ll bring you tried-and-tested tips and tricks to help you get up and get out without the drama.
Does the sound of your alarm send a shiver down your spine? You’re not alone! Waking up is a lot of people’s least favourite part of the day, particularly throughout the winter months, when the mornings are colder, darker, and altogether unappealing. If you’re waking up in the mornings feeling extremely groggy and unenergetic, however, there are some things that you can do to improve the start of your day.
When you’ve got your wakeup nailed down, it’s time to streamline your routine. With a little thought and preparation, it’s super-easy to cut down the steps you take towards skincare and beauty in the morning. We’ll get to that later – first thing’s first, here’s how to make waking up easier.
The benefits of waking up early
If you can start your day on a positive note, you’re more likely to have a great one. That’s why it’s so important that you can wake up and get ready without rushing around and getting stressed. Here are some of the benefits of waking up early:
- You’re more likely to eat breakfast, which we all know is the most important meal of the day!
- The morning is a great time to exercise when there aren’t any social commitments or excuses to get in the way. Your morning workout can help you feel energised all day long
- When you wake up early, you have a chance to switch on before you get to work
- You’ll have time to focus on tasks without interruptions, while the rest of the world is asleep
- If you wake up early, you’ll be sleepier when bedtime comes around again
How to wake up early in the morning
Lifestyle is the key to feeling fresh and energised in the morning. If you’re used to drinking alcohol or eating unhealthily right up until bedtime, your sleep cycle is likely to suffer. Not only might you be depriving yourself of a deep, restorative sleep, but you’re also less likely to enjoy waking up than you might if you changed your habits.
Try some of these lifestyle changes for increased energy levels in the morning:
- Stay hydrated – drink at least eight glasses of water a day to improve sleep quality and energy the next day
- Stop eating a few hours before bedtime. Late dinners and snacking can disrupt sleep, and leave you feeling groggy in the morning
- Avoid alcohol if you have an early morning ahead
- Avoid caffeine in the afternoon
- Stay away from your phone and laptop before bed. Blue light and over-stimulation can disrupt your sleep. Try reading or listening to a podcast instead
While some of these changes might not suit your lifestyle, making just a couple of them can work wonders for your sleep quality and how easy it is to wake up in the morning. Not to mention, these healthy lifestyle choices can improve your health and help you carry your morning energy right through the day.
Changing your lifestyle can make a huge difference when it comes to your sleep and overall energy levels. Still fighting to get out of bed? There’s more you can do if you live a clean life and you’re still struggling to wake up. Try out these techniques to make getting out of bed easier than ever:
- Keep to a consistent sleep schedule, particularly through your working week. Try to stick to a rough bedtime and wake time every day, and your body will be less surprised when your alarm rings in the morning
- Put out your clothes the night before to make the getting ready process easier
- Never hit snooze! When you press the snooze button, your body is tricked into thinking it’s about to fall back into a deep sleep, making it even more difficult to wake up ten minutes later
- Don’t check your phone while you’re still in bed. Get up, get ready, then enjoy your scroll – you’ve earnt it!
- Let more natural light get into your bedroom by keeping the blinds open or with the help of a sunrise alarm clock
- Find something that motivates you to get out of bed. Whether it’s an early workout, a walk with your dog or even just a breakfast you love, starting your day with something you enjoy can make all the difference
How to get ready quickly in the morning
You’re up, and you’ve made it to the bathroom. The hard part is over, now all that’s left to do is get ready for your day. Whether you’re pushed for time every morning or you’ve slept through your alarm and eaten into your getting-ready window, ensuring your morning routine is as stress-free and streamlined as possible can help make mornings happier.
Streamline your morning skincare routine
When it comes to cutting back your morning skincare routine, the key is the products you choose. Your morning routine should focus on cleansing and protection. Save your treatments, masks, and creams for evening, when you can really make the most of them. Keep it quick in the morning with these simple steps:
- Wash your face with a gentle cleanser
- Apply a moisturiser with sunscreen (one product is better than two!)
That’s all you need! Ensuring your face is clean and protected before you move onto your makeup can help cut back the time you spend getting ready and keep your skin clear of excess product.
Remember to move quickly. There’s no need to mess around while you perform your morning skincare routine, just get in and get it done – the whole process shouldn’t take longer than five minutes.
Streamline your daily makeup routine
The part of our morning routine that can take the longest is, of course, makeup. Whether you’re trying to cover a breakout or working on perfecting your signature cat-eye, some parts of the makeup routine can eat up time without you realising.
The best way to keep your morning makeup routine quick is to keep it simple. We love dramatic full coverage makeup as much as the next person, but when it comes to early mornings, we’d rather have an extra half-an-hour in bed than a perfectly blended eye. Try cutting your makeup routine back to these basics and see how much extra time you have in the mornings.
A natural-looking makeup routine for every day:
- Apply a sheer foundation or tinted moisturiser with your hands. This step should only take a couple of seconds
- Dab concealer under your eyes and on any blemishes, working the product in with your fingers.
- Apply cream blush to your cheeks and lips, targeting two birds with one stone!
- Add a swipe of mascara
- Comb through your eyebrows with a translucent or tinted gel
Of course, you might want to add or remove a couple of steps. The way you do your makeup is personal, we get it. This five-minute routine is just an example of how easy everyday makeup application can be!
Streamline your morning hairstyling routine
Hairstyling can be as quick or as lengthy as you want it to be. The trick is preparation and knowing what works and what doesn’t. If you know you’re going to want your curly hair smoothed down in the morning, consider styling it the night before. You can blow out your hair or run the straighteners over it before bed, then sleep with it in a soft, low bun or ponytail to hold the style.
Another great way to minimise your morning hairstyling is to nail a couple of easy styles that work for your hair. A quick bun, plait, or ponytail can disguise messy hair and should only take a couple of minutes with enough practice. It’s nice to style your hair properly sometimes, but keeping it simple means less heat damage and more relaxed mornings – win-win!
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