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I know some people do mornings, and do them well, but I’ve never been one to enjoy the before 9:00am time frame. When I lived in California, that might have been the only exception because the world I had known and still knew was always three hours ahead of us in the future. Also, and this is a big one, they didn’t have winter there! I didn’t know a life of rounding up snow boots & snow suits! I didn’t know what it was to reach for the car door and find it iced shut – with a cold steering wheel.
Ok, I knew all of that from growing up in New Jersey, but I didn’t know what it was like to do that with kids. It’s hard enough for me to wake up and get myself somewhere, but first, I have to get two kids to two separate places! On time is preferred!
I don’t know if you know this but we got SNOW here in Northampton – in October. Cassidy and I were both weary by the end of the day, because we had done school pickups and icy commutes home in SNOW! In October! We were already exhausted, two months before winter started. So I sat down and made a list of ways to make winter days better. It’s all in how they start. It’s about finding the bright side of the brightest time of the day. It’s about this festive time of year, and starting each day with a spot of magic or two. It’s about sharing in the light with loved ones and finding ways to feel warm and cozy. Comfort and joy!
10 Ways to Make Winter Wake-ups Easier:
1 – I’m starting with my favorite. It’s about connections first thing in the morning, but started the night before! Make sense? Well maybe it’s the writer in me, but I like to send out nice emails, e-cards, gifts, etc. the night before – especially when I’m up late – and then I actually look forward to the morning because that means my loved one is reading my words. And smiling!
2 – Have a drink right when you wake up. I mean it! Water. Water will stimulate the body and help you stay awake!
3 – Do something active. Maybe you’re the type to get up for a run. Maybe you can do a full-blown exercise routine every morning. Maybe it’s just a five minute warmup – or a dance party with your kids. Do something to MOVE!
4 – If you’re already planning a dance party, put on some great music. Music is scientifically and psychologically and all-around proven to help set and maintain our moods. Put on some power ballads or mellow music, or whatever gets you going.
5 – Take a shower as soon as you get out of bed. Not only will it help keep you warm (or hot), the water and the change in temperature will get your circulation going. I also use Peppermint Essential oil in the shower or right after.
6 – Hug someone. For at least 20 seconds, they say, but I say go over those 20 seconds! Heart to heart.
7 – Lights, camera, action. Whether it’s a simple act of opening the curtains, stepping outside, or even investing in an illuminating alarm clock that gradually lights up a room like a summer morning, I always use light to my best advantage.
8 – Have something to look forward to – and then count down to it. For us, it’s the holidays, of course, with advent calendars and the like. We also have an annual winter Florida trip and Des never lets us forget to count down to it!
9 – Preparation is key. Prep whatever you can the night before – whether it’s your outfit for the next morning, your breakfast, and of course – your morning coffee (see #10). You can also prep by getting the right amount of sleep!
Then, look for some awesome coffee creamers:
Back at home, make yourself a little coffee bar, or little coffee section, and find whatever it is to help you feel warm and cozy and comfortable during the holiday season, and all of winter. Make EVERY morning a celebration of coffee!
Not only is a self-coffee-celebration a good time, I think about the house guests – like my parents – who will be staying with us many times during the holiday season. I bought Simply Pure® Caramel Creamer and International Delight® Frosted Sugar Cookie with my mom in mind. Then, Folgers® Red Can Classic Roast is the ultimate picture of winter, winter mornings, the holidays, and holiday mornings. You can’t get better than this! Honestly! I look forward to it every morning.
Heading to Target this holiday season? Of course you are!