I’m not entirely sure that I’m fully qualified to write this post, as naturally I am a morning person. I like to get out of bed in the early hours of the morning (we’re talking 6, not like 4am!) and get some work done when I’m at my most productive. Perhaps, however, it’s my morning routine that helps to get my creative juices flowing in the early hours – I like to jump start my Sunday mornings so that I can have a productive day and make the most of the rest of the waking hours. So here are a few of my ‘morning hacks’ to make the most of your Sunday morning!
1. Wash your face as soon as you get up.
As soon as I step out of the bedroom, I’ll always go straight to the sink, splash cold water over my face and then cleanse to really refresh my skin. The cold water acts like a trigger to wake me up and get my body moving! I seriously suffer with puffy eyes so any products that give a cooling effect are a winner for early mornings, I’ve recently been popping my eye serum in the fridge so that it really tingles and wakes up my tired eyes. To give my skin an extra get-up-and-glow I’ll reach for a cooling mask to energise your skin as well as refreshing cucumber. It’s the perfect way to kick start your skin for the day!
2. Less Brewing More Doing!
Waiting for the kettle to boil is usually the time when the procrastination begins for me, i’ll be checking my Instagram and Twitter notifications and before I know it, I’m on the sofa, tea in hand and have already wasted a good chunk of the morning. As it gets warmer though it’s not just my skincare routing that’s been changing but also my brewing routine – a hot steaming brew is just not what I fancy on a warm morning. Bring on the café glacé! Recently though I’ve switched to the Vita Coco Cafe drinks; I pour myself a glass of the espresso/milky/coconutty drink which hydrates as well as gives you that boost of energy. I’ll usually pop one on my handbag and slurp on the way to work or the gym to feel more revitalised and ready to take on the day! (Oh and they have a Mocha version too… mmmm!)
3. Get moving with a morning workout
I always feel a million times better when I start the day with some high intensity exercise – I feel fresh and energised and always find myself being far more productive when the day has started a blood pumping class! My favourite at the moment (which you’ll already know if you follow me on Instagram and Snapchat!) is Psycle, the spin class like no other – where the 45 minute session gives you a full body workout, and the passionate instructors and epic soundtrack make you get the most out of the workout. I’m obsessed with starting the day with a Psycle class and try to fit at least one in per week. At the weekends when I like to stay closer to home, I’ll book myself in for a class with Virgin Active – from Body Combat to Power Plate classes, I find it so much easier to get motivated in the high energy sessions.
4. Get the ‘life stuff’ out of the way.
The weekend is meant for fun and freedom, not laundry and paying the bills so while you’re buzzing from the iced coffee, get the less-than-exciting tasks out of the way as soon as possible. I like to write myself a little to-do list and jot down what I want to achieve that day, then get the most boring chores out of the way first! It’s so satisfying to check things off the list and if you can find some cute stationary to help your organise yourself with then you might find it keeps you more motivated! My pretty notepad is filled with menial tasks but it’s just so pretty that I love flicking through the pages and completing my To-Do lists! Once that’s done, you can go on to do something more exciting!
5. Take a break from technology.
Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterst, they all so easily lure you away from anything productive. I can often find myself whiling away the hours and all I’ve done is pin some recipes that I know I’ll never make, and reading about how exciting everyone else’s afternoon was on Facebook. It seems ironic coming from a blogger, but putting my laptop away for a few hours really enhances my weekend. From small things to giving myself a lovely manicure which will last the week to come (I’ll be reviewing the Ciaté gel manicure set soon!) or doing some DIY, separating yourself from technology is a top way to impact your mood and help you make the most of your Sunday.
6. Plan something to look forward to.
If the morning’s activities have left you feeling a little worn out, then give yourself something to look forward to in the not-too-distant future. Whether it’s making plans for dinner with friends or planning a last minute holiday, if you have something to look forward to then the end of the weekend won’t seem quite so sad!
What are your tips for making the most of your Sunday?