6 Ways to Kick Start Your Day

6 Ways to Kick Start Your Day

Let’s face it: Mornings suck. Maybe that’s pushing it, but a lot of people all over the world struggle with getting up and moving in the morning. I personally enjoy being up in the morning before everyone else, it’s the time I’m most productive, it makes grocery shopping a little bit easier, and it gives you a couple of extra hours each day that a lot of other people aren’t taking advantage of. The tone of my morning typically reflects how the rest of my day is going to go, so I always try to take every opportunity to set myself up for a kick ass day. Here are 6 ways to kick start your day and make sure it’s a good one!

1. Outfit Prep

Think back to all of the times you were running late. I’m guessing a large majority of those times were caused by not knowing what to wear that day and changing your outfit at least five times before leaving the house. I’m also guessing you weren’t 110% satisfied with the outfit you decided to wear that day, too. 

Whether it’s at the beginning of the week or the night before, having an outfit prepped and ready to be warn on a specific day will for sure lower the amount of hectic-ness you face in the mornings. Even if it’s just an idea or two of what to wear, it ends up helping you in the long run much more than you would think. Now all of those times you were running late due to outfit dilemmas will start to fade and you’ll improve your mood getting out of the house in the morning.

2. Make Your Bed

Ah, remember all of those years your parents yelled at you to make your bed in the morning? They definitely had a reason behind it. Not only does it look better, but having your bed made and being in a clean space will have a positive effect on your mood. Who wants to come home after a long day to a messy space? Not me.

3. Use a Silk Pillow Case

One of my absolute favorite ways to kick start my day is to have a great nights sleep. I’m all about the sleeping atmosphere –  a dark space, a comfy mattress, good pillows, you get the gist. And since we spend a third of our lives in bed, why not invest in a couple *great* pillowcases while you’re at it? 

The Slip Silk Pillowcases are hands down the best pillowcases I have ever used, ever. Ordinary pillowcases can leave your skin creased, your hair to pull and tangle (which leaves your hair damaged and broken!), and do a number on your skin itself but these silk pillowcases leave you frizz-less, crease-less, and your skin feeling more moisturized than ever. The sleep mask is also a great item to add into your routine for a little extra uninterrupted beauty sleep. 

Slip Silk Pillowcase

Since I started using my Slip pillowcase and sleep mask every night, I have noticed less break outs (hallelujah!) and I can typically get my blow outs to make it to second and third day hair. Less breakage, better skin, I call that a win-win if you ask me. The amount of time I spend on my hair in the morning has also been cut down drastically thanks to the decrease in breakage and the increase of washes I can skip before really *having* to wash my hair. HOLLLAAAA.

4. Put the Tech Aside

Instead of reaching for your phone to check your emails and social media first thing in the morning, put it aside for 30 minutes to one hour, cook yourself breakfast, stretch, and enjoy the early hours with no interruptions. Most of us are using technology all. day. long. so having that break in the early morning hours is just what you body, your eye balls, and your mood needs. My favorite thing is to do some morning yoga stretches to get my body woken up and ready to start the day.

5. Embrace the Sunlight

Ever wonder why you seem more tired and drained during the winter than any other time of the year? It’s because of the lack of  sunlight. The vitamin D your body makes when your body is exposed to sunlight can have a positive effect on your energy and mood. When I was in college, I made sure to always keep my blinds cracked so that I would wake up each morning when the sun came up. WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE. I got to the point that I woke up like clock work at 7am each morning and I always looked forward to waking up to the feeling of the warm sun on my skin.  

6 Ways to Kick Start Your Day

6. Don’t Hit Snooze

At this point you probably thing I’m insane. But hey, mornings are great man. It’s an adjustment to get up right when your alarm goes off in the morning and not hitting snooze 12 times but I guarantee you it will make you feel 10x better. Getting up on your own terms instead of an alarm going off every 9 minutes for an hour straight can help with the grogginess and zombie state you most likely experience every morning. Apps like Sleep Cycle wake you up during your lightest sleep phase instead of when you’re in a deep sleep, which is healthier and better for having energy first thing in the morning!

How do you kick start your day?

This post was sponsored by Slip Silk Pillowcase. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Hello, Her possible!

20 Comments

  1. March 22, 2017 / 12:58 PM

    I’ve yet to try sleeping on a silk pillowcase, but I’ve heard nothing but RAVE reviews about it – apparently it really does make a huge difference!!

    Coming Up Roses

  2. Anna English
    March 22, 2017 / 2:41 PM

    These are great tips, thanks for sharing!

  3. March 22, 2017 / 5:33 PM

    100% going to try that app, because I am the snoozing/turn my alarm off in my sleep QUEEN. I could go to bed and sleep for 10 hours and would still wake up tired!

  4. Hannah Will
    March 22, 2017 / 9:21 PM

    I definitely need to try out silk pillow cases! I’ve heard great things about sleeping on them. I wake up with the frizziest hair and it’s not cute lol! Great post:)

    http://www.honestlyhannahblog.com

    • Rachel
      March 22, 2017 / 10:13 PM

      You have to try them then, lady! They’re the best!

  5. March 23, 2017 / 12:55 AM

    Great tips!!

  6. March 23, 2017 / 1:02 AM

    I so need a silk pillowcase. I am constantly flipping around my pillow in the night because my head gets too hot. I have a silk duvet and never have that problem with it.

    • Rachel
      March 23, 2017 / 10:25 PM

      Yes girl! You definitely need a silk pillowcase then! It’s going to be awesome during the hot summer months.

  7. March 23, 2017 / 3:39 AM

    Hehe this reminds me of the post I put up on Monday with my morning routine! I think we agree on a lot of the best ways to start the morning. You’ve got some great suggestions here! I’ve always wanted to try out a silk pillowcase. I’ll have to check out this brand. Thanks for sharing!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    • Rachel
      March 23, 2017 / 10:24 PM

      They’re amazing! So many great benefits.

  8. March 24, 2017 / 3:54 PM

    I want a silk pillowcase so bad!!! Love all your tips! I’m bad at hitting snooze 🙂

    • Rachel
      March 25, 2017 / 11:10 PM

      They’re amazing!

  9. March 24, 2017 / 8:47 PM

    I have been looking for a good silk pillowcase! I need to check these out 🙂

  10. March 24, 2017 / 9:13 PM

    So many great tips, I am early morning person!!! but the silk pillowcase sounds lovely!

    • Rachel
      April 2, 2017 / 11:33 PM

      It’s the hardest!!

  11. Angelle Marix
    March 27, 2017 / 3:32 PM

    Great tips!!! The don’t hit snooze is SO TRUE!! I need to practice that rule. Thanks for sharing ❤
    xoxo,
    Angelle
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

  12. Mollie
    March 29, 2017 / 3:23 PM

    Outfit prep is huge for me!! I need to check out these silk pillowcases, I’ve heard such great things but have yet to try them!

    xx Mollie

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