Are you a not-so-morning-person looking for ways to become more of an early bird? Read on for some small changes you can make and see how your local RaceTrac can help. Plus, make sure you enter the RaceTrac gift card giveaway at the end of the post!
This post is sponsored by RaceTrac to help you discover how they can make your mornings a little easier.
I am a recovering night owl. There was a time when I looked forward to late nights because I knew I would get so much done. But these days, I’m typically in bed by 9 and snoring long before the nightly news gets started. I do not know how it happened.
It may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been married to a morning person for 23 years. I won’t admit it to him, but his habit of getting started early has clearly rubbed off on me. And actually, it probably has more to do with the fact that children tend to need things in the morning. It didn’t take long for me to realize that they respond better to Happy Mom than they do to Grumpy Mom, so I’ve done a few things to help make our mornings a bit easier.
And, while I wouldn’t call myself a morning person, I can no longer call myself a night owl either. The tips below are a few small changes I made to help morph into a happier early bird and become more of a morning person.
Small Changes You Can Make to Become More of a Morning Person
Start with thankfulness.
I’m certain this has made the biggest difference in my mornings. I would wake up grumpy, so my first thought was usually a complaint about having to wake up so early. Now, I make a concentrated effort to make my first thought a thank-you and it helps sets the tone for the rest of the day. It also helps to sit quietly, pray/meditate or journal to get your self in the right mindset to face the day.
Look for a small win.
Yes, I’ve heard the advice that you should start your day with the biggest task you least want to do, but I’ve found much more joy in grabbing a small win to start my day. This usually means picking up somewhere, starting a load of laundry or tackling small messes my teen-tenants made after I went to bed. It gets me moving and I feel I’ve accomplished a bit before the day even really gets going.
Whether it’s coffee, tea, a smoothie or a shake, starting out with a drink that energizes you will help motivate you a bit more in the morning. I prefer coffee these days and, as I mentioned last month, if you’re on the go, RaceTrac is a great place to grab your cup. Their “Crazy Good Coffee” bar offers a variety of fresh brewed coffee, all made with 100% Arabica beans and if you prefer, you can grab a cappuccino, iced coffee, hot teas or hot chocolate as well.
I’m notorious for skipping breakfast and it’s something I’ve been working on for a while. I do find that my head is much clear when I eat and that goes a long way toward making sure Grumpy Mom doesn’t show up. Eating breakfast tends to be easier when I’m on the go. And, if you’re like me in that regard, you’ll be excited about RaceTrac’s committment to offer whatever you want for breakfast as a bright spot in whatever kind of morning you’re having. Whether it’s a traditional breakfast item like a bacon, egg and cheese croissant or something less traditional like pizza or a hot dog, you’ll find it there (and no one’s judging 😉 ). Plus, RaceTrac will be offering morning-time deals on their social media during February and March to celebrate the early birds who pop in for breakfast there.
Plan the day.
Whether you write it in a planner or use you phone’s calendar, it’s a good practice to start your day with a plan. Take a few minutes to check your calendar, the family calendar and your email and make sure you know what’s coming. A day with fewer surprises will be a more maneageable day and this is also something you might actually do the night before.
Here’s hoping these small tips go a long way toward helping you maximize your mornings (and check out this post if you need help establishing a night time routine) . If you’ve got a tip to add, I’d love to have you post it in a comment below or on The Mama Zone’s Facebook page. And, before you go, take a minute to enter to win one of two $25 RaceTrac gift cards below.
Enter to win a $25 RaceTrac Gift Card
The contest is open to US mailing addresses only and the prizing is courtesy of RaceTrac. To enter, you simply need to be a follower, friend or fan of The Mama Zone in at least one way. Use the Giveaway Tools widget below to enter. If you’ve never used Giveaway Tools, all you need to do is use your email address and name to get started (I only use your email address to notify you if you’ve won). Giveaway ends February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
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Anitra is the founder of The Mama Zone and she’s been sharing useful tips for mom here since 2009.