In the morning nothing feels quite right. At least for some of us. Do you hit the snooze button endless times before grudgingly dragging yourself out of bed, and only because your bladder is screaming at you? Do you have a permanent scowl until you’ve had at least two cups of coffee? Do you dream of a world where breakfast doesn’t come before noon?
We’ve all heard motivational quotes urging us to wake at dawn. Quotes such as, “The early bird gets the worm” or “Wake up early and tackle the day before it tackles you.” I have a far better phrase for you, and it’s from Alice In Wonderland: ” Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
I come bearing good news. There are six impossible things you can do before breakfast that might make your mornings a little brighter and more bearable.
I understand if you’re skeptical. The idea of doing anything remotely enjoyable before breakfast seemed like a far-fetched concept for me as well. However, give these ideas a chance. They’re not only achievable but have the potential to make your mornings something to anticipate.
Dance like nobody’s watching. Yes, even if you’re in your pajamas and your hair is sticking up in all directions. Blast your favorite song and let loose. Who cares if your neighbors think you’ve lost it? Besides who says they’re any better at mornings than you are?
Next: give yourself a pep talk in the mirror. I know, I know, it sounds cheesy and so cliché. But what have you got to lose? You can always brush your hair while you’re at it. Look yourself in the eye and tell yourself that you’re going to kick ass today. Say it like you mean it. Bonus points if you do it in 3 different accents.
An invigorating rush of cold water will snap you out of your morning haze and jumpstart your day. Not only will a cold shower wake you up faster than a shot of espresso it will literally shower you with a ton of health benefits as well as work wonders on your utility bills. Use your imagination, you can pretend you’re in an Arctic survival movie and feel like a badass.
Who says you can’t have bruschetta for breakfast? Or tiramisu? Or both? Give yourself something to look forward to in the morning. You might even find yourself getting excited about waking up early.
Do a quick workout. I’m not suggesting you run a marathon here. Just a few jumping jacks, some push-ups, and maybe a yoga pose or two. It will get your blood flowing and your energy up, and make you feel like you’re on top of the world.
And last but not least: Avoid starting your day with the news. Read and remember that laughter is the best medicine. There are perks to reading something really funny early in the day; you can share it with your coworkers and pretend you’re a morning person with a solar disposition.
So, there you have it, six impossible things you can try before breakfast to help you shake off the morning blues and start your day revving like a sports car ready to hit the road. Give them a go, mix and match them, and see what works best for you. Who knows, you might even become a morning person after all. Then again, there’s always more coffee.