Morning routines are popular as ever right now. Wellness experts, self-made millionaires, and TikTok-obsessed teens all swear by their waking rituals, ranging from pre-dawn Pilates to a half-hour of gratitude journaling and tea sipping. These daily to-dos are so trendy that with a few click-clacks on the keyboard, you can even find morning routines for people who hate mornings and routines (more on that later).
Shifting from sluggishly hitting the snooze button to waking up refreshed and ready to go sounds nice, but how do you actually do it? Try these six tips to steal back your morning and start your day off right.
1. Prep before bed.
A little planning goes a long way to making your mornings run smoothly. Pack lunches while you clean up dinner, layout work and gym outfits when you put on your pj’s, and jot down your goals for the day before turning in for the night. This prep will help you feel more mentally prepared for a productive tomorrow.
2. Give yourself time.
Getting up earlier can be the difference between having a calm start to your day versus feeling foggy and frantic after snoozing your alarm seven times. Not a morning person? No problem—start slowly and wake up 5 or 10 minutes earlier until you adjust, then keep going until you are waking up at your ideal time.
YL tip: Change your alarm tone to a soothing sound like soft music or a beautiful birdsong—no one wants to be startled out of sleep by a blaring alarm.
3. Wake up your senses.
No motivational morning routine is complete without a diffuser blend to set the tone for the day. Looking for a seize-the-day scent to start your mornings? Blend Peppermint, Citrus Fresh, and Lemon for a lively and inspiring aroma that says, “You’ve got this.”
Rise and Shine diffuser blend
- 4 drops Peppermint
- 3 drops Citrus Fresh
- 3 drops Lemon
Want something that goes better with slow, easy-going mornings and a croissant? Then you’ll need Lavender (obviously) along with sweet-scented Sacred Sandalwood and Stress Away. Simply pop a few drops of each in your diffuser, breathe deep, and feel like you just woke up in Paris.
Bonjour, Beautiful diffuser blend
- 3 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Sacred Sandalwood
- 3 drops Stress Away