The Secrets To A Kick-Arse Morning Routine

If every morning feels like a groundhog day rendition of snoozing your alarm until you were meant to be out the door in like… ummm… 10 minutes ago #whoops, then sis, read on ‘cause we’re about to change that!

Subscribe to these tips as if they’re Shani Grimmond’s makeup tutorials and you’ll be hitting the pavement every morning feeling fierce. No more ‘whoops I did it again’ sleeping through your alarm, okay? Britney may have peaked in the 90’s, but that doesn’t mean you have to!

Get snooze-proof alarm

I’d be lying if I said I’ve never had a cheeky affair with that sexy snooze button. It’s too tempting. But let’s be honest here. You’re already awake! The chance of getting another wink of restful sleep is zilch. So if realising that you’re going to be rushing out the door in a flailing mess of smudged eyeliner and dry shampoo isn’t enough to get you up a bit earlier, here are a few fool-proof ideas:

  • Download the Mathe Alarm Clock from the app store. The bleeping doesn’t stop until you’ve answered enough maths questions to get those brain juices flowing!
  • Put your alarm on the other side of the room so you LITERALLY have to get up to turn it off. If that’s not the definition of evil genius, then I don’t know what is.

Treat yo self

Make it like your birthday evvveeerrryyy day! Waking up that little bit earlier gives you time to pamper yourself, so you’ll feel relaxed and poised walking out the door. Pop on a brightening face mask and allow it to work its magic whilst you eat a healthy breaky, have enough time to get that winged liner happening, and even spend an extra couple of minutes chatting to that cute barista on your daily coffee run. Winning!

Move it

It’s no coincidence that the fitness industry has taken the social media world by storm. Get your daily dose of kick-arse confidence and feel-good endorphins before 9am and you’re well on your way to having a powerhouse of a day. It doesn’t have to be a gruelling gym sesh to reap the rewards though. Even getting out in the fresh air for a 10 minute walk and some gentle stretching will boost your mood and get your blood flowing. Put on some upbeat tunes to really get the vibe happening! Another secret is to sync your playlist with the beats per minute of your target heart rate. Try warming up to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” (113 bpm), get that cardio in with Zara Larsson’s “Never Forget You” (146), boost maximum performance with Kent Jones’ “Don’t Mind” (159), and do a few high-intensity intervals to Alan Walker’s “Sing Me to Sleep” (176).

Keeping up with the Kardashians

Kylie Jenner’s new lip kit launch date – you’ve had it marked in your calendar for months. And hey girl, me too. Priorities right? Another thing to keep your eye on though is the latest news headlines. We all love a good screen scroll in the morning, so after you’ve exhausted instagram, facebook and snapchat, have a look at the news app. Or even better, ask Siri to give you the news. Who doesn’t love hearing Siri’s dulcet tones first thing in the morning? Plus, you’ll never have to resort to the classic ‘how about this weather we’re having!’ during awkward small talk scenarios.

Your top three

Now this one is the real clincher. Either before you go to bed the night before or when you wake up in the morning, grab a sticky note and write down three things you want to get done today. Now these three things are the 10 commandments for the next 24 hours! Got it!! Come hell or high water, you’re getting these done. No excuses! That doesn’t mean it has to be the climbing of Mt Everest though. It can be something as simple as calling your Mum to say hi or taking the dog for a walk. Nothing feels better than crossing that last job off your to-do list at the end of the day. Well, apart from sex. Now THAT’S something to add to the bottom of your to-do list!

Just like eyebrows and boobies, everyone is different. So mix and match these ideas depending on what brings out the best in you each morning. Personally, I choose caffeine. Every time. Double shot? Who’s counting… it’s too early to do maths anyway!


Words by Sophie Stockman

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