Because “You Look Like You Just Woke Up” Should Be a Compliment

We’ve all met them: the ever chipper “morning person.” Bright-eyed, talkative, and enthused for all the glorious potential each day brings. They fear no alarm, and seemingly require no coffee. What is their secret?

Besides a good night’s sleep (and maybe a sunny disposition), the answer is routine. A simple, efficient AM routine gives shape and structure to your day, potentially making you more productive and your time better spent. The best part is that routines require less effort than rushing haphazardly out the door. Here’s what you need to know:

You Snooze, You Lose

Do not hit the Snooze button. We repeat, don’t do it. No matter how enticing it may be, the snooze button is a perilous little thing, the gateway to a time-crunched morning. When your alarm first sounds and you’ve rationalized that extra ten minutes, you’ll find that waking up immediately has its virtues. And science agrees.

Have A Mindful Morning

Meditation in the morning is advantageous, whether it’s an extended practice or a few moments of tranquility before the hustle and bustle. Nor is it as time-consuming as many presume: even a few minutes of controlled breathing exercises is a valuable supplement to your morning, and you’ll reap the benefits all day long. A particularly cringe-inducing encounter at work? With all that inner peace you’ll have saved up, it won’t even faze you.

Work While You Wash

Rather than a waste of time, think of the shower as a veritable idea factory. Because we can’t be tethered to our phones, or anything else for that matter, showers are the ideal time to start thinking through the day. Also, minimizing the time it takes to get your hair looking good starts by choosing the right products, and that starts in the shower. One example, for the countless among us with thinning hair, is the Aveda Invati Men system. The two-part system starts with a Nourishing Exfoliating Shampoo that conditions to help strengthen hair with naturally derived ingredients. That’s followed by the Scalp Revitalizer, a leave-in treatment that increases microcirculation when massaged in and thickens hair at the roots. With your hair looking thick and full, styling will take less effort.

Stretch It Out

Stretching, too, is known to be additionally effective in the morning hours. Sure, you may grimace at the suggestion of a morning stretch after your muscles have been off-duty for several hours. But that’s exactly the point: a post-shower stretch will help improve your posture and increase blood flow. If you find yourself hunched at a desk all day, take a few intermittent breaks to stretch it out once more.

Feed Your Body and Your Mind

We aren’t suggesting you whip up a Croque Monsieur as you run out of the house, but a properly satiating breakfast equips you with the energy and nutrients needed to tackle the day. The best way to make sure you don’t skip breakfast is to have grab-and-go options at the ready. A handful of nuts or a banana can travel with you. Or heck, once you’ve got this morning thing down, maybe you’ll want to try the Croque Monsieur after all.