Save time and stress by incorporating these items into your morning routine.
Let’s face it: Mornings are hectic. Whether you’re rushing out the door, waking up to feed hungry kids or trying to cram in a workout, we could all use a little help with our a.m. routines. We’re pressed for time, hurrying to get ready while cramming a million things into a short window.
Fortunately, there are some things out there designed to make your mornings a little more manageable. Here are a few products that will help you have a more productive and ― most importantly ― relaxing start to your day.
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1. An upgraded alarm clock that will wake you up slowly
How you start your morning sets the tone for your entire day. Sure, you could be jolted out of bed by the sound of your smartphone alarm blaring away — but there are, in fact, more peaceful ways to wake up. (Not to mention, phones in the bedroom are disruptive to sleep.)
Try a wake-up light, which lets you kick off your day with a simulated sunrise in addition to your choice of five unique wake-up sounds. This device is sleep-expert approved, and studies have shown that exposure to morning light can improve your sleep quality. And don’t you always feel better after getting a little sun?
2. A gratitude journal that only takes a few minutes of your time
Jotting down what you are thankful for has been shown to boost mental health. So before you dive into the stress of your workday, chores or whatever else is waiting for you, take a few minutes to slow down and express some gratitude. And if time is of the essence, this is definitely the journal for you.
The Five-Minute Journal gives you quick prompts that focus on practicing gratitude, creating positive affirmations and prioritizing important tasks.
Your standard bar of soap isn’t doing much to make your morning any more enjoyable, but this body wash might make it a little extra memorable. The product is infused with organic essential oils such as rosemary and lemongrass, which are meant to be stimulating scents.
4. An on-the-go coffee maker that’ll cut down on your routine and your spending
There are tons of health benefits associated with drinking coffee, but waiting for the coffee maker to do its thing can be frustrating. The Pour-Over Coffee Travel Mug allows you to scoop your own coffee grounds into a stainless steel filter, which sits comfortably inside of a travel tumbler. Then, you dump hot water over the grounds, either at home or in the office, and you’re on your way. It’s made with military-grade steel, which keeps your beverage hotter for much longer than a mug does. And you can brew it without the hassle of paper filters.
It’s hard to get out of bed, but it can be even harder to get out of the shower. All that relaxing hot water can make it easy to lose track of how much time you spend in there. Enter this timer, which will help you stay on schedule.
Phone, keys, purse, coffee mug, laptop … The list of items you might need to wrangle before leaving in the morning can be endless. This small organizer can make it a little easier to remember a few of them. It hangs over your doorknob and includes space for you to drop in your iPhone, hang your keys and toss in any bills or mail that you need to bring with you for the day.
One of the worst things about drying off after a relaxing shower is being cold — this product solves that problem. Just plug the bin into the wall, stick in your towels and let them get toasty while you’re rinsing off. The warmer also comes with built-in timer settings. It’s an extra pampering step to your self-care routine that will elevate your morning.
How many times have you gone out the door without being able to find your wallet or keys? This Bluetooth tracker can attach to everyday items and help you track them down. Keep the product in your wallet or on your keys and click the “find” button on the app, and your item will ring to alert you of its location. Or if your wallet never made it home, the app will show you its location on the map.
Sleeping on the right pillowcase can do wonders for helping you look ready to tackle the day. A silk pillowcase can help prevent breakouts, keeps your hair from getting tangled and may reduce the appearance of sleep lines and puffiness. Try the highly reviewed “anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, anti-bed head” zippered pillowcase by Slip. A product that can reduce the time you spend on your beauty routine? Win.
Exercise can be great (especially in the mornings), but it does have limitations if you’re not using the right equipment. There is nothing worse than holding a downward dog, only to hurt your wrists while pressing your hands into a thin or poorly padded mat. Or getting frustrated when the mat slides around beneath you as you sweat. This mat is made from material originally created for carpet pads and grips tightly to the floor. It’s well-padded and perfect for any morning flow or workout.
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