5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange

I will be the first to say that I am not a morning person. I am almost 28 years old, and I still do not have the desire to wake with the sun. For the longest time I felt like a complete failure for not having this desire. Since I was a little thing, I loved staying up late and sleeping in late. Just ask my mom. Instead of making myself feel bad about not being a morning person, I have created ways to make waking at the crack of dawn more desirable. Lately we have been embracing slower mornings until we really feel bright enough to tackle our tasks. Today I am going to share 5 things that I have started doing to help make mornings better and less challenging.

See below for details on each one of the things we have added into our mornings to make them just that much better.

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange1. Begin with a good Stretch:
I learned from a friend who is a yoga instructor that you should always wake up and do 15 minutes of stretching. It helps stimulate your nervous system and muscles, which results in you becoming aware more quickly. After a long day of travel or a really tough workout, it shakes out any tension that settled into your body during sleep.

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange2. Make the Bed:
When I was young, I hated making my bed. Now I love beginning the day with this simple task. Sure it takes about 10 minutes, but there is something about the process of making my bed in the morning that makes me feel more put together. When I return to my bedroom at the end of the day and see the crisp bed, I feel a sense of accomplishment after a tough day. I can pull down the sheets, slide into my clean bed, and release my day. This feeling makes that 10 minutes in the morning 100% worth it.

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange3. Drink Warm Lemon water:
I started doing this when I was cleansing, and now I love beginning my day with this warm, simple drink. After 6-8 hours of no water, I always wake up parched. So, drinking water before I grab the coffee makes me remember the importance of hydration. It also keeps me from guzzling more coffee than I should.

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange4. Add Almond Milk into your daily smoothie:
Somedays when I want a little something extra in my smoothie I add Almond Milk. Though I love making my own, I don’t always have time with travel and work so I will usually pickup Silk Almond Milk that is unsweetened and without added flavor. It adds the just that little extra treat even though I am consuming a lot of antioxidants, greens, and protein, but goodness does it taste good.

What I put in my smoothie from the video:
1/2 cup Silk Almond Milk Unsweetened
1 tbsp fresh ground Almond butter
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp hearts
1 banana
1 cup wild organic blueberries
1 tbsp local wildflower honey
3 cups fresh spinach

5 Ways to Make Your Morning Better  |  The Fresh Exchange5. Allow time for inspiration:
Mornings are not about emails and tasks to me. They are about putting on my game face to create great work. So, I love beginning my day by giving myself anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to find inspiration. Typically this is while I enjoy my smoothie and coffee (after my lemon water of course). I will look through Pinterest or Feedly to see what is happening in the world and what new trends are surfacing. I always walk away from that time ready to tackle the day’s tasks.

I would love to hear how each of you make your mornings better. What are your morning rituals? Do you do any of the things I do?


Thank you to Silk for sponsoring this post and asking us to share what makes our mornings better. The opinions and text are all mine.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. I like the idea of allowing for inspiration. My boyfriend and I have been having trouble lately with waking up on time. It’s SUCH a struggle to get out of bed – we just feel dead tired. But we’ve been talking about trying to wake up a few hours before work so we can making coffee, spend some time together, and read a little bit. I think it will also help with the feeling that all we ever do with our days is work. Getting in some good “me-time” before work could really give us more energy during the day.

  2. I love it! I am SO not a morning person (but I could happily stay up all night long). I typically push snooze 3-4 times until i’m in panic mode and rushing to get ready. It’s a terrible way to start a day! I much prefer your idea of slowly easing into it (and making it something enjoyable). Taking notes!

  3. These are some fantastic ideas! Ironically, I love the tip about making the bed because I too tend to leave it last on my morning routine and often run out of time, but when I do make it I love the feeling of the crisp sheets at night! I’ll try to make this priority! Another tip that really puts me in a great mood is waking up to my favorite music! they say your mood in the first hour of your morning sets the tone for the rest of your day! So skip the morning news (that will probably depress you) and listen to some feel good tunes. You’ll be dancing into your morning routine!

  4. On a day we don’t have to rush off anywhere, the best thing is cuddling my sleepy kids next to me as the sun slowly warms the room. Then making a nice cup of French press coffee while I read a passage from the Bible.

  5. I’m so glad I’m not alone! I’m almost 28 as well and I am definitely not a morning person. I have tried to wake up earlier, but it is not for me. I, too, have embraced the label of not being a morning person. I completely agree that stretching and making the bed are great tasks for the morning – and something I do everyday. I’m usually trying to run out the door for work so there isn’t much time for anything else. I’ve been looking for a good smoothie recipe and yours sounds delicious. That and finding inspiration might make my mornings better. Thanks for sharing!


  6. great post! i too am SUCH a night owl and i have a really hard time willing myself out of bed when it’s still dark out, but i’ve found that if i can drink a glass of water, do some simple stretches, rinse off in the shower, and eat a breakfast, then the rest of the day really is so much better. we deserve to give ourselves good mornings!
    thank you for writing!

  7. I love mornings! They’re so peaceful and incredibly inspiring for me. A while ago, I read an interview where the person said the first thing they do in the morning is create. It doesn’t matter what it is, or how big or small; the point is to make something. I wish I could remember who said it, because it’s what I live by, now. Creating helps me start the day off on the right foot. I guess because it helps release some ‘inspirational energy’ if that makes any sense!

  8. Such a gorgeous video. I really love your tips, too. I’ve never been a great morning person either, though I’ve been trying a lot more lately. Whenever I DO actually wake up early, I always feel a lot better from the get-go about my day. I feel more inspired than when I wake up late. The actual getting-up part though is always tough, but once I’m up, I’m usually good to go. I love to stretch in bed + lay there for a few minutes to wake myself up. Really helps me to relax + not rush the waking up part. I always use the first little part of my day to inspire myself with pinterest, etc. as well. Really helps set the mood for the day, and gives me a little extra time before getting to the actual work.

  9. awesome i was going to say the same ,sounds exactly like my new morning routine…but especially the almond milk, almond butter oatmeal chia smoothie 🙂 yum yum makes me look forward to the next day

  10. I am glad i am not alone! I am so not a morning person and struggle every single time I get up. This is a good list. I do some of them already, but am definitely interested in trying this lemon water!

  11. I guess I will never be a morning person by choice, but finding out new ideas about making the process better is a huge shift in the mindset.
    Something about these slow yet uplifting rituals you shared makes your senses tickle and look more forward to waking up.
    For me, the most joyful mornings, without using any additional steps to the routine, are those we spend extra time in bed with my hubs after waking up. Time flies by, but the energy left is irreplaceable.

  12. These are great! I might also add that it’s much easier to wake up early if I don’t stay up until 1 am zoning out to Pinterest, Bloglovin, etc. Save the pinning for the morning! haha

  13. Lemon water is the best! I only recently discovered the benefits. It’s really amazing how much such a simple thing can improve how you feel overall.

    Really inspiring post, even for those of us who do wake up with the sun!


    1. Growing up I had a grandma who expected a multi-layered bed making every morning and she really got me with her rules and now I cannot make a bed in a simple way…so it does unfortunately take me a little longer than most people hehe.

  14. I could use a lot of help getting up in the mornings too! I usually only leave myself enough time to get the necessities done and get out the door! This was very inspiring… thank you! And LOVE the video!

  15. I agree on allowing time for inspiration in the morning. What a difference it makes! It also means you’re less distracted later on when there’s still fun stuff lurking in your feedly that you didn’t have time for first thing 🙂