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This post was sponsored by OPTI-FREE®. All opinions are my own.


I’m not naturally a morning person; I’m the type of person that prefers sleeping until noon. But we all know that the early bird gets the worm...so let’s start our mornings with a big smile on our face and try to make mornings less irritating.

1) A GOOD MORNING STARTS THE NIGHT BEFORE
If you can, do as much as you can the night before. You can plan your outfit, blow dry your hair, pre-prep breakfast, organize your bag, etc. This means no running around in the morning...and even sleeping more calmly because you know everything is ready to go as soon as you wake up.




2) STOP SNOOZING
We all do it: “5 more minutes PLEASE!!”; but this doesn’t help. Those 5 (then 10, and then 15) extra minutes of sleep are not enough...and they turn into stressing out about being late. Just be honest with yourself, set an attainable alarm, wake up instantly, and brush your teeth. The worst part of sleeping is waking up, so why do it many times a day!


3) EXERCISE IN THE MORNING
We have all been there. You get home from work and there are 1,000 excuses not to exercise...but what about doing it in the morning? Exercising in the morning gives you an extra dose of energy, will keep your stress level down...and it has been proven that doing cardio before breakfast is even more efficient for weight loss. You can also try sleeping in your workout clothes so as soon as you wake up, you are ready for a walk...and ready to conquer the world!





4) DRINK A FULL GLASS OF WATER
After a long night (6-8 hours) without water, your body is mildly dehydrated...this causes fatigue and irritation! If you are feeling too tired, what you might need is more water...as simple as that!


5) ELIMINATE ILF* Irritating Lens Face
I started wearing contacts 10 years ago. I put them on before applying makeup or heading out to exercise...and I take them out before removing makeup. I’m always looking for all-day comfort, nothing is as irritating as having dry, dirty or uncomfortable contact lenses. I’ve been using OPTI-FREE® Puremoist® for years now to clean and disinfect my contact lenses because it keeps my lenses comfortable and helps me prevent Irritating Lens Face (ILF).*
*ILF: a fun term to refer to the face you make when dry, dirty or uncomfortable contact lenses irritate your eye, resulting in winks, eye rolls, and general faces of discomfort that can really ruin a moment.




6) EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST
Just like #4, our body’s metabolism and blood sugar is at its lowest in the morning. Solution: a breakfast to re-energize us! Two easy breakfasts:
- Banana pancakes: mix one rip
ened banana with one egg and cinnamon and you have healthy pancakes with no flour! These are my favorite.

- Egg Frittatas: mix two eggs with your fave veggies and potatoes and put them in a cupcake holder.

Bake at 350°F until they turn golden...so delicious!


7) SLAY A 5-MINUTE BEAUTY/MAKEUP ROUTINE
You don’t have to be 45 minutes doing your makeup—makeup should be about enhancing your favorite features and not transforming your face.
For the everyday life, you don’t need more than 10 min. (hey, take as long as you need for that wedding you are attending next month!). Set up a small makeup kit for the everyday stuff so you don’t have to be looking for the products you want. It’s all about looking like you spent a lot of time when you actually didn’t. Go for bb cream, concealer where necessary, blush (leave contouring for special occasions), mascara, neutral shadows, brow powder, and brown eyeliner.

8) MORNING PLAYLIST
If you need a little something-something while getting ready, put some music on.


9) DAILY AFFIRMATION
Before starting your day, repeat a positive affirmation—something in your life you want to adjust, or replace. It can be a simple “I can do it” or “I’m grateful for my life”—but these affirmations help reduce cortisol levels by more than 40% during stressful situations.


10) REWARD YOURSELF
If you were able to wake up at least 5 minutes earlier, take those 5 minutes for yourself; maybe enjoy your coffee or tea while reading the news, try a new braid, or meditate by the bed. You deserve it! 

9 comments

  1. Working out in the morning is sooo hard for me! I definitely have to work on that one!

    Briana
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  2. I definitely need to get in the habit of getting as much done the night before. Great tips.

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  3. very helpful tips, I definitely need to stop hitting snooze some mornings and I need to make more time for breakfast for sure!

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  5. What a wonderful and useful post, Daniela :) Thank you for sharing! Absolutely agree that a good morning starts a day before!

    BeautyMarkLady

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  6. Great ideas! I'm definitely trying those banana pancakes. Thank you.

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