five essentials : beat the morning blues

It’s true that I enjoy the blue hour of the morning right before the sun pours in through the clouds, around the trees, pouring into the house from the windows. I live for that hour. The serenity before the hustle that ensues. I often sit there with my cup of coffee watching every minute go by, and as you probably know, I am one of those people who is constantly on the go. So a little peaceful moment is the perfect way to start my day. However, I have not always been one of early risers. With lots of training, discipline and self-trickery, I have transformed into a morning person. Here are my five essentials to beating those morning blues. 
{change up your morning routine}
I prefer to work out in the morning and a morning gym session is not an ideal image to be waking up to. I like to change up my exercise routine by either meeting a friend for yoga, joining a running club or hitting the gym weights. At times, I can’t be bothered to do some physical activity, so I go for a nice casual walk around a favorite part of the neighborhood and grab a cup of coffee to go. 
{the morning playlist}
Sometimes a good beat inspires me get going. I’m a dancer, so anything upbeat of danceable can get me out of bed and moving. I like to have three different playlists ready depending on the type of mood I’m in when I wake up. This reinforced the alternative morning routine I mentioned above.
{dress yourself}
I’m not sure about you, but if I have a nice outfit, new handbag, special shoes for the next day, I’m thrilled to get my day started to show it all off. I love getting ready when I have a brand new dress in the closet. That’s not saying that I encourage you all to go out shopping everyday, but it is encouragement to get out of bed. 
{inverted snooze}
My first snooze lasts for 9 minutes. Once the alarm goes off, I hit snooze and spend those 9 minutes by doing yoga stretches. If you have a hard time physically getting up when your alarm goes off, place it on the other side of the room. This way you’re forced to get out of bed. 
{treat yourself}
The first week I “sleep trained” myself, I got myself a nice cup of coffee and a croissant once a week from the patisserie on the way to work. This was only if I successfully woke up every day of the week. The weeks I didn’t make it, I didn’t treat myself.