I thought about titling this post “How to Enjoy Autumn Mornings like a Good Millennial Should,” but honestly, there’s some real value in taking some time to make your morning feel good (Instagrammed or not). And, with the onset of the new season, I think everybody is ready for the switch from light and airy summers to a warm, Autumn feeling.
And what are some of the best things about Fall? Slow, cozy mornings. We may not be able to get them every day – with work, family, events, and whatnot – but on those coveted occasions where the morning doesn’t demand breakneck speed, here are some of my favorite ways to take advantage of it! Or, by waking up just a few minutes earlier every day, you can enjoy each Autumn morning just a little bit more.
Pull out your favorite slouchy sweater and long socks.
Slouchy sweaters are the best thing ever to put on during a brisk, Fall morning. They’re comfy and warm, meaning that it’ll be that much easier to roll out of your warm bed. And long socks will protect your feet from cold floors and simply add to the feeling of a lovely Autumn day. Between the two, you’ll be cozier than ever. Pants optional 😉
Here’s some slouchy sweaters and socks I found that I really liked:
Have coffee ready to go in the morning.
Fill up your coffee maker with grounds and water the night before – and set it on a timer if it has one – so that all you have to do is either push the button or wake up to the sweet aroma of brewing coffee. It’ll help get you out of bed earlier so that you can enjoy the morning.
And while we all love our favorite staple coffee, there’s also a lot of fun Fall-related tweaks that you can make to really ramp up that feeling of warmth and goodness. Here’s some of my favorite ideas:
Make a simple breakfast.
I’m not much of a breakfast eater myself, and I certainly don’t like waking up extra early just to make some. But there’s something about even making a small meal that starts the day out right. I would suggest doing something very simple – the goal is to be slow-paced and cozy, right? – like bananas and peanut butter on bread. Here’s some other great options though:
Stack up on those throw blankets.
Even with slouchy sweaters, long socks, and coffee – Autumn is brisk! Grab a throw blanket to really wrap yourself up tight. By this point, you should be able to walk out on your porch or open a window to get a fresh breath of cool Autumn air (though if you went pants-optional, you might want to throw some on before leaving the house!). Here’s some great throw blankets to consider if you don’t have many yet:
Set the mood with a soft soundtrack and candles.
Light music playing in the background can help get your mind going if coffee hasn’t done the trick yet. I prefer music without much words in the morning, but it’s really up to you. Also, pull out your favorite candles and light them in a spot where you plan to relax for a little while. Here’s two of my favorite soundtracks for lazy mornings, and a couple of Fall-scented candles if you’re out!
Grab a good book, magazine, or journal.
Now being snuggled up in clothes and blankets, well fed, and relaxed, it’s time to do the ultimate in cozy mornings: something slow paced! Grab a good book that inspires you (I prefer a good fiction or travel book). Flip through your favorite magazine. Or, even better, grab your journal and do some reflection. In a very fast-paced world, it’s important every now and then to make sure to slow down. Try to avoid the screen (in any of its forms) if you can – we get enough of that in daily life. This time is for something different! Here’s some of what I enjoy:
Doesn’t all of that sound like the best Fall morning ever?? And there’s really not much reason why we don’t do this more often. Waking up 30 minutes earlier shouldn’t be that drastic of a change in your morning routine. And while of course every morning is not likely to be a perfect morning, it’s making small adjustments where you can that can make the biggest differences. Why not start with the start of your day?
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