The Art Of A Great Morning (And Therefore A Great Day)

I’ve never been a morning person; I’d far prefer to work until the darkest hours of the night than arise with the birds. It used to frustrate me reading the weekly editions of Stylist’s ‘work-life’ pages, that every featured woman seemed to get out of bed at an ungodly hour and preach that as an undeniable factor in her success. Where were those of us that roll out from between the sheets and stumble to the bathroom with our ear plugs still in, hoping that there was enough milk left in the fridge for at least three cups of coffee? Although you undeniably can quickly get into a routine when you have to (I’ve done my fair share of 6am wake up calls over the years,) as a self employed woman with a lot of daytime television at her disposable, I find it hard to kick my day off in the most productive way. The temptation to stay in bed and scroll through Instagram for a good hour is real, but with so much to do and so little time I’ve had to teach myself how to have a great morning and set up the rest of my day in the most positive way. The art of a great day is all in those first morning moments…

When your alarm goes off, get up. It’s that simple. If you force yourself to throw back the sheets and get out of your warm and cosy environment, you’re one step closer to getting on with your day; pressing snooze three times can actually make you more sleepy as you fight with the need to arise, so instead of setting the alarm 15 minutes earlier than you need, just set it for the right time and get yourself out of bed. 

I can’t tell you how many mornings I waste scrolling through social media and reading news articles that really won’t enrich my life. My most productive mornings are when I simply leave my phone on my bedside table and don’t even look at it until I need to check how much time I’ve got left to do my hair. You’ll save precious moments, plus you’ll actually have something to look at on your commute.

During the night our bodies become dehydrated; we need to rehydrate to ensure the effective flow of oxygen around the body, as well as the production of new blood cells. Seeing as our brain is also around 76% water, we need to lubricate it in order to feel awake and positive as you start your day. Drink at least a glass of water before you do anything else.

It’s important to get our metabolism moving in the morning, as this sets the standard for the rest of the day. Make yourself a balanced breakfast that contains a high amount of protein and fibre, to fill you up and ensure you have the energy you need to get through your to-do list; eggs, porridge or even peanut butter on toast are great alternatives to those sugary cereals that will see you slump by 11am.

I’m such a coffee fiend that I actually worry what will happen if the world’s supply were to suddenly run out. It’s the first proper task I usually undertake in a morning and I take great pleasure when sipping that first taste; it’s a comfort and a joy, plus a psychological kick-start to my day. I just don’t feel ready without at least one cup and really do notice if I haven’t had my coffee fix by 10am. Having a coffee machine in my kitchen makes the whole experience even more enjoyable, knowing I can have a barista-style coffee at the click of a button. My ‘Bean To Cup’ is a morning wonder, as I know my double strength soy latte will be waiting for me within a few moments, without having to even leave the house. Is this what dreams are made of?

The Krups Bean To Cup EA9010 coffee machine allows you to make 17 hot drinks at the touch of a button (including Espressos, Doppios, Lattés, Cappuccinos and my current favourite, Flat Whites,) as well as offering the option to create up to eight profiles that can store your favourite coffee recipes for ease of use. That includes the style, size, strength and even temperature of your morning coffee! With automatic rinsing of the steam nozzle within the unit for increased hygiene and cleanliness, as well as no pods or liquid compartments so wastage is minimised, this may possibly be just as good as having your local barista live in your kitchen. I love the fact the milk is frothed within the cup automatically, rather than having to pretend I’m an Italian coffee connoisseur and remember my coffee making training from many moons ago. It’s compact and super sleek, as well as being an utter pleasure to use even when I’m in a rush. Although expensive at around £999.00, it’s an investment that will provide a morning moment of joy for years to come – and possibly a saving if you stopped buying those morning Starbucks!

For more information on the Krups Bean To Cup EA9010 coffee machine, visit their website. Get 30% off all Krups Bean to Cup machines on Home & Cook using code BLCF30OFF. (Valid until 23:59 on 17th April.)

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  1. Miss Danielle
    April 16, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    I find that having a glass of water next to my bed really helps. It's the first thing I do when I wake up and helps me to feel more awake. Swiftly followed by coffee of course! Danielle || Miss Danielle

    • Hayley Carr
      April 17, 2017 / 11:29 am

      Glugging a giant glass of water is so refreshing first thing isn't it!

  2. Vivian Yuen
    April 17, 2017 / 1:32 am

    The day isn't ready without coffee <3Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE~

    • Hayley Carr
      April 17, 2017 / 11:28 am

      It really isn't! I think I probably spend more on coffee than I do on shoes…

  3. Anonymous
    April 17, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Advertising a £1000 coffee machine, which is probably more than most of your readers' monthly rent/mortgage?! Wow…

    • Hayley Carr
      April 17, 2017 / 11:23 am

      If coffee is your thing, how is it different to a £1000 handbag or trip to the Maldives? Not everyone can afford everything, but information and aspiration shouldn't be chastised because it's not suited to everyone. The post is actually 90% about morning routines anyway…

    • Lex
      April 18, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Exactly. I'd rather spend money on this than a year's worth of before-work coffees from Starbucks. No one's telling you to blow a month's wages on a whim, but like most things people want and are willing to spend more on… if you want it, you save and treat yourself. I'm sure Ms Anonymous spends money on stuff I would baulk at, but everyone's different.

  4. fashion for lunch
    April 18, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    That coffee machine looks bloody brilliant! Great tips

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