How to Get Ready Faster in the Mornings

Getting enough sleep is essential for your health and general well-being. However, a lot of people find themselves struggling to get the recommended eight hours a night. This is often because they have to wake up very early in order to prepare themselves for the day ahead. Things like choosing an outfit, preparing breakfast and lunch, and various other essential tasks can be time-consuming. If you're longing for a lie-in, here are a few ways to speed up the process of getting ready each morning.

Prepare at the weekend

If like many people, you usually have a bit of free time on the weekends, you might want to consider spending a hour or two on a Saturday or Sunday preparing for the week ahead. Doing this will free up your weekday mornings, allowing you to get some much-needed extra sleep.  

For example, if you frequently find yourself struggling to choose your clothes in the mornings, try putting together your outfits for the week ahead on a Sunday. Likewise, if much of your mornings are spent preparing breakfast and lunch, it might be helpful to do some simple meal-prepping at the weekend; you could for instance, cook and then freeze a large batch of soup (dividing it up into individual portions), so that you can simply grab a container out of the freezer for your lunch every day.

There are lots of breakfast recipes that can be made ahead of time too; things like savoury muffins and frittatas can be prepared several days in advance and will keep well in either the fridge or the freezer.

Treat yourself to some time-saving beauty treatments

A lot of women devote much of their free time in the mornings to doing their make-up. If you'd rather not spend an hour or more on these tasks every single day, it may be wise to invest in one or two specialist beauty treatments which will enable you to look polished and presentable, without having to put in quite so much effort.

Things like cosmetic tattoos and lash extensions are great options for anyone who wants a semi-permanent alternative to using brow pencils, false lashes and mascara. The former involves using ink to fill in any gaps in a person's brows. Provided the process is carried out by a skilled and experienced beauty technician, a cosmetic tattoo can last up to a year. Lash extensions are another excellent solution for anyone who hates having to waste time putting on mascara or false lashes every morning; these will typically stay in place for about two months. You can select the curl, weight and length of the lashes, so that the end result looks exactly how you want it to.