8 Essentials for Getting Through Monday Morning

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Not a morning person? That’s ok. Mondays are tough. We know that. It’s the first hurdle in the race to get to Friday.

Being yanked from your slumber by the sound of a torturous ringtone, after 60-odd hours of freedom – possibly still without having fully recovered from Saturday night — hurts. We feel you. All respectable individuals know that Monday mornings are about avoiding face-to-face encounters with coworkers for at least three hours. No one is ready for a real conversation on the first day of the week, until at least lunchtime.

If you’ve had a big weekend, you’re going to need a little help kicking off the working week. Here’s our starter pack to help you to get out of bed and out the door on time.

This alarm clock from Philips was designed to help you wake up more comfortably. Instead of using the age-old tactic of piercing noise, the Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock eases you into the day by mimicking the sun rising. It fades in a representation of natural light while playing one of five calming wake-up sounds, including birds, a Zen garden, a gentle piano, and more.

Once you’ve managed to lift yourself out of bed, it’s time to shower. This Bluetooth® version of Lexon’s iconic radio is coated in splash-proof rubber, so you can tune into your favorite radio station, stream music, or listen to a podcast as you lather up.

To start the day feeling fresh, you need to smell fresh. Le Labo’s mandarin shower gel will sort you right out. This paraben-free, plant-based formula is made with nourishing sesame oil, toning rosemary leaf, and sunflower oil. As you stroll into the office, you’ll give off a citrusy aroma with a hint of geranium.

Once your body’s taken care of, it’s time to freshen that face. Sticking to our fruity theme, Aesop’s Amazing Face Cleanser is enhanced with mandarin rind and will effectively cleanse the skin without disturbing its natural balance. A good way to hide what’s going on inside.

Good coffee is a must. Grind’s organic coffee is roasted in London and originates from sustainable farms that guarantee fair pay. Their House Blend has notes of chocolate, hazelnut, and cream, and is the perfect pick-me-up.

This French press, designed exclusively for MoMA, will add some bold color to your kitchen worktop and is a fuss-free way to get your caffeine fix.

If you don’t have time to hang around, get that caffeine fix as you run for the subway, all while cutting down on waste armed with a collapsible mug from Soto.

Staying hydrated is essential to your health, and drinking water first thing in the morning can boost alertness as well as energy levels. Having this glass water bottle by Evian X Virgil Alboh within arm’s reach at all times will ensure you keep your fluid intake up in an elevated manner.

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