There are two types of people…Night owls and morning people. which one are you?
I used to be a night owl, I would stay up late catching up on work or catching up on housework. I used to find I was at my most motivated at night but then I stumbled across a few pins on Pinterest about becoming a morning person. I thought I would give it a go as it was meant to make me more productive and would help me start my day in a calmer mood.
I read quite a few articles to find tips and advice to help me get started, I thought the transition from night owl to morning person would be easy but if I’m totally honest it’s not easy in the beginning and you must have will power and really want to start being a morning person.
Once you make the decision to become a morning person and you push through the first week or two, it feels great waking up early and starting my day in a better mood. There are quite a few benefits from waking up early. If you are a parent, you can actually drink a whole cup of tea or coffee when it is still hot! It has been said that the first few hours after you wake up, are your most productive and your brain is at it’s best, meaning the morning is a great time to tackle your most challenging task of the day.
I have put together a quick guide of all the tips that helped me become a morning person.
Prepare the night before.
This is an important step in helping you become a morning person. Getting everything you need for the next day ready, the night before means you won’t be rushing around trying to grab everything in the last-minutes before you rush out the door. Pick out your clothes, get your bag ready, make your lunch, put your purse/wallet and keys by the front door.
Go to bed early.
It is essential that your body gets enough sleep or it can’t function properly so if you want to start waking up earlier then it’s a MUST that you start going to bed earlier. The average adult needs between 7-8 hours of sleep a night, meaning if you want to get up at 6am you should be aiming to be asleep between 10-11pm.
Create a sleep routine.
Start going to bed and waking up at the same time every night. By doing this you are setting up your own personal body clock and over a period of time your body will naturally start waking you up at that time and it will become a lot easier to get out of bed.
Don’t try to jump to an earlier time, to fast. It is advised to creep your alarm forward by 15 minutes every week until you reach your time goal. By jumping to early, to quickly you are more likely to give up because you will start to become more and more tired during the day.
Pick the right alarm.
No-one likes to be woken up by a loud, startling, horn first thing in the morning. It may be the loudest alarm you have but it is not going to help you wake up in a calmer mood. It shocks your brain into waking up and puts it into shock mode. Finding the right alarm tone can really help you wake in a better more relaxed mood. You could even try having a radio alarm so you wake up to music.
Get up as soon as your alarm goes off.
Some people can jump right out of bed the moment they turn their alarm off, for some (Me included) that is not the case but just by sitting up and swinging your legs out of the duvet can help you feel more awake and you are less likely to lay back down.
Drink a full glass of water.
You have been asleep for a long time without drinking anything, you need to re-hydrate your body first thing in the morning, this is also great way to make yourself feel more awake and refreshed. Adding a slice of lemon to your water also has great health benefits.
Getting your body moving.
If you wake up and you are feeling slightly sluggish and unmotivated, the best way to jump-start your day is by getting the blood pumping around your body. Do some physical exercise like going for a walk or even just doing some yoga or simple stretches at home can really help to make you feel more motivated.
Eat a good breakfast.
After you have got the blood pumping, it’s time to replenish your bodies energy. By getting up early you now have the time to sit down and enjoy eating a good breakfast, instead of grabbing some toast on your way out or even worse stopping at a drive through to grab your breakfast.
Create a morning routine.
Now you are becoming a morning person and have more time in the mornings, make the most of it. Write a list of all the tasks you want to get done every day in that extra time and create a morning routine around them tasks. Everyone’s morning routine will be different, you may spend your time getting yourself ready or you may spend your time getting a head-start on the housework, as long as it works for you and you are making the most of all the effort you have put in to becoming a morning person it doesn’t matter what you do. I have written a post all about my morning routine and how I use my extra time in the mornings. I will link it here.
These are the tips and advice I used every day when I first decided to become a morning person and they really helped me. I hope they help you as well.
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