I used to loathe waking up early. It would take me forever to get out of bed, I would stumble my way to the kitchen to get coffee, and move around like a zombie as I was getting ready for the day.
But now? I actually love waking up early and I honestly hate sleeping in. (Whenever I say that to friends, they look at me like I have 2 heads, but that’s okay!) I wake up feeling great, take some time to practice gratitude and meditation, and get started on my work much earlier.
Benefits of waking up early:
- There’s no need to rush to get ready.
- You’ll have increased productivity.
- Studies show it puts you in a better mood.
- You’ll do a better job during the day.
- It gives you extra time to yourself.
- Much more! 🙂
Waking up early honestly changed my whole day. It made more of an impact than you would think. Having a happy morning and successful morning routine sets the tone for the day and just makes you feel a lot happier in general. Plus I get a lot more work done a lot earlier, which leaves me more time to do what I want to later on in the day.
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Here are some of my best tips for becoming a morning person:
Create a bedtime routine.
Creating a bedtime routine to do before you go to bed each night will make your night much easier, which will make your morning more enjoyable. It doesn’t have to be some big, fancy, complicated routine either. Actually, simple and easy is better! Just do whatever works for you but try to get into the groove of doing it every night to make sure it becomes routine.
Go slow and steady.
You can’t expect to go from waking up at noon every day to waking up at 5:00 AM everyday all at once. You have to start doing it gradually. If you usually wake up at noon but want to start waking up earlier, set your alarm for 11:45 for a few days, then 11:30, etc. Go slowly. But once you start waking up at the time you want to, keep waking up at that time. Consistency is key and once you start waking up early – at the same time everyday – it will get easier and easier. It becomes a habit, and pretty soon you probably won’t even need an alarm anymore.
Get enough sleep.
This is all common sense, but – you can’t stay up late and expect to wake up early feeling refreshed and ready for the day. You probably already know this but the recommended amount of sleep for an adult is between 7-9 hours. This amount of sleep is important so that your body gets enough rest, and has enough time to move through its sleep cycle successfully.
Don’t hit snooze!
Seriously, don’t. I know it’s tempting and this is the thing that was hardest for me to overcome. But when you hit snooze and go back to sleep, your body starts to re-start its sleep cycle. And when you keep waking up over and over, you’re interrupting it – which causes you to feel even more tired than you would have if you had just gotten up the first time.
Plan ahead to make things easier.
Every night before you go to bed, make a to-do list or daily goals for the next day – that way you know exactly what you need to do when you wake up. Make this a habit, because it will save you time and make your mornings much smoother and easier. I also set out my clothes for the next morning. Most people tend to have more energy and feel more put together when they’re… well, put together. Planning out your outfit saves time the next morning and allows you to get dressed right when you wake up, which will help you feel awake faster.
Take some time to relax…
Have a cup of coffee, read a book, practice gratitude, draw, do some yoga, meditation, or journaling. Do something relaxing that stimulates your mind, so that you can peacefully wake up and be ready for the day.
…then get movin’.
If you’re into exercise, start working out in the morning. Do some yoga, lift some weights, go for a walk, jog, bike ride, etc. This will help you wake up, no doubt. It will also help you feel more energetic and productive so that you can get more done.
Create the morning you want.
What do you want your morning to be like? What do you want to do with your mornings? Do you want to watch the sunrise, take a bubble bath, eat breakfast in bed? If you wake up early, you can have some time to yourself – so create a morning like the kind you envision, and make it happen. Give yourself a reason to want to get out of bed. Give yourself something fun to do so that you’re excited to wake up.
Keep water by your bed.
Keep a glass of water next to your bed. As soon as you wake up, drink the whole glass. It will hydrate you, wake you up quickly, and help you feel energized right when you wake up. This makes getting out of bed a lot easier.
Change your alarm tone.
Try not to set an annoying alarm tone because that will make you feel annoyed right when you wake up. Change it to your favorite song, or a song that you enjoy, that way you wake up more relaxed and happy.
Put your cell phone in a coffee mug.
Yes, seriously. If you have a hard time waking up from your alarm, this is my secret trick. 😉 If you, like me, use your phone as an alarm clock, put it in a coffee mug. This will make your alarm so much louder, you can’t help but wake up – trust me, it works. If you need extra help, set the coffee mug across the room so you have to get up and walk over to it to turn it off. That way, you force yourself to get up.
Question: Are you a morning person? Do you have any tips for becoming one?