How To Become a Morning Person
We all know at least one person who seems to have it all together. You know the one — that person that wakes up at 5AM, gets in a workout and about a million other things, and still manages to show up for the day looking perfectly put together. Well if you’ve always wished this could be you, guess what — it can be.
Maybe you don’t strive to be the picture of productivity. That’s okay. There’s still huge advantages to waking up earlier. For one, it eliminates the stress that you might usually feel in the mornings. When you give yourself enough time to actually wake up and do everything you need to do before starting your day, well, your day is likely to go a lot better. And if you’re like me, and your days are completely filled with things to do and people to see, having that alone time in the morning is a lifesaver. But how can you get to the point where you wake up at the first alarm, ready to jump out of bed? I’ll tell you.
Get a Good Night's Sleep
Sure, you hear this one all the time, but that’s because it’s one of the most important steps to becoming a morning person. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’ll wake up in the morning feeling miserable, which inevitably leads to hitting the snooze button a few more times.
If you’re going to be waking up earlier, that means you need to head to bed earlier as well. You might argue that you don’t have enough time in the day as is, but trust me on this. If you’re getting plenty of sleep and a good start to your day, your productivity will increase, giving you more time at night to relax.
This might be difficult at first, especially if you're used to staying up until 1AM. But your body will adjust and eventually you’ll be falling asleep much earlier. And a little protip: sleep when you’re tired! If you’ve had a long day, and you’re ready to lay down at 8 or 9, let yourself. Your body will get the rest it needs, and chances are you’ll wake up early enough in the morning to finish anything you didn’t have time to do the night before.
Create a Nighttime Routine
Creating a nightly routine for yourself is a great way to get in the habit of falling asleep at a decent time. Pick a time in which you put down the work for the night and begin your routine — this way, you know exactly how much time you have to do what you need to before it’s time to get ready for bed.
This routine can include taking a shower or bath, doing your skincare, and watching an episode of your favorite show. Whatever helps you wind down for the night, do it. And when it’s time to lay down, use that time to disconnect from the screens. Even though you might consider scrolling through Instagram an effective method of tiring yourself out, the harsh lights from your phone or laptop can actually keep you awake. Instead, read a chapter of a book, or journal.
Let In The Light
Nothing is more effective at providing an energy boost than natural light. When you wake up in the morning and let the sunlight in, it suddenly becomes a lot easier to roll out of bed, verses when you’re laying in the dark. Even turning on a lamp first thing in the morning can help you to wake up.
As Elle Woods once said, exercise gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. By exercising soon after you wake up, not only are you getting your workout out of the way, but you’ll start your day feeling great. You’ll be happier, energized, and more motivated to eat healthy. You also won’t have that dreaded “I-have-to- workout” feeling throughout the entire day, which can negatively impact how much we enjoy our day, as well as how much we are able to get done.
Eat a Good Breakfast
This one speaks for itself. We all know how sluggish certain foods can make us feel, and that’s one feeling you definitely don’t want to have in the morning. Instead of going for a bagel with cream cheese, or some frozen waffles, make yourself a bowl of oatmeal or some eggs. Choosing foods that are high in nutrients are always the better option when it comes to nourishing your body, especially in the morning.
Do Something You Enjoy
Having something to look forward to will make your mornings a lot better. For me, it’s doing my makeup and listening to a podcast. But this could be anything, from getting to watch an hour of TV before you leave the house, to going on a long walk with your dog. Even having that extra time in the morning to get ready without feeling rushed can be your little something to look forward to.
When you allow yourself some time in the morning to do something you love, you’ll begin to enjoy waking up early, rather than dreading it. If your mornings are filled with to-do lists, you’ll be much less inclined to become the morning person you know you want to be. By seeing this time as a moment to yourself, before you have to tackle the day, it’s less likely that you’ll fall back into those habits of waking up and rushing out the door