So you want to be a morning person right? Well, let me be straight with you. It is hard and takes a lot of discipline. And lots of coffee! I want to share with you some things that I have personally done to help me become a morning person. So I hope this post will help you become one!
Having a night routine
You want to try to set yourself up for a good night’s rest. Make your environment calm and relaxing. Maybe you can read a book or listen to some music.
After I put my daughter to bed, I try to clean up the kitchen and the living room so I don’t have to worry about it the next morning. Something I will be incorporating into my nighttime routine with be reading my bible. I tend to do it in the mornings but doing it at night actually helps me relax and think about spiritual things before bed.
A nighttime routine also depends on your job too so figure out what works best for you. If you come home from work late and you’re tired, then just head to bed. No need to keep yourself up for a night routine.
Keeping the screens away
When you are watching T.V. or on your phone right before you sleep, it makes it harder for you to get up in the morning. Those screens tend to make you feel like it’s still daylight outside. It doesn’t help to adjust your mind and body to know that it’s nighttime.
You need to have that relaxed setting like in your nighttime routine. Maybe 30 minutes before heading to bed put away the T.V. or phone and start your nighttime routine. It also helps if you don’t have a T.V. in your room.
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep!
It is so important to get enough sleep at night and this is something that can really take some discipline. Sleep is what recharges our body for the next day. It also helps boost our immune system especially when fighting a cold.
I have to admit it’s hard not to stay up and check on your phone or play video games late in the night. I use to play on my Nintendo 3DS almost every night. I would stay up late and wonder why I was so tired the next morning. There is a time and place for everything but try to put your health above meaningless tasks. It’s all about prioritizing.
Wake up at a consistent time.
If you have a set time to wake up every morning, your internal clock will adjust to your routine making it easier to get up. I try to go to bed around 10 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. every day. Something that worked for me was just gradually getting up early.
For example, I started at 7 a.m. then to 6:30 a.m and now to 6 a.m. I will soon be moving my wake up time to 5:30 a.m. and will stick with that. It’s a little goal I set for myself. So when you have a certain time you want to wake up to, start off small and work your way up to make those changes. Once you make that change, stick with it.
As soon as you wake up, get moving.
This one is really tough. Being in your nice warm comfy bed makes it difficult to get out of it. If I could, I would just stay in bed all day long. Getting up as soon as your alarm goes off helps you wake up. Don’t think, just do it!
No no no… Do not touch that snooze button. If you stay in bed, it will just make you feel even more groggy trying to get up a second time. This is where you need that discipline.
If you wanted, you can move your alarm somewhere across the room. You will physically have to get up and turn that thing off. Now, this doesn’t work for everyone. You may have your partner in the room with you and don’t want to wake them up or, like me, have your child’s crib in your room. So it depends on your situation if that’s something you can do.
Do you like exercising at home or going to the gym? Maybe that could be something you can incorporate into your morning routine so that it can help you get up and stay awake. I personally don’t exercise (though I need to) but it’s something I have considered doing in the mornings.
Have something to look forward to.
Is there something the next day or week that you are excited about? Maybe there is a small project you would like to work on for yourself or for someone else. Like I mentioned above, maybe you love going to the gym. Even a cup of some yummy coffee may get you excited. Find some kind of motivation to wake up in the mornings. I really look forward to working on my blog because it gives me a sense of accomplishment and honestly it’s just fun. Also, the mornings are kind of like my me time. The baby isn’t awake and I have time all to myself.
This motivation can play a super important factor on whether you can make mornings work or not. Ask yourself why you want to get up early.
I do hope these tips help you become a morning person. It’s what helped me. Do you have any other tips to share? What has worked for you? Leave a comment below and let me know. 🙂 Thank you for reading!