I love mornings. I really do. But this wasn’t always the case. Becoming a morning person was kind of a daunting task because when people told you they are up at 5 my first thought was, “Are you crazy?!”
I used to sleep till noon (sometimes even later..) but then I realized that I’m wasting half of my day and missing out on my creative peak time! Not to mention how quiet the world is first thing in the morning. I love the night time and called myself a night owl for years but when I started tying in my sporadic moods and laziness I realized it was because I had the weirdest sleep schedule. As in I didn’t have one at all creating this forever confusing cycle of restlessness nights and days full of grogginess and grumpiness.
Since becoming a morning person I have become more positive and productive. Good things to have when you want to have a fulfilling life!
Here are my 7 tips to become a morning person – because great things happen when you have a quiet morning to yourself.
Go to bed earlier – No brainer but I think it’s easy for us to stay up past our bedtimes when we’re browsing the internet or working on an exciting project. This is going to make me sound old (or young I guess?) but I go to bed at 9:30 every night. Even on weekends if I’m not going out. I need my full 8 hours of sleep or else I never feel really rested.
Set an alarm 15 mins earlier – Every other day set your alarm and extra 15 minutes earlier than you would normally wake up. Do this till you’re away at your desired time. Don’t get discouraged if you hit the snooze button! Just try not to make that a habit. On weekdays I’m awake at 5:45 or 6 and I’m up by 7 on weekends. I really love waking up early!
Have something to look forward to – Whether it’s a cup of coffee or a yummy breakfast find something you can’t wait to wake up to. Find something you enjoy doing in the mornings. What wakes me up in the morning? Coffee, food, and writing. I’m at my most creative in the morning so I never want to sleep in because by 12 o’clock my brain turns into a potato and it takes a little more effort to be creative which is never a good thing
Nix the caffeine – Not all together of course unless you’re one of those unicorn people who don’t drink coffee. My absolute cut off time for coffee in 1 o’clock in the afternoon. If I drink coffee after this I do notice a little bit more effort in falling asleep and you don’t want that if you want to become a morning person
Have a spoonful of peanut butter before bed – As if you need another excuse to eat more PB but incase you do need some convincing, peanut butter is said to help slow digestion down and help keep nighttime hunger at bay. Who else gets nighttime munchies?
Move electronics out of the bedroom – Technology messes with our inner zen and when we have TV’s in our bedrooms (this goes for laptops to) our body gets confused. Your bedroom should only be used for sleeping. If we watch TV in our bedroom our bodies will think our bedrooms are meant for being awake and alert diminishing your chances for a good nights sleep. Keep technology out of the bedroom.
Get up and get active – Working out in the morning gets your brain flowing and releases bad toxins from your body. You’re also more likely to eat healthier during the day and having a good workout helps use up extra energy helping you fall asleep better and faster. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise a day! Walking and yoga count.
Are you a morning person? What do you do to help get your bum out of bed in the morning? Also what do you think of the Sunday Series so far? Liking it or think it’s weird? Let me know I love the feedback!