If you were to have told me five years ago that I would become a morning person I probably would have laughed in your face. All the way through high school I considered myself a night owl. Summers were spent staying up until 2 am then sleeping in until noon. Then struggling to get back into the rhythm when school started.
The hard truth is that the world revolves around the “8-5” model. Those are the operating hours for many businesses, and that is when most people are expected to be most productive. Therefore it is advantageous to be a morning person. I am not saying I agree with this model (it seriously gets annoying at times), but you will have a hard time fighting it. Many people believe that being a morning or night person is a trait they are born with and cannot change, but the good news is that you can. Being a morning person is a state of mind and a choice. If you are ready to choose to be a morning person, I have a few tips for you.
The Night Before
One major key to becoming a morning person is to do everything that you can the night before to streamline your morning routine. Pick out what you want to wear, pack your lunch, prepare the coffee, etc. I like to do as much as possible the night before so I can spend more time doing enjoyable activities in the morning instead of starting my day stressed out.
Choose a Wake up Time
Being a morning person means waking up early and enjoying your morning. Find out when you need to be awake for school, work, or whatever it is and wake up even earlier. You can ease into this at first. Say that you know it will take you an hour to get ready before work. Start by waking up an hour and a half before you need to leave. Or you could even start off with an extra fifteen minutes instead of 30. Part of the reason we begin to hate mornings is the rush and stress they sometimes become. Having more time to yourself to relax makes them far more enjoyable. As your body acclimates to your new wake up time, you might want set it even earlier.
Set One Alarm
Once you figure out your new wake up time set one alarm. Try your very hardest not to hit snooze. The quality of sleep you get during that in between time is poor and you are just losing time in the morning. The extra annoying alarm sounds put us in a bad mood as well. As soon as you hear your alarm get out of bed.
Do an Activity
Get up and get moving. Whether it is a full workout, a walk around your neighborhood, or some yoga. Yoga is my favorite, I do some great stress relieving poses to get my day started the right way. Either way, get the blood flowing as a signal to your body that it is time to start the day. If you are not sure what to do you can always go on YouTube and search for morning workouts. They are free and you can do them at home. Here is my favorite quick yoga routine for my mornings.
Plan Your Day
Put yourself in a motivated mindset by planning out your day. List all activities you have planned and the things you need to get done. My time spent planning is one of my favorite parts of each morning. I sit down with my coffee and breakfast and put pen to paper. Having goals for the day motivates you to get more accomplished, and start the day feeling inspired.
Another great way to start your day is by writing down some things that you are grateful for. Reflect on the day before and write down all the good. Studies have proven that gratitude journals lower stress and promote calmness. Here is a great article about the benefits of showing gratitude if you want to learn more.
Sit Down to Eat
Take the time to sit down and eat a meal. Whether you want to whip up some eggs or just grab a yogurt. Find what breakfast you want to eat and sit down to enjoy your meal. I usually eat my breakfast while I plan my day. For me it’s a great time to separate myself from technology and enjoy the peace that comes with the morning.
Being a morning person is a choice. Preparing the night before, waking up early, exercising, and taking time away from technology will help you to enjoy the beginning of everyday. I really want to encourage you to do some calming activities and to slow things down. I’ve come to appreciate the quiet times in the morning more than anything else.
Have any other tips I did not mention? I’d love to hear them!