How to be a morning person
A lot of people struggle to wake up early and stay awake throughout the whole day. Your alarm goes off and you hit snooze, and it goes off again, you hit snooze because you are continuously making excuses as to why you don’t have to wake up early. Every time you hit snooze you try and convince yourself that it won’t take as long as you think it will to have breakfast or pack your bag. As a result, you start the day already running behind. Here are 10 ways to be a morning person and take the stress out of your days.
1. Write a morning routine
Without a plan, when you start waking up early you will probably just meander around aimlessly. You might even get bored and go back to sleep. To get you cracking from the moment you wake up, you can either write a routine with set times to do everything (7:00 am – wake up, 7:05 am – get dressed) or you can do it without times if that works better for you (wake up, get dressed). Try and stick to the list but you might need to alter it a bit depending on the day and what you have planned.
2. Write a to-do list
It’s best to do this the night before. Write down everything you need to do the next day. Don’t write too many things on it, only the most important things for the day. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to complete your list, but do try your hardest. If you know what you are going to do that day you will be more motivated to wake up early and get things done.
3. Make your bed
Make your bed as soon as you get up. When your bed is made it is a lot harder to just slip right back in and go back to sleep. When your bed is made you start the day on the right foot and you will be more productive throughout the day. day. Plus it will make your room look tidier and it will be nice to get back into at night. Who knows where making your bed each day could take you:
4. Set your alarm
Just set one alarm!! When you use more than one alarm, you are setting yourself up for failure before you even fall asleep. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, set your alarm for a reasonable time, 30-60 minutes earlier than you wake up currently is a good rule of thumb. Then as your body adjusts to waking up early you can slowly push back the time. DON’T HIT SNOOZE!!!
5. Open the curtains
Open the curtains or blinds as soon as you wake, letting the light in will help you wake up and stay awake. Your biological clock (or circadian rhythm) controls your body and tells it when it’s time to sleep and to be awake. Your eyes are connected to this clock so when it’s bright your body wants to be awake, and when it’s dark your body wants to be asleep.
6. Exercise in the morning
Exercising in the morning gets the blood flowing which will get your adrenaline up and help you stay awake. Even if you just do 10-star jumps or 2-minutes of jogging on the spot you will feel much better. Being active first thing helps you wake up and stay awake.
7. Drink cold water
When you first wake up, you haven’t had any water for at least 8 hours, so you need to hydrate yourself. You will immediately feel energized and ready to take on the day. Plus it is really good for you and you will feel well for the rest of the day.
8. Prepare for the morning
Whether you need to pack your bag or lay out an outfit, you need to prepare for the next day before you go to sleep. You will find that you will be much more efficient in the morning and you are more motivated to get out of bed when you know that everything is ready for you.
9. Remember the benefits
Before you start your early morning journey you may like to write a list of reasons why you are waking up early (e.g. get more things down). When you are feeling particularly uninspired in the morning you can refer to your list and remember why you are doing this. It will help keep you on track to making early rising a habit.
10. Go to bed earlier
This seems obvious but it’s the most important step. Go to bed at a reasonable hour and you will be able to wake up earlier!! This probably means putting your devices away much earlier and picking up a book instead.
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