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Statistics show that morning people are more productive throughout the day. Starting your day off right will help you mentally and even physically tackle the rest of your day.
Becoming a morning person is part of what it takes to have a healthy morning routine. For more information on how to set up your morning routine, check out my post here.
Do you dread waking up every morning? Have anxiety the night before? Lay awake at night thinking of that huge ass list of things that need to be done?! Don’t worry boo, I got you!
Becoming a morning person if you are not used to it is not easy. However, it can be done. Below are some tips and tricks you can use to help you become the morning person you were always meant to be!
Keys to Becoming a Morning Person
You can Google the shit out of ‘how to become a morning person’ and apply all of what you find to your life and find that some or even ALL don’t work for you. Don’t put too much on your plate right out of the gate because you’ll find yourself quickly overwhelmed and go back to hitting that snooze button 17 times.
Start out small, write out a list of what you want to accomplish in the mornings…check out my post on morning routines here for some ideas. Got that list together? Ok, good, now assign each ‘task’ a time limit. This will help you gauge how long you need in the AM to do your whole routine. Knowing how long your routine will take will help you figure out what time you NEED to be waking up each day.
Set Up the Night Before
One of the biggest keys to a successful morning routine isn’t actually done in the morning. It’s done the night before. You have to set yourself up for success in order to succeed. If you don’t prep for a meeting, you feel completely and utterly unprepared, stressed out, etc. Why wouldn’t you take that approach towards your personal life as well?
Set up a KILLER evening routine (check back later for an in-depth post on that coming up soon!) For now, I’ll give ya the basics to get started. Prep your clothes, your coffee, your bag (and the kids) all the night before so you are NOT stressin’ out the morning of.
Start going to bed 15 minutes earlier every night for a week, then wake up 15 minutes earlier each day. Work yourself up to that wake-up time you are striving for, don’t go all-in on day 1 because you will not make it. I promise that if you put the work in everything will come together in time.
Physical Changes to Help
If you find yourself constantly hitting that snooze button, try moving your alarm to the other side of the room or put it in a completely different room altogether. The honest truth is that you shouldn’t be using your phone as your alarm clock. Obviously, it’s super convenient but it’s not helping you in the long run.
Try out a rise to wake clock, like the Hatch Restore, while this is on the pricey side, especially for a clock, you get a lot of features for your buck. This is a clock, alarm clock, sound machine & night light all in one. The alarm feature is a gradual alarm, so the sound & light gradually get louder/brighter to wake you up slowly. It also has different color features so you can choose to wake up to a mountain or beach sunrise.
However, if it’s out of your budget, this HeimVision Sunrise Clock is WAY cheaper and has WAY more reviews. It does have 7 different sounds and color options (with 20 levels of brightness). This clock also connects to Alexa, which is pretty effin’ cool.
Stay off your Phone!!
When you wake up, try and stay off your phone for at least 30 minutes. I know that may be tough but it really is one of the best things you can do to start your day. For me, it’s not seeing just how many emails came through from my 9-5 job right away. That usually puts me in a mood right away. You need to give yourself time to wake up both mentally and physically.
Get Some Sun & H2O!
Research shows that getting some morning sun is amazing for the mind and body! If your plan is to wake up before the actual sun (get it girl!) at least open your blinds/shades/windows.
Either place a glass of water on your nightstand or one of the very first things you do when you wake up is grab a glass and fill it with cold water. Drinking water first thing in the AM helps wake up your whole body, gets that metabolism and all of your other internal organs moving.
Working out in the morning doesn’t have to be anything crazy, you can do something as simple as a yoga routine. Or you can do a whole HIIT routine…you do you darling. Another thing you can do is just a simple stretching routine to work out any tight muscles.
Plan your Day
After you’ve gotten ready, sit down with your hot (hopefully) cup of coffee and write out what your day is going to look like. Do you or the kids have any appointments that need to be worked around…sports practices/games, etc. Then write out your top 3 tasks that MUST be done that day. Anything else can be added to this list but if it doesn’t get done, it’s not the end of the world.
Becoming a morning person can be hard, but start out slowly and work your way up to the time you feel is best for you. Start with 15 minute increments and gradually get there. Remember, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, you will get there. I promise!