I used to think that mornings sucked. When I’d wake up I would carry an intense loathing of being up ‘too early’. I’m not even sure why I disliked mornings, but it was probably a mix of a blaring alarms and dreary weather.
Despite all of that I’ve somehow become a morning person. The earlier I get up the better, it means more time to relax into the day, and that I can spend more time being productive too!
Ditch the Alarm
The first step is to ditch the alarm. The biggest stress of waking up early is hearing your alarm screech it’s war cry in your ear…so get rid of it. Now of course this can’t be done straight away, you have to ease into it.
Start by gradually setting your alarm earlier- try 30 minutes earlier each day. Now if you’re in a huge hurry to switch your routine you’ll have to step your game up. At the start of this year I was regularly sleeping at 9am and waking up at 4pm. Yes, 4pm…in the evening. If your situation is as dire as that then you’ll just have to set your alarm several hours earlier each day.
After a couple of days you’ll notice that you’re naturally waking up at an earlier time. It shouldn’t take more than a week to start naturally waking up at your desired time! Then it’s time to ditch the alarm, you won’t need it anymore!
Don’t stay in bed! One of the biggest pitfalls of becoming a morning person is staying in bed. If you stay in bed you’ll lounge around on your phone, or fall back asleep. The next thing you know it’s midday and you’re way behind on your schedule.
The easiest way to avoid this is to just get out of bed. Each morning I don’t stay in bed for more than 10 minutes after waking up, at first it felt weird but now it’s just normal. If you’re awake you don’t have a reason to be in bed, right? Plus if you’ve got your routine sorted it means you have things to do also.
Another way to get moving in the morning is exercise. If you like workouts or going for long walks then your extra time in the morning can be great for that. As I don’t do workouts often I usually just do some stretching and aligning before everything else. That way I’m out of bed and full of energy!
Make a Routine
Having a routine takes out all of the guess work and hassle from the mornings. By streamlining what you do every morning you’re way less likely to feel stressed, or that waking up early is a chore. I’ve previously made a video about my morning routine, at the time it was new to me but now it’s very much engrained.
That’s not to say it’s monotonous or I never adapt it, but that I know exactly what I ‘need’ to do each morning. Rather than faffing around for ages. I’m not the sort of person do to 50 different things before 9am, so my routine is fairly simple. It might take you a little while to figure out but investing the time into learning what works best for you is definitely worth it.
Start making the most of your mornings. Use the extra hours however you want, just remember to enjoy it. Waking up early shouldn’t feel like a chore or something you hate. If you’re dread waking up and dread your morning routine then that’s a sign you need to make serious changes to it.
Keep in mind that mornings might not be your most energetic time. Not everyone works the same way, I feel my most energetic and motivated in the mornings. However that never used to be the way for me, and lots of people feel energetic at difference times of the day. If you’ve got the extra hours then make the most of them, mornings don’t have to suck!
Hopefully this has given you a bit of a guide on how to embrace mornings and become a bit more of a morning person. Are you already a morning person, do you have a morning routine? Let me know in the comments!