5 Ways to Become a Morning Person

I have never and will never consider myself a night owl. Sure, there are the random nights that I end up staying up past my usual bed time (10pm) thanks to my out of control Netflix addiction, one too many adult drinks, or from simply losing track of time, but it does not happen very frequently. When I get up in the morning, I’m up. Ready to go, ready to sing as loud as possible. I freakin’ love the mornings.

You’re probably thinking I’m crazy (I do sleep in sometimes!) but the morning is the best time of the day to get things done – most of society is still asleep so it’s easy to stay focused, get errands done quickly, and there’s nothing better than the fresh morning air and a delicious cup of coffee. And these are all reasons that you should become a morning person, too!

5 Ways to Become a Morning Person

Becoming a morning person is easier than you would imagine and can make you feel like a whole new person. Here are five ways you can (easily!) become a morning person:

Get up and STAY up

I always seem to struggle with getting up and staying up. Half the time I grab my phone, scroll through Instagram, and end up dozing off. When you first wake up, get up out of bed, and don’t you dare get back in that bed, even to read the newspaper and drink your morning coffee. This can also be applied to being more productive – don’t let yourself get comfy and you will stay on target.

Embrace the natural light

Natural lighting is scientifically proven to wake you the fuck up. OK, so maybe I made that up, but it could be true (don’t forget you probably believed my scientific statement). When we sleep, many of us normal human beings need darkness so any sort of light source typically wakes you up. Embrace the natural light, leave your blinds open or cracked enough to get the light into your room. If you have the typical corded blinds like I do (I have no idea what they’re called but they’re your typical blind), you can easily crack them to get the light in.

Break up with your snooze button

Pressing the snooze button is one of the hardest habits to break (I’m a recovering snooze button addict myself), so I find that treating the snooze button like a nasty ex that you’re trying to avoid like the plague works best. Set your alarm and put it across the room so that you physically have to get out of bed – which not only wakes you up but forces you to physically get out of bed (AHEM tip number one). You could also be a total bad ass and keep your alarm next to you, refrain from clicking snooze, and just get up. I know you can do it, no matter what route you decide to take.

Set a morning routine

Getting into a routine allows your body to know what to expect. Not to mention, becoming a morning person is basically getting yourself in a routine anyways, so going above and beyond that just means you’re an over achiever.

Whether you start your morning with coffee, exercise, or even use of technology (even though its scientifically proven to poor for your health first thing in the morning), you are getting your brain active and awake. I personally start my morning off with a quick workout and a nice, hot shower. Getting ready for the day always helps me keep my eye on the prize (pizza).

Limit your nightly tasks

Give yourself a time when you will, no matter what, stop the tasks you are doing and relax. One of the keys to becoming a morning person is to go to bed on time and give your brain ample time to chill out before you lay down. You know all of those thoughts that swirl around in your brains when your head hits the pillow? They’ll slow down if you take time to relax. Try giving yourself a technology-free hour to get yourself feeling zen (catching up on reading and stretching are my go-to).

Are you a morning person or a night owl? What is your secret to becoming a morning person?

38 Comments

  1. March 30, 2016 / 9:02 AM

    Great post, totally need more natural light in my life.

    For getting mental clarity very quick I’ve found that a cold shower is awesome. I can only stand it for about 15 breaths, but I’ve read that some people do 5 minutes or more.

    • March 31, 2016 / 1:02 PM

      Taking a cold shower is a great idea! I usually only take them in the summer or after an ass kicking work out!

  2. March 30, 2016 / 11:05 AM

    Love this. I have been trying to become more of a morning person and it is tough :/ the get up and stay up tip is so true, but so difficult some days! One thing that has helped me is planning out my breakfasts… im a food lover so having a meal to look forward to gets ke out of bed (pathetic, i know). Definitely going to try leaving my blinds open now, great idea!!

    • March 31, 2016 / 1:01 PM

      I’m a huge fan of breakfast so I totally get you on that one!

  3. March 30, 2016 / 11:37 AM

    I definitely need this! I only hit the snooze button once this morning and that was a major victory. I’m trying to go screen-free at night too but it’s so hard, especially when I hear my phone go off right as I close my eyes. xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

    • March 31, 2016 / 1:00 PM

      YOU GO GIRL! That’s quite the accomplishment! I avoid the phone problem by keeping my phone on silent (not even on vibrate) after a certain time in the evening!

  4. March 30, 2016 / 11:42 AM

    I am definitely a morning person as well. I love getting stuff done early and getting to already feel accomplished before others are even getting up!

    • March 31, 2016 / 1:00 PM

      YES! It’s the best feeling!

  5. March 30, 2016 / 11:44 AM

    Such a wonderful post! I am also a morning person and agree with all of these. More people should check out the world before 5am, they’ll never know what their missing. And I also have a Netflix problem that keeps me up sometimes lol Thanks for posting.

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:59 PM

      Netflix is my greatest (and worst) addiction! It definitely keeps me up some nights but I love getting up early either way!

  6. March 30, 2016 / 11:47 AM

    I am and probably always will be a night owl, but I would love to be a morning person instead. I feel like I could get so much done, if I could only convince myself to get out of my warm cozy bed!! The struggle is real!

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:59 PM

      The struggle is very real! I love getting up early and getting all of my boring crap out of the way and have the whole day to do whatever I want!

  7. March 30, 2016 / 11:53 AM

    I love everything about this! I used to be a huge morning person but lately have been struggling with getting up in the morning. I wrote a similar article on my blog a few weeks back in hopes that it would motivate me to get back into a morning routine. Thanks for sharing!

    Becca | http://www.whiskeygoldblog.com

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:58 PM

      Thanks Becca! I feel you on getting back into the routine. I noticed that sometimes depending on my course loud I’m lazier than normal!

  8. March 30, 2016 / 12:20 PM

    These are great tips, waking up in the morning can get very hard for me but for some reason I am always in a good mood!

    My Vogue style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:57 PM

      Thanks Camila! Hey, even if it’s hard at least you’re in a good mood!

  9. March 30, 2016 / 12:39 PM

    Hi Rachel,
    Great tips for how to become a morning person 🙂 I am SO not lol These are awesome tips for me, thanks!!!

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:56 PM

      You are very welcome Joan! I hope they help you feel more energized the mornings!

  10. Olivia
    March 30, 2016 / 12:53 PM

    This is so helpful! I start a job after graduation that will require me to me a morning person!
    -Olivia
    http://www.missoliviasays.com

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:56 PM

      Congrats on getting a job! That’s awesome!

  11. March 30, 2016 / 1:13 PM

    I definitely hit the snooze button too much! I may have to try some of these.

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:55 PM

      Before I broke up with my snooze button, I was clicking it at least 10 times before getting up!

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:51 PM

      Thanks girl! We all definitely need some night owls in our lives to help spice things up!

  12. March 30, 2016 / 3:01 PM

    These are such great tips. Someday, I would like to be a morning person. Today is not that day, but perhaps in the future!!! 🙂

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:49 PM

      Thanks so much Cassie! Maybe not today but I have faith in you!

  13. March 30, 2016 / 4:42 PM

    I’m “lucky” in that the curtains I chose for my bedroom are a beige fabric that allows natural light in. I credit that to being able to get up in the morning! The snooze button is definitely my worst enemy: I am always so groggy after I snooze a few times.

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:48 PM

      When I first moved into the apartment I’m living in now, I was so mad that the shades let in so much natural light in the mornings but now I definitely take advantage of it!

  14. March 30, 2016 / 5:52 PM

    I’m not a morning person and starting to think I never will be, but these tips are helpful! I’ve always been a night owl and much like one of your tips suggest, I need relax at night and go to bed at a reasonable hour. I always set out to do so, but find myself constantly pushing my bed time later and later! Thanks for the post!

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:47 PM

      Hey – we can’t all be morning people or night owls! When I do end up staying up late I tend to push my bed time back later and later as well!

  15. March 30, 2016 / 8:42 PM

    I love this post! I always put my alarm 30 minutes before I need to wake up because I keep hitting the snooze button. Your post totally helped~
    xo
    Sophie
    Smitten Sophie

    • March 31, 2016 / 12:46 PM

      Since I gave up the snooze button I’ve been able to wake up without an alarm and it’s absolutely fabulous! I’m so glad I could help!

    • April 5, 2016 / 3:51 PM

      You’ll get the hang of it!

  16. April 2, 2016 / 7:14 PM

    I love this post! I’ve never really considered myself a morning OR a night person – I guess I am kind of in-between. Lately though I’ve been making a push to start my days earlier. The morning routine, especially, is something I’ve found so valuable in getting into this habit.

    Xx Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

    • April 5, 2016 / 3:44 PM

      Nothing wrong with a little in-between! I always loved the freshness of the morning and the ability to get stuff done before everyone else is up!

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