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!
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?