If you know me then you know I have never really been a morning person. Getting up before 9am was never going to happen. No way, no how! Hearing my Sister get up at 7.30am on the weekends used to baffle me. I always went to bed at 3am. It was just the way I lived, and I didn’t mind it.
The earliest that I ever had to start work was 12pm so I always had a couple of hours in the morning to get a few jobs done around the house. When the hours at work changed I knew that some days I would have to be up at 6.30! It was only the weekends that I had to be up earlier and I figured that would be fine, it wasn’t. My routine Monday – Friday was to go to sleep when I wanted and to get up around 9am like I had been doing for years but when it came to the weekend my body struggled because 6.30am was not part of the routine.
Thats when I realised I would have to make 6.30am my EVERYDAY routine time to rise and shine.
Becoming a morning person has changed my life. I am more productive. I found that I was able to get most of my work around the house done in the morning, giving me the rest of the day to write blog posts, hang out with my friends (which I never got to do very much before) and I leave myself enough time to get to work.
If you want to become a morning person then let me give you a little guidance. Anybody can become a morning person with just a few changes and a little patience because the transition from a night owl to morning person doesn’t happen instantly.
Step 1 – Changing your bed time
This isn’t going to be a drastic as you may think. Im going to explain how this works on the basis of the hours I used to go to sleep. So my normal bed time was 3am, the idea is to take of half an hour and do that for a week and then another half an hour and do that for a week, so on and so forth until you have reached the appropriate bed time, which in my case is 9 am. The first week I made it 2.30am, then 2am, the third week was 1.30 am. I think you get the picture. There are going to be days when it’s not possible to get to bed at 9am, I know that but for the most part this will be your routine.
Step 2 – Having a night time routine
Your body may find it a struggle to get to sleep earlier but there are a few things that you can do to help yourself relax before bed.
- Turn off electronics at least 1 hour before bed, they keep the mind active (mobiles, consoles, TVs)
- Listen to calming music (I like to listen to Yiruma piano music)
- Have a bath
- Have a cup of decaf or herbal tea
- Read a book for 30 minutes
You must try and do as many of these as you possibly can. It is so important to relax your mind.
Step 3 – Take on the morning
The most important rule here is to not hit snooze. If you are guilty of doing this then when you put you mobile away before bed just set one alarm but place your phone across the other side of the room, then you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Hopefully over time your body clock will get a re-jig and you will be able to join the 1 in 5 people who let their body naturally wake them up on time.
Alarms are never really a good thing because they sometimes force you out of a deep sleep and you’re not meant to wake up from a deep sleep, you’re supposed to pass to the lighter preparation stage first, then open your eyes. Hitting the snooze button is also a big no no for this reason too because you keep entering a deep sleep and then forcing yourself back out of it. Doing this over and over is what causes you to feel grouchy.
Step 4 – Have a morning routine
Just like you have when you prepare for bed, a morning routine is just as important. It is vital that you give yourself enough time to adjust properly. When you’re asleep at night, all sorts of things are happening, your body temperature starts to fall and your blood pressure goes down. When you wake up your body has to recognise the time.When you get up, you stand upright and you’re much more active, so your heart, and everything else, just has to work that little bit harder. It takes time for your body to get ready for that change.
I leave my phone across the room still just to be careful, once i have got up to turn it off I open my blinds and sit back on my bed. I take it 3 deep breaths and let my body and eyes adjust to the light. I take a bottle of water to bed with my and in the morning I always take a massive gulp to hydrate. I keep a dream journal which I write in every morning, you can get the same one here. This gets my brain working.
I go down stairs and make a green tea or coffee, which ever I fancy that day and some breakfast. I NEVER EAT BREAKFAST IN BED. I was always told you should always eat your meals at a table, it helps your body digest.
After breakfast I pop back upstairs to the bath room where carry out my morning skin care routine. (I may do a post on that soon, let me know below if thats something you would like to read/see). Once that is complete I head back into my room and make my bed. Making your bed is a MUST, it stops you wanting to get in it as much.
Step 5 – Exercise
Now this step might not be for everyone, some people may not like to exercise others may have their own routine/times to work out but studies have proven that exercising in the AM is one of the most effective ways to wake your brain up. In addition, those endorphins will give you a jumpstart to your day. After a morning workout I always feel refreshed, happy, and ready to tackle my day. Just 15 minutes of yoga or some stretches will do the job or if you really want to get those juices flowing go for a run, there aren’t many people out running this early so it will be peaceful.
Step 6 – Be motivated
Make sure you stick to it, even on your days off. It’s hard to get up in the morning when you have nothing to get up for. Make plans for each day, I have an Erin Condren life planner and I put in there everything I want to or need to get done for the day. Remember to live your life and be the best version of yourself.
Thank you for reading
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