This title should really say “How I: Am Trying To Become A Morning Person But It’s A Bumpy Road To Get There And I’m Actually Not Even There Yet.
But that’s too wordy so I shortened it significantly. Now, I want to preface this post by saying that I am NOT a morning person. I never have been. A morning person has always seemed like a mythical creature to me, and I’ve always viewed myself to be in the there’s-no-way-I’ll-ever-be-one category. I am intrigued though. They say success starts with your morning, so my goal is to become a morning person. Or at least a person who wakes up early and gets things done while I stumble around in a stupor? I want to share a few tips with you about how to pry yourself out of a warm cozy bed and tolerate embrace your mornings. Please note that this blog post comes from a lot of research on this topic, as well as some trial and error on my end. I have not arrived.
1. Figure out WHY you want to get up early.
If you’re getting up early simply because that’s what you think you should be doing? It will be easy to not follow through when your alarm goes off in the morning. Do you want to get a workout in? Have time to drink coffee before the kids wake up? Spend some time reading before you race off to the office or school? Your reason can be as simple as you would like, just as long as it had a “why” behind it.
2. Sleep with the curtains open.
Now, hear me out. I am the poster child of having my curtains closed with no lights on (not even the tiny one from my Apple TV) to achieve complete darkness before bed. BUT, I read something a few months ago about how sleeping with your curtains open allows for your body to wake up naturally with the sun. So, Michael and I have been doing it, and it really helps me to feel more alive each morning. At least try it. If you hate it you can blame me and never read my blog again.
3. Prepare the night before.
I have been trying this for the past few weeks (not perfectly, mind you) and it has made my mornings so much easier! I have a nightly checklist that I keep so that I don’t miss anything to be prepared for the morning. And yes, I actually wrote it down so I don’t forget something and have to scramble for it in the morning. These are my to-dos for each night, but you can adapt it for any stage of life that you may be a part of:
– Lunch prepped and packed
– Outfit chosen and laid out
– House tidy (this simply helps me feel more at peace in the morning, so I am not distracted with cleaning while also trying to get ready)
– Purse packed (wallet, keys, or anything else that is essential for my day)
– Coffee laid out and ready to brew (if applicable to my morning).
– A plan for what I am going to eat for breakfast so that I’m not trying to decide what to eat in the morning
4. Do something you enjoy when you first wake up.
Maybe you’re one of those
insane people who likes to get a workout in first thing in the morning. Or perhaps you just want to sit an drink a cup of coffee and stare into space (or is that just me?). Maybe reading a book that you’ve been looking forward to sounds like an enjoyable morning to you. Whatever it is, make it something that is life-giving so that you’re motivated to actually wake up to do it. Now, I know that your entire morning might not be enjoyable, but include something that you love so that you can have s reason to wake up. Research shows that the mood you have in the morning will affect your entire day.
5. Baby steps.
Deciding you want to start embracing your mornings by immediately getting up 2 hours earlier than you normally do might be a hard habit to stick with. I was in the routine of waking up at 7:30 when I first decided to start getting up early. I had mastered how to get ready for work in 35 minutes. And no, I’m not proud of it. But, BABY STEPS y’all. I started by waking up at 7:15 and slowly set my alarm for earlier and earlier. I am now getting up at 6:30 and would eventually like to get to 5:30 or 6, but that comes with TIME. Give yourself grace, even 5 minutes earlier every few days is progress. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were my early mornings. Shout out to Michelle for backing me up on this, she wakes up at 4:45 each day – so she’s officially more committed than I will ever be.
6. Get enough sleep.
Don’t tune me out here, we’re almost done! I am not the kind of person who can run on 5 hours of sleep. You really don’t want to be around me if that ever happens. A solid 7-8 hours is crucial for me, but it may not be like that for you. I will say though, less than 6 hours of sleep has major side effects, so make sure you’re catching enough Z’s at night! Things that help me:
– No screens 30 minutes before bedtime. GUYS. I hated when I kept reading articles talking about the negative effects of looking at your screen before bed (and no, while Night Shift on your phone HELPS, it doesn’t fix the problem). I was always on my phone before bed (watching Netflix, scrolling Instagram or playing a riveting game of solitaire). However, I just started reading (a REAL book – nothing electronic) before bed while drinking tea and YALL. It’s life changing. You should at least give it a try one night.
– Have a bed time. Go to bed at the same time each night. This can be such a struggle, especially on the weekends. But sticking to a bed time each night has been a game changer for me. I don’t do it perfectly, but I’m getting much better.
Okay, that’s all I have for now. This is not a definitive list, but these are things that have really helped Michael and I be early(ish) risers. This isn’t for everyone, but I wanted to share for those of you working on this as well. If you have any tips to share please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you all! See ya Monday 🙂 Happy weekend, friends!