How to become the morning person you always wanted to be.
For years and years I hated waking up and you couldn’t talk to me before 10am. I snoozed as long as possible and even longer. You get it, I was a disaster in waking up. But now, I see the positive effects of waking up early. I remember the times my mom and dad tried to get me out of bed every morning again. And me not wanting to leave my bed. But it all has changed now. And I set my alarm for 7 am every morning. Yes, also when I am working from home and don’t have to start before 8.30am. And in the weekend I set my alarm for 8am or 8.30am (depending on the night before). I see so many positive effects that I would love to share them with you. Here are my 10 tips to become a morning person.
- Decide for yourself why you want to become a morning person.
Do you want to sport before work/school, do you own a business you need to do work for or do you like meditating? Whatever the reason is, get that straight for yourself and make sure it is worth it.
- Go to bed early.
No, you don’t need to be in bed by 8pm. But try to get 7 to 8 hours sleep per night. That means don’t go to bed later than 11pm.
- Get yourself a night and morning routine.
If you have a routine before getting to bed (preferably one that makes you sleepy) it will help you fall asleep faster. If you have a morning routine, it will help you wake up easier. I start with a cup of coffee every morning. I know what I wake up for and I can’t resist some good coffee. But maybe for you it is tea or a quick morning run. Find out what works for you.
- DO NOT SNOOZE.
This is such an important one. I was the world champion in snoozing. But now, never. If you wake up by your alarm, stay awake. Once you will fall asleep again, it is so much harder to wake up and leave your bed. So awake is awake. No more sleep after the first alarm.
- Get up at the same time every day.
If you do this for a while your body will get used to it. It’s called your biological clock. Your body knows when it’s time to rise and shine and eventually you won’t even need an alarm anymore!
- Start moving.
Go for a run in the morning and you will be more awake than ever. Not a runner? No worries try 10 jumping jacks in place or 5 minutes of jumping ropes. No way you want to go to bed after that. And this may sound terrible in the beginning and it might feel that way. But you will get used to it and it will feel great to do some moving in the morning.
- No computer or phone screens after 9pm.
We all know that the light our screens give are not helping us to fall asleep. In fact, it will disturb your sleep. I notice myself that I sleep so much better if I don’t use any screens after 9. When I do, I have a hard time falling asleep and I wake up in the night.
- Make sure your alarm is out of reach.
This way, you have to move and preferably get out of bed to turn your alarm off. I don’t think you will go back after that.
- You give yourself time to think of what you are grateful for.
It’s important to do self-reflection. What are you grateful for? Just write 3 things down every morning and you will see life totally different after some period of time. Trust me, in a positive way.
- Have something to wake up for.
Such an easy one, right?! Make sure you do something you love in the morning. You will have all the motivation and discipline to get out of bed if you can do something you truly like.
So, what do you think? Motivation enough right. Try this for 2 weeks and see how you like it. I surely did.