How To Become a Morning Person
If you’re someone who tends to struggle every morning just to get out of bed then you, my friend, have come to the right place.
I’ve spend a majority of my life just accepting the fact that I will forever loath mornings. Between the sound of that dreaded alarm and trying to do my make up with my eyes barely open, having a “good morning” felt like something that was always so far out of reach.
After a little bit of soul searching and self reflection, I knew that this was no way to live.
Mornings aren’t optional. They are going to come whether you like it or not, so why not learn to love them?
That’s when I decided to take charge and make some changes. Yes, it was difficult. There were even some mornings where I said screw it and hit the snooze button just a few more times to get a couple extra minutes of sleep.
But just because some mornings were harder than others (probably because of a few late night Netflix binges) doesn’t give me an excuse to fall out of routine. And as the days went by, I could feel each morning getting a little bit easier and before I knew it, I was actually looking forward to waking up early.
Yep, you heard that right. I, someone who absolutely despised waking up any earlier than I needed to, actually learned how to love early mornings.
I’m going to share everything that I did (and still do today) that helped me become a morning person.
But, before we dive into that, ask yourself this question first…
Why do you want to become a morning person?
Ah, yes. The million dollar question.
We all have our own reasons for wanting to make this kind of change. Whether it’s because you just recently got a new job that requires you to wake up earlier than you’re used to or because you just feel like you need a more positive change in your life, whatever it is, figuring out the reason why you want to become a morning person is going to make this whole process so much easier for you and the chances of you giving up will be significantly less.
And this goes for anything that you wish to change, once you understand the “why’s”, everything else will just kind of fall into place.
So, now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about…
How becoming a morning person is going to benefit your life
Every day begins with a morning – and that morning will set the tone for how the rest of your day will go.
I’m sure at one point in your life you’ve felt like there just isn’t enough time in a day to get everything done or to do the things you’ve been wanting to (don’t worry, you’re not alone).
If you start waking up at 5AM instead of 8, that’s a whole three extra hours added onto your day! Think of all the things those three hours will allow you to do. I’m not saying that you have to make that big of a jump, because I get it, it’s hard. Start with baby steps and work your way to where you want to be.
Becoming a morning person is just one of many steps to living a healthier lifestyle. (You can read more about living a healthy lifestyle here!)
Waking up earlier than you need to will give you time to eat a good breakfast, practice good and thorough hygiene, exercise, and anything else that you want to add to your morning routine. It will make your mornings more enjoyable.
Let’s jump into a few different things you can do to initiate this change.
Don’t stay up passed your bedtime
Getting the right amount of sleep every night is definitely your first step to becoming a morning person. Figure out what time you want to wake up and go to bed 8 hours prior.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be asleep at that time, but even just being in bed and doing something as simple as reading until you fall asleep will give your body time to relax and unwind from the hectic day you just had.
Pro Tip: Keep way from your cell phone about an hour before you want to be asleep. Being on your electronics when you’re trying to go to sleep actually delays your internal clock – meaning it will be more difficult for you to actually fall asleep.
Once you start getting proper sleep, waking up in the morning will be so much easier (for obvious reasons). So do yourself a favor, set a bedtime for yourself, and honor it.
Give yourself something to look forward to every morning
Find something that you love to do and start doing it in the morning, whether it’s exercising, yoga, watching your favorite TV show or reading a good book. It can be literally anything, as long as it brings you joy.
Learn how to actually make time for yourself in the morning. Not only will it make it so much easier to wake up, but it’s a great way to start the day on a positive note.
Create a solid morning routine
Having a schedule for you to follow every morning will help ease any stress you have on trying to get everything done.
We’ve all had days were it’s just nothing but chaos, where everything seems more difficult than usual to get everything done on time. But when you have a routine that you follow daily, it will actually give you time to sit, breathe, and get ready for the day.
If you’re going to be busy all day, why not give yourself a few hours of peace when you wake up?
Don’t hit that snooze button
Although it might be a bit more difficult in the beginning, once you train your mind to wake up as soon as that first alarm goes off, the rest will be a piece of cake.
There really is no trick into making this easier, but it all begins with your mindset. Go to bed the night before telling yourself that you are not going to press snooze.
There will be so many reasons to hit that snooze button just one more time, but just remember the reason why you’re not going to.
Mornings don’t have to be difficult.
It all begins with you and the decision to do what you say you’re going to do. Commit to yourself and make the change that’s going to improve your life in more ways than one.
Learn to put yourself first – it is okay to be selfish sometimes, and if becoming a morning person is something that you truly want to do then I’m here to say that it is one hundred percent possible as long as you are willing to fight your natural instincts and set your mind to it.