I’m completely guilty of staying up until 2am, then waking up in the early afternoon, only to feel like I’ve completely wasted the day. I never understood how people could be up so early and have so much energy, until I discovered these tips to transform yourself into a morning person. If you’re anything like me, it definitely wont be easy, but it’s so worth it. We all love our sleep, so getting up early seems like it’s near impossible.
What if I told you that you could wake up early AND still feel both refreshed and awake?! I know it seems like crazy talk, but follow these steps to transform yourself into a morning person, and you will be surprised. You’ll have such a feeling of accomplishment and be much more productive than you would be if you were rolling out of bed at 2pm. Pretty soon waking up early will become a habit, and you’ll never look back to the old, lazy you.
Here are the steps I took to become a morning person!
1. Pick a set time to wake up each morning- and make it early.
I usually try to wake up at 8:30- 9. It’s not too early, but it’s enough for me to get stuff done and prepare for the day. Waking up early will also make you tired earlier, so you wont stay up till 2 am anymore. Soon you’ll see yourself naturally waking up at that time because you’re switching around your internal clock. Some days I don’t even need an alarm to wake up!
2. Go to bed early.
Obviously if you want to wake up early and actually feel awake, you’re gonna have to give up being a nighttime person. Pick a set bedtime, shut off the technology, and sleep! Something that really helped me was to develop a set nighttime routine. Do a face mask and drink a cup of calming tea to wind down before bed.
3. Upgrade your alarm clock.
I noticed I was just continually snoozing my phone alarm in my sleep, so I started to use my Fitbit! I totally recommend it because rather than making annoying sounds that will have you waking up annoyed, it wakes me up with soft vibrations on my wrist. There are so many crazy alarm clocks out there that will for sure get you up in the morning. I’ve seen ones that literally roll away from you, making you catch it to turn it off! Super extra, but I’m sure it gets the job done.
4. Make your bed as soon as you wake up.
I know it seems like such a hassle, but I’ve noticed it makes me feel more put-together in the morning, and it prevents me from crawling back in there. It’ll suck at first, but once you get into the habit, it won’t seem so bad. Also, a made bed makes your room look so much more put together, so it’s a win-win.
5. One word- coffee.
If you’re not into the whole relying on caffeine thing- to each their own, but coffee is such an essential for me to wake up early. As soon as I’m up you’ll find me brewing a cup. I usually sip on it while eating breakfast or looking through my to-do list for the day.
6. Write a to-do list the night before.
When I wake up, I start going through it right away. This helps me feel more productive early on, and I get so much done before my day even starts. This leaves more time to do fun stuff later in the day.
7. Walk outside!
The sunlight is for sure going to wake you up and make you feel good. Sit out there while you eat breakfast and soak up some vitamin D.
8. Go on a walk.
Of course going to the gym works too, but even just a brisk walk will wake you up and release good endorphins to start the day out on a good note. Working out in the morning is great because you won’t dread having to do it later. It’s out of the way and you can now enjoy the afternoon.
9. Think positively.
Positivity is everything. You should always start and end your day with it. Whether you create a list with everything that made you happy in that day, or you start the day just counting your blessings, you’ll appreciate each day more. You should never wake up dreading the day ahead, so if you do wake up on the wrong side of the bed, try to focus on all of the good that’s happening in your life.
10. Open the shades in your room.
Nothing makes me groggier than waking up in a dark room. Direct sunlight will tell your body that it’s morning, and may even wake you up naturally!
This process is going to be hard at first, but stay disciplined and you’ll become a morning person in no time. Thanks for reading!