Being a morning person is truly life-changing. Those extra hours at the start of your day can make such a difference to your success, happiness and productivity.
Getting up earlier will allow you time to work on your business, side hustles, housework, fitness, mindfulness or just simply give you the time to get ready slowly in the morning and still reach work or meetings on time.
So today I am sharing nice practical tips that are going to help you trick yourself into becoming a morning person!
9 Easy Ways To Be A Morning Person
GO TO BED EARLY
Duh? The more sleep you get, the easier you will find it to get up early. So get into bed as early as possible and make sure you get 7-8 hours every night.
Try to avoid using your phone or social media for two hours before bed to give yourself a chance to switch off and unwind. If you need something to help you settle before you can fall asleep then try reading a book for 30 minutes.
Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. Having a healthy, tasty and nutritious breakfast to look forward to in the morning can inspire you to get out of bed in time rather than hitting snooze. If you don’t have the appetite to eat first thing in the morning, then start slowly with a piece of fruit or smoothie, and build up your morning appetite over time.
Breakfast in the morning is important to kick-starting your digestion, maintaining a healthy metabolism and increasing concentration when you start your day.
DRINK ICE COLD WATER
There are debates as to whether its best to drink chilled or room temperature water for optimal health benefits. However, if you’re putting it down to just being effective in waking you up in the morning, I like to drink an ice-cold glass of water to give me a boost first thing. This tackles the feeling of sleepiness and lethargy I have when I first get out of bed.
CLEAN BEFORE BED
I like to spend 10-20 minutes before bed doing some general tidying and housework so that I can wake up to a fresh and clean environment in the morning. There’s nothing more off-putting than starting your day by walking into a kitchen which smells of used dishes or seeing dirty clothes all over your bedroom floor.
So take the time to have a quick sort-out before you go to bed so that you can look forward to starting your day in a clean and tidy space. This habit will make keeping on top of the housework more manageable as you do a little bit each day.
HAVE A PURPOSE
Have a reason for why you are getting up early in the mornings. Whether it’s to give you the time to work out, work on your business, do your chores or just to have the time alone to meditate or take a relaxing bath, this time needs to have a purpose.
If you wake up tired in the morning, you are not likely to get out of bed earlier than you need to unless you have a plan for what it is that you want to use this time for.
I like to lay out my clothes for the next day the night before so I can get ready for my day as quickly and efficiently as possible. I will also make sure that anything I am going to need for the day ahead is by the door and ready to go the night before: such as laptop, gym clothes, headphones, lunch packed etc.
Feeling organised in the morning will help you to enjoy this time. Your mornings will not become a reason to feel stressed as you won’t be flailing around looking for your keys and trying to pick an outfit when you’re running late.
SET YOUR ALARM AWAY FROM YOUR BED
I set my alarm and leave my phone to charge out in the hallway with our bedroom door open so that when the alarm goes off in the morning, I have to physically get out of bed and walk to where my phone is charging to turn off the alarm.
This makes it much less likely that I am going to go back to sleep as I am now already up and moving about, so I might as well not bother getting back in bed.
MOVE AROUND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE
Similar to the above: once you’re out of bed, stay that way. Move around, go downstairs, make your coffee, walk around the house or even go out to your garden if it helps. Do whatever you need to do to get moving around straight away as this will tackle sleepiness and you will shake off the urge to get back in bed much quicker.
START SLOWLY – SET ALARMS AND WORK BACKWARDS
Start slow. Don’t try to transition from waking up at 8am every day, to waking up at 5am overnight. It’s not going to happen, and if by some miracle you do manage it, you are going to feel dreadful.
If you try to change your sleeping pattern too quickly, you will feel so tired and run down throughout the day that it will make the whole exercise futile.
So start slowly and work backwards each day or each week. The best strategy for me was to set my alarm earlier by 15 minutes every week until I reached the time that I wanted to be getting up each day. I am proud to say I went from waking up at 8.15am to 6am every day within a few weeks, without it being too much of a painful process.
To Finish Off…
I hope this list gave you some practical tips that you can actually use to help you to wake up earlier every day. If you have any other ideas or strategies that you like to use to trick yourself into being a morning person, then please leave a comment below so that we can all learn from each other!