How to be a morning person
Becoming a morning person was a long journey for me. Honestly, it’s still a work in progress. I remember back in the day when I couldn’t start my day before 11 am. Staying up until 3:30-4am was the norm. I remember thinking “why would I wake up at 7 am, the mall doesn’t even open until 10.” Now, I think it’s funny. It’s crazy how your mentality changes as you age. I can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve woken up at 11 am but it been a VERY long time. I feel a lot better about myself when I wake up early, it gives you a head start before everyone else.
Along the way, I have learned some tips that have been crucial to my success. I wanted to share with you my 5 tips that will really make a difference in your morning routine. These tips are the tools you need to get your day started early and hustle like a boss.
How to be a morning person: 5 tips to get your day started early
- Motivation: This is where it all begins. Why do you want to get up early? If you have no reason to wake up early, you won’t. Obviously, if you have to wake up early for your job you will. How can you keep that momentum going on your days off? For me, waking up early takes away my anxiety of “not having enough time.” Waking up early allows me to ease into my morning without feeling overwhelmed and rushed. It gives me time to drink coffee and eat breakfast. I am also able to answer comments on my youtube and blog. I am motivated to wake up early each morning to interact with all of you! Find your motivation.
- Start your morning the night before. This is SO important. There is this thing called “decision fatigue.” This means the more decisions you have on your plate, the harder they are to make. In the morning, if you have to decide what to wear, what to eat, what time to leave, what to pack for lunch etc it can become very overwhelming. You can easily make your day run smoother if you make these decisions the night before. Pick out your outfit for the next day and lay it out (just like you did in high school lol). Pack your lunch the night before. Plan your breakfast the night before. Have your water and snacks ready to go. Doing all of these things the night before will reduce the decisions you have to make in the morning and create less lag and more productivity.
5 tips to get your day started early
- Treat yo self: Motivate yourself to wake up by treating yourself to your favorite coffee. I love to make lattes in the morning. I have all of the syrups and sauces and create my own little barista experience right in my kitchen. If coffee isn’t your thing treat yourself to your favorite pastry, or your favorite tea, maybe listen to your favorite songs. Do something enjoyable when you first wake up and do it every morning. This will train your body to be excited and motivated to get out of bed to get your “treat.”
- Go to bed early: This is imperative if you don’t want to be exhausted all day. In the beginning, it may be hard to get into a rhythm but your lack of sleep will eventually catch up to you. From then on, you will go to sleep early. Just like you will get used to waking up early, you will also get used to going to bed early. It is recommended that you get 7 to 8 hours of sleep but some individuals may need a little more or less. Figure out how much you need and go to bed according to your desired rise time.
- Relaxing nighttime routine: A relaxing nighttime routine will help you relieve stress and fall asleep. For me, I love to shower or take a bath at night. I also love to read a good book for an hour or so before bed. I try to not check social media right before bed and let my mind take a break from a day worth of work. Find a nighttime ritual that makes you feel good, promotes relaxation, and motivates you to hustle the next day.
Photography Credit: Christine Michelle