I was never really a morning person. Then I had kids and I quickly realized that needed to change. As a mom, the only time I had to myself was at night, after the kids went to bed. That is when I veg out, relax with my husband, watch TV and read.
However, there was a self-care element that was missing. I never felt like working out at night. I didn’t want to think about long-term goals or learning new things. I was too exhausted! I decided I would commit to exercising in the morning and I started waking up before my son.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that my new routine was making me a happier person. I LOVED my morning time to myself and the positive effects lasted throughout the day. I finally understood why some people wake up so darn early. It is truly awesome. If you have never been a morning person, or think you cannot become one… I am asking you to give it a try.
5 Tips for Becoming a Morning Person
- Go to Bed Earlier: I know, I know. You are probably saying, “Thank you, Captain Obvious!” But seriously, if you want to wake up earlier without feeling like crap, then you need to get more sleep. That means setting a bedtime! It is easy to stay up late mindlessly checking social media or binge-watching TV shows. For the first few weeks, you may need to force yourself to go to bed earlier, but you will thank me later.
- Stop Drinking Alcohol: I love my wine, but I realized drinking was messing up my sleep. Not only did I stay up later since I was drinking, but my sleep quality was suffering as well. When I wake up in the middle of the night after a few drinks, I would feel serious anxiety. It would take me forever to fall back asleep. After being up most of the night, I would just ignore my early morning alarm. I decided to try to stop drinking during the workweek and I’ve noticed a HUGE difference. I fall asleep easier and when I do wake up in the middle of the night (I am a super light sleeper) I usually fall back asleep a short time later. No more middle of the night anxiety! WOOHOO! If you are serious about waking up earlier, you have to cut out the drinking.
- Meditate Before Bed: I love meditating now and I am starting to get better at it. Recently, I started incorporating a nighttime meditation into my evening routine and I feel like it helps me sleep better. I love the free meditations on the Simple Habit app. (not sponsored, lol)
- Get an Immediate Boost: This is a GREAT tip if you are just starting your early morning routine. I keep a small cup of black iced coffee in the fridge and my husband brings it over when my alarm goes off. (he gets up before me) Back in the day I used to keep a caffeine pill next to my bed, but that probably isn’t healthy. (whatever, it worked) That jolt of caffeine on an empty stomach is just what I need to GET UP.
- Turn on the Lights: This is another biggie. As soon as your alarm goes off, turn on the lights. I have a lamp on my nightstand and as soon as I hear my alarm I just click it on. Sometimes my eyes aren’t even open yet. Having the lights on will help your body wake up. This light-up alarm clock (affiliate link) has great reviews, but I am too cheap to buy one. If you have it and it works, let me know!!
Another big motivator to becoming a morning person is having a morning routine that you LOVE. Be sure to check back here on Thursday when we will tackle that issue! You can be a morning person and I promise it will help you feel happier and healthier! Also, be sure to follow me on Instagram since I often share my morning moments there! (including my fancy workout pajamas! ha!)