2016 is slowly coming to an end, so it’s definitely not too early to start thinking about our goals for the new year and dare I say resolutions. My goal for 2016 was to live a happier and more productive life, which I can say I achieved! I know a lot of people want to become a morning person, but don’t know where to start or are unmotivated. I used to be night owl and never thought I would ever enjoy waking up early, but productively using my time in the morning is something that now brings me joy. Today I’m sharing how I taught myself to wake up earlier and make the most of my mornings, along with some tips for anyone that are aspiring to achieve the same goal.
Being a morning person isn’t a secret club–anyone can train themselves to become one as long as you truly want it. Being able to wake up and physically get out of bed is a habit, just like brushing your teeth. Unfortunately, habits don’t form overnight, so it does take some time. Experts say that it can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks up to months to form a new habit–it really depends on the person. For me, it took about 2-3 weeks to adjust to my new sleep schedule and morning routine. It may seem daunting and unachievable at first, but one your brain catches up on your new rhythm, waking up early will become second nature.
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*Tip: Try going to sleep 15 minutes earlier each night.
Create a Night Routine
Having a routine before bed will trick your body to shift into sleep-mode. Once 9:30 rolls around the switch in my brain turns on that it’s time to get ready for bed. My night routine consists of removing my makeup and cleansing my face, brushing my teeth, doing some yoga, lying down, writing in my journal, and planning for the next day. I also try to squeeze some reading in if I’m not too tired.
*Tip: Set a time when you stop getting on social media which helps fight against distractions and filling your mind with things you don’t need to think about before bed. Mine is after 10pm.
*Tip: Try adding a mantra to your morning by taking a couple of minutes to quietly repeat a positive phrase to yourself. You’ll be surprised at how effective something so simple as repeating “Today will be a great day” or “I am grateful for _____” can do for the soul.
Having a routine in the morning will help you get in gear and avoid the stress of rushing before you head out the door. After I wake up and brush my teeth and wash my face I’ll practice 15-20 minutes of yoga, get dressed, pack my lunch, and make breakfast. If I end up with extra time I’ll make myself some tea and read a book, catch up on blogs, or squeeze a quick photo sesh in before work. On my days off I really like to enjoy my mornings before I work out or dive into what needs to be done for the day.
Make Your Bed
I never used to make my bed because I “didn’t have time.” Then I realized this was a stupid excuse because it honestly takes a minute to do. It’s such a powerful habit to adopt that will grant you a sense of accomplishment every morning and make you a happier person. Plus I love coming home to a room free of clutter!
The ultimate reason I was able to become a morning person was because I truly wanted to change my lifestyle. If you are willing to commit, you will fight through those first couple of painful mornings to allow your body to adjust. Instead of telling yourself “I’m just going to lie here 15 more minutes,” remind yourself of the positives that will come out of those extra 15 minutes you waste doing nothing. Gaining this time will allow to do some stretching, make yourself breakfast, write in a journal, relax, and set intentions for the day. You will have a much more positive attitude and outlook on life.
Are you a morning person? Were you always one? What are some tips or tricks you have learned that help make waking up early easier?
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