For as long as I can remember I’ve been a night person. I spent almost all my 20’s staying up till the early hours. Mornings were not my friend and I LOVED sleeping in. As I got older I began to understand the importance of sleep. And I discovered how becoming an early riser affected my day in such a positive way. Looking back I kind of wish I’d discovered the benefits of being a morning person sooner.
The best thing about becoming a morning person is you don’t need to be an early riser. I personally feel my best when I crawl out of bed between 8 and 9. I thought I’d come up with a few tips for those of you that want to become a morning person or at the very least be more content with rising earlier. So let’s get to it.
1. Know Your Goals
Goals are so important when you want to make a lifestyle change. Even if it is just to wake up 1 or 2 hours earlier. Grab a pen and some paper and jot down some goals. Be realistic. You don’t want to set goals for yourself that you know are unachievable as you’ll only set yourself up for disappointment when you’re unable to achieve them.
2. Set That Alarm
I’ve been using alarms for all kinds of things for years. They’re super handy and can totally keep you on track all day if you need the extra help. If you’re not used to waking up early but you really want to, setting an alarm can be such a help. If you cannot jump right in at your desired time, say 7 am, then set your alarm for 8 am. Then every 3 days bring it back 15 mins until you reach your goal. This not only helps you rise a little earlier than you’re used to but doing it gradually will help you adjust a little better. With time and consistency, you may find yourself no longer needing your alarm altogether as your body should naturally adjust.
3. Plan Ahead
Planning ahead will definitely help you in those early days if you know you’ll struggle in the morning. Organising your breakfast, outfit, makeup and prep the coffee maker the night before makes such a difference. It’s also super helpful if you’re also trying to develop a morning routine. And having everything ready to go means you’re ready to jump right into your day as soon as you rise.
4. Develop A Routine
As a night time routine helps you process the events of the day and calm your body/mind for bed. A morning routine helps you set yourself up for a successful day. Your morning routine can include anything from health and fitness to mental health and self-care. I’m working on a post containing some tips on developing a morning routine so stay tuned for that.
5. Be Consistent
That saying ‘consistency is key’ is so true. Being consistent each morning will help your brain and body adjust to the change you’re trying to make. With time you should find your body will automatically awaken at your preferred time. You may find you’ll actually like or even loving getting up earlier. You never know. Just make sure to be consistent and refer to your goals if you need to. But don’t get yourself down if you slip up here and there.
Are you a morning person or night person?