As much as I want to be, I’m just not naturally a morning person. As long as I can remember, I’ve always been a night owl. That has changed since moving in with my boyfriend who, I’m not joking, would wake up at 4am to hit the gym before work. It was helpful having someone around at night that would go to bed early, but now he’s working third shift so I’m back to holding myself accountable for getting a decent amount of sleep.
Even though I still groan a bit when the alarm goes off, I’ve changed a few habits in my life that really helps me get a good night sleep and be productive in the morning. Now I’m not reinventing the wheel here, I spent some time researching healthy lifestyle tips and these are the ones that work best for me.
- Stop drinking caffeine after noon. This one is particularly hard for me because I love coffee! However, I’ve noticed a significant change in my body telling me when to hit the sheets once I cut out caffeine after lunch. It’s also helped me drink more water in my day.
- Pick out your clothes the night before. This one is huge! I have wasted so much time in the morning trying on outfits before work. At night I feel less rushed, and gets me to start thinking about what I have going on the next day. Trust me, this will help your morning be less stressful.
- Prepare your breakfast and lunch the night before. Right when I come home from work I prep my lunch for the next day. It makes such a difference in the morning! Also, I was never a big breakfast person (unless we’re talking about brunch on the weekends) but knowing what I’ll eat the night before really helps getting me out of bed.
- Turn Off Electronics Before Going To Bed. Okay I’ll admit, I still do this once in a while and end up spending an extra thirty minutes on Pinterest! Put the phone and laptop away and pick out a good book to read. It’s really a great way to relax and end your day.
- Don’t Press Snooze On Your Alarm. I know I know, easier said than done. Especially during the winter, having an extra 15-20 mins being cuddled up under the blankets sound like the perfect way to start your morning. The thing is though, your motivation to start your day is slipping away and sleeping an extra few minutes won’t help you get through your day. The moment your alarm wakes you, get up and moving. Don’t even let your mind register how extremely comfy you are in bed. Play some music and get pumped up for the day!
- Get Into An Exercise Routine. Having a routine is probably the best way to stick to exercising. Some find working out after a long day of work a way to relieve stress. It also helps you crash the moment you put your head on the pillow. I’m quite the opposite, getting up and hitting the gym right away helps me get my day going, feel accomplished before I even head to work, also helps me stay aware of what I put in my body for the rest of my day. Another great thing about working out in the morning is after work I don’t feel guilty about wanting to relax.
- Have The Mindset That Your Mornings Will Determine How The Rest Of Your Day Will Go. I try to tell myself this when all I want to do is lay in bed. When I follow the above steps, I feel so much better about myself and tend to have a productive day. So when you’re in bed contemplating on hitting that snooze button, just think about how you want the rest of your day to do.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are days I drink coffee until 4pm because I don’t think I’ll make the final stretch at work. Or I’m too lazy to pick out my clothes at night and end up scrambling around in the morning looking for tights that don’t have holes in them. I’ve also caught myself hitting the snooze alarm and skipping my workout. I tell myself I’ll just go after work but once I get home there’s no way I’m heading to the gym. Hey, no one is perfect.
But following these few tips have really helped me be more productive, feel better about myself and be less stressed out. I even do it on the weekends so I stick to the routine. Do you have any other tips on how to be a morning person? I’d love to hear them!