I am a self-proclaimed night owl at heart. Not gonna lie, I picture "morning people" as coffee drinking, newspaper reading, before daylight type of people (aka my husband). For us night owls, there's something ironic about becoming an adult... because, unless you work night-shift you have to become a morning person. Sounds terrible, I know, BUT(!) I've rounded up some tips that will help you (yes, you!) and I become a coffee drinking, newspaper reading before daylight type of person, AND like it.
7 Ways to Become a Morning Person (and Like It)
Don't check your phone or computer as soon as you wake up.
I hate to say, but checking my phone is the first thing I do e-v-e-r-y morning. It's a habit, a bad habit. The time we spend on our phone/computer in the morning is time we could spend doing something good for ourselves. Like fixing breakfast (no more ice cream for breakfast), or taking the dogs on a walk before work.
Get natural light right away.
As soon as possible, open your blinds or curtains. Natural light tells your body that it's time to wake up. If you're waking up earlier than the sun, try an alarm clock with a light that mimics the sunrise. Because face it, "rise and shine" matters.
Easier said than done, I know, BUT(!) consistency goes a long way. For me personally, I like to shower right before bed, and then read a book in bed. Find a ritual, and stick to it. Over time, your body will get used to this pattern and know when it's time to shut down. Also, the environment you sleep in is just as important. I prefer it cold, dark (absolutely no light) and completely silent.
Get up at the same time every day.
Could you imagine not needing an alarm, and just using your internal clock? Eventually, you can. We've all done it, woke up just a few minutes before our alarm sounds... that's your internal clock, don't mess with it. Also, limit sleeping in on the weekends, because it can throw off your body's schedule. I actually prefer going to bed earlier than normal, rather than sleeping in, I feel like sleeping in wastes the day.
Workout in the morning.
This isn't for everyone, sure, but don't knock it until you try it. I'll be the first to admit, I'm an afternoon/evening workout kinda gal. BUT(!) over the past months, I've been waking up earlier than normal to get my workout in before work, and when I do I must say it's a nice feeling. It gives me the evening at home to catch up on things I need to do around the house, and gives me extra time with my family. Not to mention, a good workout in the morning puts you in a good mood, and sets your day up for success.
Have something to look forward to.
This is huge for me, because I often let work overconsume me. Plan your week so that you have something to look forward to, whether it's calling a friend to catch up, or going out for lunch (it's the little things). While it would be great if everyone loved their jobs, and had zero stress, that's not the case. Giving yourself something to look forward to through out the week will give you motivation, and a reason to get out of bed. Don't wait for Friday to be excited.
Plan your morning routine.
Have you ever put on three different outfits because you didn't like the first one, or the second, and probably still not the third (story of my life), but you're running out of time, so you go with it? It's the absolute worst. To make room for all the good things you look forward to in the morning, take care of the one thing you dread the most the night before. Make your lunch, pack your gym bag, and lay out your outfit before you roll down the sheets. Do everything you can to make sure you wake up feeling prepared, relaxed, and ready for the day.
Once you start waking up earlier, how you spend your time is yours. At one point, I was very consistent with my morning routine, heck I even had enough time in the morning to read a chapter or two before work.
What tips have helped you become a morning person? I'd love to hear!