Top Tips to Becoming a Morning Person
Good morning, friends! Not exactly sure what time you are checking in to this post. It could be as early as 6am, since that is when my posts go live! Whether or not you are actually reading this in the early am, I wanted to bring you my top tips for waking up early and what I do to simplify my morning routine.
Research has shown that waking up early can make you more productive, but it has also recently shown that it affects your mental health! Giving yourself time to begin your day peacefully can help reduce stress as well. Ever have to be somewhere by 8am and for some reason, your alarm doesn’t go off? You wake up at 7:20, knowing that you will be late and frantically run around. Now, how does that affect the rest of your day? Well, I bet you feel frazzled, you might have extra road-rage, maybe you forgot your lunch at home. The one thing I know for sure is that your day and your attitude would probably be improved by a more relaxing start to your day.
As I’ve gotten older, I have found that I thoroughly enjoy waking up early, and in general, earlier than I need to, because it starts my day off on the right foot, and with the right mindset. It also gives me an excuse to be in bed by 10pm, which is just glorious. Ha! If you are someone who finds it challenging to wake up earlier than need-be, take note of the tips I’m about to spill. Plus, what you should be doing the night before to make that morning routine as simple as can be.
5 Top Tips for Becoming a Morning Person
Adjust your schedule gradually and stick to it.
Remember when you were in school and summer break was coming to an end? You were used to going to bed at 2am and waking up at noon? My parents had us start to gradually adjust those sleep schedules in the weeks leading up to school. You could just shock your body by suddenly waking up at 6am, when you usually roll out of bed at 7:30am. Or, you could be kinder to yourself and make the change in 15-minute increments.
It is also important to remember to go to bed earlier too! Don’t just focus on waking up earlier, because reducing your actual amount of sleep will negate all of the positive effects of early morning rising.
The other important thing? You need to stick to this routine on the weekends. This is by far, the hardest transition for people to make. You tend to be out later, and probably don’t have a reason to be up before 9am. However, sticking to those early morning wake-ups is crucial for your body to get the memo that this is your new routine. It doesn’t have to be the exact same time as weekdays, but try to keep it within an hour if possible.
Choose a nice alarm!
This is something I started implementing about 6 months ago and it has been a life-changer! Have you ever heard that standard phone alarm go off when you’re out and about? I bet it instantly stresses you out. Our brains have been trained to associate that noise with an activity most people don’t enjoy- waking up early!
Recently, I set my alarm ring-tone for a nice, calming song, Warm Whispers by Missy Higgins. It is so much nicer to wake up to beautiful music, than to that blaring alarm!
Prepare the night before.
I am going to touch on this more below, because I have a lot to say about the matter. But, prepare, prepare, prepare. The more time you allow yourself to just chill in the morning, the better you will feel.
Do something you love first-thing.
Think about this. If you get to do something you love early in the morning, are you going to look forward to waking up in order to do that activity? Yes, I think you will. For myself, there are two things I do in my morning routine that I’m excited about daily.
First things first, there’s breakfast. This may sound silly to some people, but I go to bed thinking about my breakfast the next morning. I pretty much have the same thing every day, and it is pure heaven. Egg white oatmeal, with chia seeds, peanut butter, mini chocolate chips, strawberries, and bananas. Mmm mmm mmm. Jarrett makes fun of me all the time, but I can’t wait to go to bed because it means I am closer to eating this incredible concoction.
Additionally, I love checking in on a couple blogs I have been reading for years, including Peanut Butter Fingers.
Find something you enjoy doing and schedule it during your morning routine. I guarantee you will want to wake up to do it!
Move your body.
Give yourself time to stretch, do yoga for a few minutes, take the dog for a walk. Get some blood flowing and your body will start to wake up! If you can combine this with getting some fresh air, all the better. Exercise, no matter how light, gives you endorphins! Let those flow through you and start your day off on the right foot.
Simplify Your Morning Routine with Actions the Night Before
Prep breakfast and pack lunch.
If you are someone who can eat the same breakfast every week day, this tip will work well for you! Every night, I put my oats and chia seeds in a container, and chop my strawberries and bananas ahead of time. That way, in the morning, I can just combine the oats/seeds with egg whites, microwave it, and top with my pre-cut fruit and extra goodies. It take me maybe 3 minutes to make breakfast, instead of 8-10. Now, if you eat toast or something that’s quick anyways, ignore the breakfast prep.
Even if you skip breakfast, which is not great for you, I can assume you probably eat lunch! It is healthier and more cost-effective to pack lunch for work, instead of eating out, but you probably already knew that. If your lunch is all ready to go when you’re heading out the door in the morning, it’s a lot less likely that you’ll say, “screw it, I’m ordering Chipotle today.” Take the 10 minutes to throw it in a lunch box the night before and you’ll be golden in the morning. I take the time to do this while dinner is cooking. I’m sure you could find a few minutes between stirring a pot or chopping veggies to do the same.
Wash your hair.
This is another easy one for me to do at night because I work out in the late afternoon. In the last six or so months, I have transitioned from washing my hair daily, to washing it 3-4 times a week. Dry shampoo has been a life-saver, and my hair is so much healthier since starting this. If you are new to this process, it may been a bit gross. But, your body will adjust and gradually produce less oil!
So, anyways, if you can, wash your hair at night. I still take a body shower in the morning, but that takes me 3 minutes versus a 8-10 minute shower and then the time it takes to blow dry that wet hair.
Make a to-do list.
I am a self-proclaimed list-lover. The notepad on my iPhone is constantly used and I get immense satisfaction from crossing things off that list. Throughout the day, I will add things to my weekly list as I think of them. Then at night, I organize the list for the following day. Knowing what I want to accomplish sets me up for success and that way when I wake up, I know what needs to be done.
Plus, checking things off that list first-thing in the morning, is the best feeling! Watching that to-do list dwindle before I am even out the door in the morning is amazing. If you’re not a list person, just try it out. Being able to visualize everything you completed before 7am is motivating to keep getting up early and crushing it!
Choose your outfit.
This is not a big deal to me, mostly because my work wardrobe is limited. However, if you are someone who has a lot of freedom with what they can wear to work, or you just take forever to choose an outfit, it may be smart to start deciding the night before.
I’m sure you have stood in your closet for way too much time, unhappy with all of your options. Take the frustration out of your morning routine and at least narrow down your options the previous evening.
Reduce screen time.
Did you know that your iPhone has a setting screen time setting? You can schedule “downtime,” during which certain apps will not function. I started doing this recently and love the reminder that I should be getting off my phone before hopping in bed. The blue light produced by computers and cell phones triggers our brains to stay alert. Which is not something you want to do prior to sleeping.
Falling asleep easier and getting into more restful sleep faster will help make those early morning wake ups a lot easier!
I hope you found some of these tips helpful and are well on your way to becoming a morning person!
Check out my night routine here!