Rise and shine! Becoming a morning person can be a daunting task for some people but have no fear! We compiled a list of the best ways to quit hitting snooze and get the most out of your mornings.
Shift Your Mindset
At first, waking up early may feel like a chore. Consider changing your mindset from “I am not a morning person” to “I am becoming a morning person.” This small change can potentially make a big difference once the alarm goes off. Shifting your mindset will be a consistent part of your journey those first few weeks, so remember to be patient with yourself and that the long-term benefits are worth the momentary struggle.
Maintain a Consistent Bedtime and Wake Up
Studies suggest that people should get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. That means if you’re waking up at 6, you should be going to bed no later than 11pm. That being said, many people may struggle to adjust their bodies to fall asleep earlier. Consider turning your cell phone on vibrate and placing it face-down so you don’t get distracted by the light. Another option is to wind down with some caffeine-free tea and a nice book. While you may have to go through some trial and error before you find the solution that works for you, once you have a set routine down, waking up in the morning will be a much easier, natural process.
If you can, try to keep your bedtime and wake up time consistent even on the weekends for the first few weeks.
Eat Dinner Earlier
If you’re a night owl, you may be eating dinner on the later side. However, as you work towards becoming a morning person, it can be helpful to try having an earlier dinner, ideally three hours before you plan on going to sleep. This will ensure that your digestive system isn’t working overtime when your body should be recharging and resting.
Create a Morning Routine
Now that you’re waking up earlier, it’s important to create a routine that makes sense for your schedule. Some people enjoy starting their day with a smoothie or coffee, others enjoy a morning workout. For some, they may want to practice gratitude in the morning by writing down what they’re most grateful for each day. No matter what your routine looks like, it’s helpful to make sure it’s something you enjoy and are excited about. That way, the routine will be sustainable and getting out of bed in the morning will be more rewarding.