In my early 20’s I used to avoid mornings like the plague. I loved staying awake late at night, binge watching shows, or going to a late dinner with friends. I had so much energy, I would go to the gym at 7p.m. because I could sleep till 10am. While I’m still technically in my 20’s, that was my early 20’s. The early 20’s where I could function with flying colors. Whether it was waking up after a night of drinking or getting 4 hours of sleep, I always felt like I have a good nights rest. I like to call my early 20’s my rockstar days…or my Monster days if you know me. But by now I’ve realized that I have had to become a morning person.
I became a morning person when I gained more responsibilities…
Long gone were the days where I could casually roll out of bed, watch 2 hours of t.v. while I drink my morning coffee and casually make myself an egg white omelette. Now I have a very busy child who wakes up at 6:30 in the morning and is ready to slay the day!
I found myself hating the fact that I would be too tired to go to the gym or that I didn’t have any time to read a book. My life was consumed by mom life and my own cup was running out of juice.
That’s when I decided I needed to become a morning person…
The world became a whole new place when I decided to become a morning person. Waking up between 5:30am and 6:00am, I instantly added 4 hours of productivity to my day.
Benefits of being a morning person:
– You get to see the sunrise and the sunset
– You won’t need to rush in the mornings
– You’ll get ‘you’ time
– You’ll have the energy (& time) to make your workout count.
– There will be time to make a healthy breakfast AND time to eat it.
– All the successful people are already doing it.
– Research shows that people who wake up earlier are happier and healthier.
So how do I become a morning person?
Becoming a morning person requires a little nightly preparation. If you’re a night person trying to become a morning person, prep your brain the night before by putting together a little mental schedule for yourself.
The night before:
1. Set your alarm 2-3 hours before you have to be out the door. Don’t set your alarm based on the amount of time it takes you to get ready. Set your alarm so you have enough time to c h i l l and not rush out the door.
2. Make sure your clothes are ready to go. Are you going to workout and then go to work? Plan your outfits the night before so you aren’t spending more time figuring it out in the morning.
3. Book your workout class. Morning workouts are the best. I love going 1/2 asleep and being told what to do. By the time I’m awake, my workout is already done. I’m doing Fit Body Bootcamp in the mornings and loving it because it’s only 30 minutes but I get a great workout in.
4. Turn off electronics (t.v., phones, laptops, etc) 1 hour before going to sleep. This will help you fall into a deep sleep faster.
Your new morning routine:
1. Wake up when your alarm goes off. No snoozing! This is your new routine to slay the day, so don’t waste another minute in a half-assed sleep. Get up and get going.
2. Make your bed. Unless your significant other is in there, then don’t. But you want to remove all temptation to get back into bed.
3. Look outside. This will help your internal clock wake up faster too.
4. Stretch. Get your blood flowing and your energy pumping. There’s no going back to sleep for you!
5. Make a healthy breakfast. With all that extra time, you deserve to nourish your body.
6. Have some YOU time. Are you dying to dive into a new book? Or maybe start a new side business? Or maybe just sit in silence and meditate? Now is the time to do whatever it is that makes you and only you happy.
7. Make a to-do list. This isn’t a necessity for waking up early but definitely one of the perks. The reason why people who wake up earlier are happier is because they feel like they’re in control of their day. When I make a to-do list, it’s empowering to cross things off my list; I feel accomplished. So when you have the extra time to spare, make a to do list and set yourself up for a productive day!