I’m a morning person. I love watching the sunrise, love the feeling of being up before anyone else, and I love the feeling of productivity that you get just by starting your morning earlier than you need to. I just hate waking up.
If you’re like me, (and statistically, you probably are) your alarm going off probably means hitting that snooze button a couple more times and burying yourself further into the covers in an attempt to delay the inevitable. I mean, I don’t think I’m ever going to love being woken up by that irritating, obnoxious sound, but I can make mornings easier on myself. Here’s how I make my mornings less like this:
and more like this:
1. Do night-before prep
This sounds like a no-brainer, but half the stress and unpleasantness of the morning is stumbling around trying to put together an outfit and find a clean beauty blender. The easiest way of eliminating that struggle is organising it all the night before.
Lay out your clothes, from the last thing you put on (coat, shoes) down to the very first (underwear). Pick out every single detail of the outfit, from bag to accessories. Don’t be the person running around and trying to find their keys as they leave the house. Put everything you need in your bag the night before, and leave it by the door.
If you’re a makeup-wearing person, lay out every single product in your bathroom or vanity. From the one you’re going to use first to the very last thing. It’ll get rid of the bleary-eyed searching for that one thing you swear you put here yesterday, and shave precious minutes off your morning routine.
Pack yourself a healthy lunch, and pop that in the fridge.
2. Get to sleep early
I know, I know. It sounds obvious, but the most surefire way of being able to face the morning is going to bed at a reasonable hour the night before. If you want to be a morning person – or at the very least, stop hating the morning with the passion of a thousand burning suns – then you need to let go of late nights.
Do whatever you need to – have a hot cup of decaf tea, do some meditation, go for a run, listen to whale sounds – anything to make sure that by 8 o’clock, your head is on the pillow and you’re drifting off.
The best way to trick your brain into getting sleepy earlier is by making it into a routine. Your brain will start to realise whats to come and prepare for it, and you’ll find getting to sleep easier and easier.
3. Utilise your phone properly
And I don’t just mean alarms. The blue light on our screens actually keeps the brain switched on (pun intended), so we may as well use it to our best advantage. That means putting your phone away at least half an hour before you try and sleep so that your brain is ready for sleep.
It also means that if you want to cheat yourself into being awake, check your notifications. You can even allocate five or ten minutes of your morning routine to lie there and catch up with the outside world.
4. Bite the bullet
It’s all too easy just to say “ten more minutes” and allow yourself to drift off again. Instead, start forcing yourself out of bed. The sooner you get your body up and moving, the faster you’ll wake up.
5. Make the most out of breakfast
Pre-made breakfasts can be an absolute saving grace. If you like smoothies, put all the ingredients into the blender the night before so that all you have to do is switch it on. If you prefer something a little more substantial, try overnight oats or muesli.
6. Switch up your alarm
Do you prefer a loud, siren alarm that fills you with adrenaline? Or do you prefer soft sounds that gradually get louder, making waking up more relaxing? Switch your alarm up and find the one that wakes you up best.
Just don’t put a song as your alarm, unless you want to hate it for eternity.
Our focus and willpower is strongest in the morning hours, so make the most of it. Getting yourself out of bed that little bit earlier and going for a run or taking the dog for a brisk walk can give you an energy boost to carry you through the rest of the day.
8. Get shit done
Pick a couple of tasks that you want to get done throughout the day, and work on them during the early hours. Not only is your focus at its highest, but by working on stuff before everyone else gets up there’ll be nobody to distract you or bother you.
Best of all? The momentum of ticking things off your to-do list early on will make your whole day more productive.
Any tips on how you overcame morning-phobia? Leave them below.
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