Beep, beep, beep. The excruciating noise of your alarm clock going off in the morning, brutally waking you up from your sleep. Ugh, it’s that time again.
I feel you, mornings can be tough and every morning is a new battle. I never really was a morning person. And I never thought I’d say this but I actually appreciate and enjoy my mornings now. That’s something for someone who used to HATE mornings.
For me, being a morning person isn’t necessarily about waking up at 5am, although it seems to be the trend lately. To be honest, I don’t think it’s the time you start your mornings that has the biggest influence on how you feel in the morning. I think it’s more about how you wake up and what you do with your time in the morning.
If you want to love your mornings, that’s exactly what you need to have a good look at. Think about why you feel tired and stressed in the morning. Because you don’t have enough time or because you spend your time on the wrong things? Don’t worry, I’m here to help! These 5 steps will make you love your mornings again.
It all starts with mornings. A good start sets the tone for the rest of the day.
It’s time to rise and shine, beauty!
1. Prep The Night Before
Having an amazing morning, starts the night before. There’s a lot that you can prep before going to bed that you would normally do in the morning. Think about laying out your clothes, planning your day and prepping your breakfast and lunch.
Making these tiny decisions in the evening doesn’t take much effort, but can make all the difference in the morning when time is precious. We all know what it’s like trying to decide on an outfit 5 minutes before having to leave the house, right? That time pressure can trigger stress, which is exactly what you want to avoid to have a pleasant and relaxed morning. So prep what you can.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Tired when you wake up and sleepy during the day? Have you ever considered the thought that you may feel that way because you’re not getting enough sleep?
I never realized how much my day was influenced by how much sleep I was getting. Deep down I think I knew I wasn’t getting enough sleep, but I ignored the signals. When the alarm would go off in the morning, I promised myself to go to bed a little bit earlier that night. Yet, somehow there was always something else. Sounds familiar?
I know that getting enough sleep sounds straightforward, but a lot of us sacrifice sleep on a daily basis for work, family or even to watch a good show on Netflix. Not getting enough sleep can make it more difficult to get up in the morning. On top of that, you might feel moody and less productive throughout the day and you can be stressed more easily.
It’s time for you to stop ignoring those signals and make sure that you’re getting enough sleep. Try to be consistent and go to bed at the same time every night. If that’s difficult for you, set an alarm half an hour before you want to go to bed to remind yourself.
3. Take The Rush Out Of Your Mornings
Mornings can be chaotic, rushed and somehow there never seems to be enough time. To start your day a little bit more calm and relaxed, try to take the rush out of your mornings.
You can do that by adopting morning habits that allow you to slow down and ease into your day. Teaching yourself to slow down in the morning can help you battle the stress and chaos. Start small by replacing some of your old habits with new ones. If you spend 30 minutes on checking your phone in the morning before stepping out of bed, try to wake up with with a good book and a cup of tea instead.
Also pay attention to HOW you wake up in the morning. If your day starts with the horribly loud beeping sound of your alarm clock, try changing it to something more melodic. Or consider an alarm clock that simulates the sunrise to wake up calmer and more peaceful. Such a small improvement, can already have a big impact on how you start your morning.
Another way to take the rush out of your mornings is by creating more time. Get up a little bit earlier than you normally do, to make time for those morning habits that help you to start your day off peaceful and relaxed.
4. Have Something To Look Forward To
Unless you really, really love your job, the thought of having to get dressed and going to work first thing in the morning when your alarm goes off, is not really appealing. It can truly make it harder for you to get out of bed and immediately influences your mood (not in a good way!) from the moment you wake up.
I have experienced that having something to look forward to in the morning, makes the beginning of your day much more pleasant. It could be doing a yoga practice or something as small as drinking a cup of tea in bed while reading. Whatever that is for you, make time for it and do it. Waking up knowing that you can first do something you love, gives a positive boost to your morning and also makes it easier for you to get up. If you start your day doing something you love, you’ll start to see that mornings aren’t so bad after all.
5. Make It A Routine
To really love your mornings and be a morning person, you have to adapt your morning routine accordingly. Because you’re used to your current morning routine, it can be difficult to do things differently and change things up. Changing a routine takes time and effort.
Doing something new always feels uncomfortable the first time around. But the more you practice, the easier it gets and the better it goes. In the beginning you may find yourself thinking about your new routine a lot. But over time, with repetition, you get used to it. You do it without much thought or effort and it feels comfortable. That’s when you know it has become a habit.
Just one more thing…
That’s all you need to know about loving your mornings and being a morning person! I truly hope these 5 steps give you some guidance to start your day in a better way and inspire you to do things differently. Because I want you to love your mornings (or at least hate them less!) and see them in a different light.
Believe me, you don’t have to hate mornings for the rest of your life. And the fact that you’ve come all this way reading this article tells me that you want to do something about it. Now, it’s up to you to make that change.